Pierre Fauchard
("father of dentistry")


Pierre Fauchard (acknowledged "father of dentistry", early 18th Century) was nearly livid in his opposition to mercury anywhere on the human body (he did not specifically refer to mercury in the teeth; apparently this was a later invention -- a hundred years later!

Fillings of a paste-mixture (amalgam) of mercury and coin-silver were reportedly first used in about 1819 by Tavenu in France and Bell in England. (Source: T. Wilwerding, C.J. Vacanti, History of Dentistry, 1997-8, Creighton U.)

The following excerpt is taken from "The Surgeon Dentist or Treatise on the Teeth ..." (translated from Second Edition 1746 by Lilian Lindsay, 1946; p. 38-39):