Father of Modern Dentistry - Oklahoma City, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99
N 35° 28.960 W 097° 30.411
14S E 635452 N 3927596
Quick Description: A statue of the Father of Modern Dentistry is located outside the Oklahoma Dental Assocation.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 9/12/2020 3:59:35 PM
Waymark Code: WM134BY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 3

Long Description:
A statue in OKC celebrates the Centennial of both the state of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Dental Association. Dr. Pierre Fauchard is the subject of this sculpture that was sculpted by a dentist himself!

Pierre is holding a very large book with the word "Dentistry" on the front. The stance of the sculpture indicates he is teaching from the material in his hand.

Text on plaque:
Pierre Fauchard
1678 - 1761
"Father of Modern Dentistry"
In 1693 at the age of fifteen, Pierre Fauchard joined the French Navy where he came under the influence of an outstanding surgeon major who had spent years studying the diseases of dental origin. When he returned to France in 1696 he had gained skill and knowledge not previously found in someone so young. Even though he was using primitive instruments, he became recognized throughout France for his dedication and abilities. He shared freely of his skill in the treatment of dental disease and adapted tools from other trades which he used in dentistry. Pierre Fauchard is credited as being the first to describe himself as a "Chiurgien Dentiste" (a surgical dentist).

In 1718 he moved to Paris where he was called upon by eminent general surgeons for dental consultations and referrals. It was during this time that he was recognized as the most outstanding surgeon dentist in all of France. Doctor Fauchard realized that there were no text books describing dental techniques and that a teaching book or encyclopedia on dentistry was needed. He was determined to raise dentistry to a new height and to establish it as a science of its own. He worked diligently for years and in 1723, at the age of forty-five, he completed the manuscript for "Le Chiurgien Dentiste" consisting of 38 chapters in Volume 1 and 26 chapters in Volume II. Pierre Fauchard created order out of chaos and established a profession from a craft. He lived a very active life and practiced dentistry until his death on March 22, 1761, at the age of eighty-three.
Dedicated April 27, 2007
In honor of the Oklahoma Centennial and the Oklahoma Dental Association Celebrating One Hundred Years of Excellence
Sculptor Gary Dean Gardner, DDS
Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

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