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History journals

For more about the history of dentistry see the BDA Dental Museum section.
BDA Dental Museum


If you are a BDA member and  would like to see a list of our books on a particular aspect of dental history please email us and we will prepare one for you.


Alternatively if you would like a list of articles published on a particular aspect of dentistry then as a BDA member you can request a free literature search from us.


BDA members can request specific articles by downloading our photocopy request form.


See more about this on our Document supply page.


View a list of history related articles from our eJournals titles.


July 2021 Dental Historian

This is the latest issue of the Lindsay Society's Dental Historian journal.

View a list of its contents on the Lindsay Society web page.

View the online archive.


Neanderthals' used toothpicks!

The Journal of Human Evolution has published an article on new hominin teeth found in a cave in Poland that show signs of wear consistent with the use of toothpicks. The first page of the article is freely accessible.


A 2017 piece in the Smithsonian Magazine discusses a similar finding.


History of periodontics

Volume 82 of Periodontology 2000 contains a comprehensive history of periodontics in the USA highlighting pioneers such as John Riggs, G V Black, W D Miller and Anne D Haffajee amongst others.


Dentist Helmut Kunz and the Goebbels' children

This episode at the end of the Second World War is explored in the 13th December issue of the BDJ.


Periodontal history

The September 2019 issue of the Journal of Dental Research discusses 100 years of progress in periodontal medicine.


Bexhill-on-Sea - dentistry in a seaside resort

Paul Hellyer has written two articles in the BDJ issues for September 2019 on the development and growth of dental practice in this Sussex resort between 1885 and 1916.

The growth of general dental practice in a developing Sussex seaside resort 1885-1916 - Part 1: the early settlers

The development of dental practice in a new English seaside resort 1885-1916. Part 2: the next generation 


Fluoride - the history of a consensus

In the July 2019 issue of the Journal of Dental Research ten Cate and Buzalaf take a look at the history of the discovery of fluoride's mode of action.


James IV of Scotland in DHM

Apparently, this "Renaissance Man", Scottish King was interested in the practice of dentistry and extracted teeth!

Other articles in the Dental History magazine include:

  • Report on the Lindsay Society Leicester meeting, October 2019
  • James (Jean/Jacques) Gardette (1756-1831)
  • John Smith: dental surgeon and artist 

In the Journal of the History of Dentistry

The latest issue is Winter 2018.


Articles include:


  • Digital access to the Weinberger rare book collection at NYU college of dentistry
  • Precision and accuracy in the management of periapical lesions during the focal infection era
  • Dr C C Haskell, dentist and sewing machine merchant
  • Public dental services, Queensand: Edward "Ned" Michael Hanlon

  • Dr Thomas B Hartzell: an oral surgeon and physician caught in the conflagrations of focal infection


Available journals

Dental History Magazine - archived (formerly History of Dentistry Newsletter) - the journal of the History of Dentistry Research Group 
Issues 1 to 9 are available on the Research Group website
Library holdings: 2007 to date
Dental Historian (originally called The Lindsay Club Occasional Newsletter) - the journal of the Lindsay Society for the History of Dentistry

A 1975-1998 index is available. View the online archive.
Library holdings: 1975 to date

Journal of the History of Dentistry (originally called Bulletin of the History of Dentistry) - the journal of the American Academy for the History of DentistryIssues from 2005-2009 are available free on the Academy website
Library holdings: 1953 to date