Dr Charles H Bird, Early Dentist

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 16
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1984
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Language eng
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Title Dr Charles H Bird, Early Dentist
Description young wife. If he was to be successful as a dentist, Charles knew he must learn more about it. With Alice Ann as his partner and office girl, together they read the instructions* interpreted the dental literature from the Dental Cosmos, solved problems and worked out techniques in dentistry. During his early practice, Dr. Bird became acquainted with the Clawson brothers in Salt lake City, who sent him literature and informed him of new techniques and new phases of dentistry. In 1879, he opened his first office in one room of the John Tickers home in Nephi. He later moved to a larger, better-equipped office on the west side of Main Street and then to an office by his own home. Vhile living in Nephi he traveled through Sanpete County, publishing notices concerning the days and hours he would be in the various towns in the county. People came to the designated homes where the dental work was done* Prior to Dr. Bird's visits to Sanpete, a Dr. Richards is reported to have been the first dentist in Manti. His office had a sign above the door which readt "Teeth extracted with pleasure, without Pain and without Price." He said the pleasure was his, the pain belonged to the patient, and he performed the operation free. Another early dentist in the county was Charles Whitlock. His dental parlor was in an old harness shop. "He would stop mending a harness any time to pull a tooth. There was no anesthetic in those days and if the tooth broke it was just too bad. After pulling the tooth, Dr. Whitlock would wrap the pinchers in a piece of leather, all in readiness for the next patient." Through work and study* Dr. Bird's techniques and equipment were greatly advanced over these earlier methods. His patients had confidence in him and praised his work. His mother was one of his strong supporters, allowing him to experiment with her teeth. The first dentures he made were for her. Ha, no doubt, did a good job, since she wore the Bame plate throughout her life. In those early days of dentistry, a tooth could be pulled for 25£, filled for 50£, and dentures made for $6 to 112, with platinum, silver, aluminum or tin bases being used. Many hone remedies were used for the toothache which was so prevalent then. A piece of cotton, saturated with oil of cloves or lemon extract, was often used to fill an aching cavity." A swollen gum or jaw went along with the toothache. "It was not until the pain could be endured no -10-
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