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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Yah-E, Feb 18, 2002.

  1. Yah-E

    Yah-E Toof Sniper 10+ Year Member

    Here's the dental symbol, often you see this symbol on lab coats at various schools like Marquette and Nova. Can any of you tell me what does any of it mean (the circle, the triangle, the snake, etc.)?

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  3. UofM01

    UofM01 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 21, 2001
    YahZZZ ,

    If I do recall correctly, one side of the branch of leaves has 32 leaves for the adult permanent teeth and the other has 23 leaves for the non-permanent childrens teeth. :)
  4. moe

    moe Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    Here is what I know about the symbol. The staff with the snake coiled around it is the Staff of Aesculapius or Asclepius. Aesculapius was the Greek god of medicine or healing. This symbol represents all of the medical professions including dentistry. The triangle is the greek symbol for the letter delta, or for us the letter D. The point of the triangle is to reresent D or Dentistry. The cirle is supposed to represents the unlimited of amount of services that can be provided by the profession. I do not know what the leaves represent. Hope this helps!
  5. Yah-E

    Yah-E Toof Sniper 10+ Year Member

    Hey you guys, thanks for the info! Oh just one thing for UofM01, FYI, there are 20 total Primary (aka decidous or baby) teeth not 23! Now, I'm trying to find a better picture of the two leaf branches to see if one is realy 32 leaves and the other 20!

  6. Yah-E

    Yah-E Toof Sniper 10+ Year Member

    Hey you guys,

    I have two more versions here, I don't think that the two leaf branchs signifies 32 and 20 teeth. The number of leaves look pretty equal to me on both sides!

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    Our goal is to find out what are those leaves doing there? :confused:
  7. quantumhead

    quantumhead Verrucas Vulgaris 7+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2002
    Richmong, VA
    Check this link out:
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    It also says this:

    This design uses as its central figure a serpent entwined about an ancient Arabian cautery in
    the manner of the single of Aesculapius, the Greek god of medicine, coiled about a rod. The
    Greek Letter D (delta), for dentistry, and the Greek letter O (omicron), for odont (tooth)
    form the periphery of the design. The word ?Dentistry? appears on the lowest part of the
    letter O. In the background are 32 leaves and 20 berries, representative of two dentitions.
    Because colors are sometimes asked for, the following are suggested: the background in a
    shade of lilac, the official academic color of dentistry (Descriptive Color Names Dictionary
    of the Containers Cooperation of America, 1950, color chip 12 ge); the letter O in gold; the
    letter A in black; the cautery in gold outlined in black; and the leaves and berries merely
    outlined in black on the lilac background.
  8. Yah-E

    Yah-E Toof Sniper 10+ Year Member


    Thanks for the research!!! By the way, welcome to "our" forum! I've been reading most of your posts, I can see that you're a great resource addition to this forum. I expect you to break 100 posts mark by next week! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />

    Now we know what this dental insignia stands for!! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />

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