The first American dental publication: "Treatise of human teeth" by Richard Skinner published in New York in 1801 is a short and concise study on the structure and function of teeth. This was published at a time when dentistry, based on local newspaper advertisements of dentists, was still an itinerant practice. Dentistry was not regulated
(first licensing examination was introduced in 1841 the state of Alabama).
Dentists were trained as apprentices in other dentists’ office. The most important and knowledgeable dentists came from France (Jean Gardette) and England (Robert Woffendale, John Baker), dentists that trained some of the prominent American dentists of the time (John Greenwood Sr.). Richard Skinner’s book is a milestone in the rise of American dentistry.