Alfred Civilion

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Alfred Civilion was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut back in 1869. His father was a practicing dentist and the first “dental commissioner” for the City of Bridgeport. Of course, Alfred followed in his father’s footsteps graduating from the New York College of Dentistry in 1890.

He had an idea which he started in 1906. He continued to gather support and in 1913 he established a school after raising funds of $46,000.00. His first class was held in his garage. Some of his students included deans of the dental schools from Pennsylvania and Harvard, seven professors from Yale, two from Columbia and so on.

In 1915, a total of 27 students graduated from the first class. What you may not know about Alfred Civilion Fones is that he has been called the founder of the profession of dental hygiene. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association founded in 1923 bestows the Alfred Fones Award to recognize outstanding achievement and dedication to the dental hygiene profession. Until tomorrow keep those pearly whites shinning.


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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... you're correct.... I knew nothing about any of this history. And how forward thinking of Bridgeport to have a Dental Commissioner way back when.

Sep 13, 2017 04:25 AM #1
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Boy James Dray, dental hygiene has come a long way in the past 100 years 

Sep 13, 2017 04:57 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Alfred was a true innovator who provided most of us to live after dental treatment. Enjoy your day! 

Sep 13, 2017 05:09 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Arm and Hammer, Crest and quite a few others were glad he started dental hygiene.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 13, 2017 06:07 AM #4
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James,

I am going for a dental cleaning in a couple of weeks. I plan on throwing Alfred's name out there and see if anyone know of him!

Sep 13, 2017 07:31 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This was a relly interesting read today. Cheers.

Sep 13, 2017 07:32 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

My teeth thank him for that, although this is the first time I have ever heard of this man, haha.

Sep 13, 2017 09:11 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi james - we can keep those pearly whites shining thanks to Alfred Civilion.

Sep 13, 2017 12:38 PM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You just reminded that I need to reschedule my dental cleaning appointment.  A

Sep 13, 2017 02:17 PM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for telling us about Alfred Civilion Fones. Be thankful for clean teeth.

Sep 14, 2017 04:19 AM #10
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

A big thank you to Alfred Civilion Fones.  He raised a considerable amount of money for his school and a very impressive student body, indeed.

Sep 16, 2017 11:45 PM #11
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