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.