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M. Evangeline Jordan-Pedodontics

M. Evangeline Jordon (1865-1952)
DDS 1898 University of California

Pedodontics the care and treatment of children’s teeth

M. Evangeline Jordon portrait.

Rid the country of the deadly candy shop and grocery store, get most of your living from the vegetable garden and the family cow, and apply the teaching of oral hygiene.

M. Evangeline Jordon, 1925. Portrait courtesy of the the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.

Evangelist for Children’s Teeth

M. Evangeline Jordon began her career as a teacher, but summers spent as a dental assistant inspired her to study dentistry at the University of California. Jordon quickly focused on children’s dental needs. The University of Southern California invited her to lecture on pediatric and operative dentistry and, by 1909 she had limited her practice to children.

No-Fear Dentistry

Jordon introduced techniques that helped reduce children’s fear of visiting the dentist. Although some methods, like holding her hand over a child’s mouth until the child stopped screaming, reflected the expectations of the time and would never be used today, they represented a significant breakthrough in understanding that children required a different approach than adults.

A Guide for Others

Jordon firmly believed in the beneficial effect of a good diet on children’s teeth and published a series of papers on dental treatment of children in Dental Items of Interest and Oral Hygiene. She published the first text on the subject, Operative Dentistry for Children, in 1925. 

Photo of child patient with toy duck. From Jordon's book, Operative Dentistry for Children.

Image of a young patient with a toy duck in a fountain spittoon, from M. Evangeline Jordon's book, Operative Dentistry for Children, 1925. From the collection of the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry.

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