Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ancient Teeth Had Cavities

Ancient Teeth Had Cavities

Tooth decay in early humans
A recent study on an old tooth shed some new light on the history of human hygiene.
Scientists say that a 14,000-year-old infected molar revealed the practice of dentistry is thousands of years older than previously thought.
The tooth is part of a preserved skeleton of a 25-year-old man found in Northern Italy in 1988. Scientists determined he lived about 14,000 years ago — during the Upper Paleolithic Age or the late Stone Age.
According to recent analysis, the ancient tooth showed signs of having been cleaned with flint tools. The findings suggest that someone tried to dig out the rotten part of the tooth with stone.
So yes, even cavemen had cavities — and they also went through painful procedures to get rid of them.

Dr. Neal answers all of your questions about Cavities

Your comments are welcome


  1. That’s awful!! A few days ago I also had my tooth pulled out. It had deeper cavity. My Torrance dentist has suggested me to get the tooth implant within a month.

  2. Well, now we know dentistry has been important through the ages! Dental Office Newsletters are a great way to connect with your patients- you could stick in their mind for quite a long time!

  3. well explaining,thanks a lot for gain more new informative which shows some informative about an cavities brings a idea to take more care on our dental health.

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  5. Really superb that much ancient teeth structure i ever saw, it was my pleasure to visit this website.

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