Did Neanderthals Practice Dentistry?
- Posted on: Jul 21 2015
Have you ever wondered if primitive man ever suffered from dental problems? Many of the common dental problems that people struggle with today are caused by sugary drinks and foods that weren’t around in prehistoric times. Even though early man may not have been eating candy bars and drinking soda, evidence shows that he did still suffer from tooth decay and infections.
A recent study concentrated on a Neanderthal skull that appeared to have an infected molar. The molar appeared to have been cleaned by flint tools, proving that early man may have been aware of the dental problems and tried ways to fix them ad avoid infection and pain. This skull is one of the best pieces of evidence of early dentistry.
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