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Thousand Year Old Cosmetic Dentistry!

Recent studies have found that Native American people added jewels and decoration to their teeth 2,500 years ago.

In southern North America, tribes people went to ancient “dentists” to beautify their teeth with semiprecious gems, notches and grooves. This amazing discovery was made when scientists were studying thousands of teeth in the collections of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History. Scientists are unsure of the exact origin of most teeth in the collections, but they belonged to people living in the region called Mesoamerica before the Spanish conquests of the 1500s.

The embellishment was not a mark of social class, and has been found in remnants of people from all walks of life. Other evidence of early Mesoamerican dentistry has been found, such as a person who received a denture made from animal teeth!

Be afraid of the ancient dentist…

“Dentists” of this period used a drill-like device with a hard stone which was capable of puncturing bone. The ornamental stones such as jade were then attached with an adhesive made from plant sap. These procedures showed evidence of dental technique, as they were able to drill into teeth without hitting the nerve tissue (pulp), therefore removing the likelihood of deadly infection, tooth loss or breakage of the tooth. Anaesthetic may have been formulated from a concoction of herbs…

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