Dentistry: A Feared Profession, One of World’s Oldest

A very early form of human dentistry took place at least 6,500 years ago. Researchers have discovered that early dentists used beeswax to fill cavities and treat tooth aches.

Dr Federico Bernardini states that:

“This finding is perhaps the most ancient evidence of pre-historic dentistry in Europe and the earliest known direct example of therapeutic-palliative dental filling so far.”

Other researchers have also dated tooth drilling to at least 9000 years old.  Although it is unclear why the teeth were drilled, it may very well have been to alleviate pain.

No wonder we are so afraid of going to the dentist.  The fear has been imprinted onto our genetic make up over the course of 1000’s of generations!

 

 

 

Sources:

The Daily Mail- Beeswax filling reveals human dentistry began 6,500 years ago

Wired- 9,000 Year Old Dentistry

Epigenetics and Altering Your DNA

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