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Going To The Dentist, Ice Age Style

If the thought of going to the dentist is enough to make you feel stressed out, some recent archaeological findings may help you put things into perspective.

Key takeaways:

– A team of archaeologists have found what seem to be the world’s oldest fillings near Lucca, northern Italy

– Using imaging techniques, researchers were able to date the teeth to 13,000 years ago

– The teeth in question had been modified: there was evidence of drilling (perhaps to treat a cavity) and a rudimentary filling had been added using fibers, medicinal plants, and bitumen, a substance that resembles tar

It seems that having an attractive smile in the Ice Age came at the expense of much pain and discomfort. Luckily, modern dental techniques have come a long way and we no longer need to suffer like our ancestors.

Read the full story here: http://gizmodo.com/going-to-the-caveman-dentist-was-probably-a-nightmare-1794128593