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.
– 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