It’s an area that is still unearthing new discoveries, and 2012 was a great year for learning new things about ancient teeth…It’s a fresh New Year, full of opportunities and endless aspirations. At Curtis Couch D.D.S in Thousand Oaks we look back on the past year to overview just what we learned about teeth throughout 2012. We found many of these tooth facts very interesting, and decided to compile them here for you to read, too! Many of these discoveries provided insight into just how our ancestor’s lived and what they used to help them through life. Read on to discover just what we at Curtis Couch D.D.S learned about these ancient civilizations!
Stone Age style – our ancestor’s used to use dog teeth to decorate accessories!In 2012 a grave that dated back to 2,500BC with the world’s oldest purse was discovered. The strange thing about this discovery was that the purse was laden with over one hundred dog’s teeth – suggesting the ancient population adorned these accessories as stylish and fashionable items.
Ancient shark teeth were used to create nasty weapons…An ancient tribe who resided on an island far away used shark teeth bound to buttresses of wood; they were able to make lethal swords, tridents and even lances! Both intimidating in look and stature, these weapons were discovered in mid-2012 and gave researchers great insight into just how this tribe constructed these weapons and defended themselves against intruders.
Dentistry dates back hundreds of years…An archaic jawbone discovered overseas showed signs of ancient dentistry! New evidence provided by the discovery of an ancient jawbone suggests dentistry can be dated back to ancient civilization, as the jawbone discovered was over 6,500 years old. The jawbone consisted of a tooth that, upon closer inspection, was found to have a cavity that was filled with beeswax – an ancient solution to tooth decay. The restoration was so expertly manoeuvred that it is still intact today!
At Curtis Couch D.D.S we utilize innovative and effective dental restorations…As a modern alternative to beeswax, we at Curtis Couch D.D.S in Thousand Oaks are able to skilfully fill your dental cavities with outstanding success. Thanks to advancements in dental technology and materials, we have certainly upgraded from beeswax to durable, sturdy composite resins that can be color-matched to the exact shade of your teeth! There are many advantages to this innovative dental restoration, including:
- Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth.
- Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
- Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contains fluoride this can help prevent decay.
- The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!