Pity the Poor Prehistoric Patient

Today, we usually take it for granted that having a cavity filled at the dentist’s office is a relatively quick, painless, and effective means of keeping tooth decay in check and preserving overall health. However, it certainly wasn’t always that way. When scientists recently examined the 14,000-year-old skeleton of a caveman, who was discovered by archeologists in Italy’s Dolomite Mountains in 1988, they found a tiny flint tool that was used as a dental drill. Known as a “microlith,” this tool was used to scrape away decay from the Stone Age man’s third molar. Even then, early humans recognized the need to remove tooth decay and prevent infection that could spread to other parts of the body and prove life-threatening.

At West Brookfield Dental, we believe in preventive dentistry. We know that you wish to receive your general dental care from a highly trained, caring staff; therefore, professionalism is very important to you. Our promise to you is that our office will provide you with dental care of the highest quality available. Call 508.867.2777 to schedule your next appointment. We’re located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.

P.S. Previous work by archeologists indicated that ancient Egyptians used wire to straighten teeth.


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