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The earliest dentists came from Pakistan

The earliest evidence of dentistry has been found in teeth discovered in an ancient burial site in Pakistan, and are thought to be 9,000 years old.

The world’s oldest dentists carried out the treatment using small flint-tipped wooden drills, that rotated about 20 times a second, according to a team of Italian researchers who made the discovery.

The international team of scientists from Italy, France, Mexico and Spain examined 300 skeletons and found nine had drilled teeth.

No filling material has been found but the researchers believe that the holes were packed with bitumen, resin or cotton, which has rotted over time.

Finding the remains

The remains were found at Mehrgarh, Baluchistan, part of what is now Pakistan and the people at that time were thought to be extremely sophisticated.

They grew crops and made intricate jewellery from shells, amethysts and turquoise.

Previously the earliest evidence of dentistry had been found in teeth from a Danish graveyard dating from 3,000 BC.

Egyptians are also thought to have been working as dentists in 3000 BC and were able to drill teeth and jaws to relieve pain.

 Posted on : Tue 16th - May - 2006

 

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