Have you ever wondered why ancient skeletons have teeth, while we’re constantly complaining about tooth decay in present days? Scientists have the answers.
Tooth decay has been a problem even for our great-great-great-ancestors. In ancient times dentistry hasn’t been known to mankind as it is nowadays. The ancient dentist methods were extremely painful, to say the least, but skeleton findings prove that teeth can be preserved even after the person’s death. According to Dr. Estelle Lazer, an archeologist from the University of Sydney, the tooth bacteria causing dental decay doesn’t survive in a dead body. In other words, once you die, your teeth will stop decaying. Dr. Lazer also states that after the person’s death the teeth become probably the most durable fragment of the entire body. And while ancient skeletons don’t have most of their teeth attached to their skulls, they still have few of them left.
Dr. Lazer admits that the surroundings of the ancient skeletons are also vital for the preservation process. The extremely wet or very dry environments play a huge role when it comes the skeleton’s condition.