Neanderthals practiced prehistoric dentistry

Researchers from the University of Kansas analysed the Neanderthal teeth.


Professor David Frayer, who led the study, said: 'As a package, this fits together as a dental problem that the Neanderthal was having and was trying to presumably treat itself, with the toothpick grooves, the breaks and also with the scratches on the premolar.


'It was an interesting connection or collection of phenomena that fit together in a way that we would expect a modern human to do.


Children should see the Dentist when their first teeth appear

Claire Stevens (pictured) urged delegates at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition in May to support the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry's (BSPD's) campaign to make 'Dental Check by One' the norm for all children in the UK.


Chewing sugar free gum can help reduce tooth decay

Chewing just one additional piece of sugar free gum each day could save £3.3 billion worldwide on dental expenditures from treating tooth decay, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Dentistry on 2 April, 2017


The data is significant given tooth decay and oral diseases rank fourth among the most expensive global health conditions to treat, according to the World Health Organization.


While tooth decay is largely preventable, it still affects 60-90% of schoolchildren and nearly all adults globally.


Good oral health starts in infancy

Good dental health begins in infancy, and that early attention to oral hygiene and care can mean strong teeth and gums as children become young adults and seniors.


Dr. Thom Akins, a paediatric dentist in Aiken, said the earlier a child begins visits to the dentist, the better.