3 Sets of Teeth With a Crazy History

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There is something about the way the brain processes the health and look of someone’s teeth that makes them important both culturally and inherently. Most humans desire to have a beautiful set of teeth and they are important to how we view ourselves and each other. That is why even individual neighborhoods will be inundated with searches and requests for teeth related services, such as Brooklyn dental implants.

With all this importance placed on teeth in our time and throughout periods of history, it’s no surprise that history has left us some rather amazing teeth related artifacts.

  1. The Fossilized Tooth

Two recent discoveries of ancient teeth threaten to rewrite our understanding of history. Teeth have long been one of the key artifacts that have allowed scientists to track the evolutionary path of humans – and with every new discovery that knowledge shifts to adopt it.  Recently in England the remains of an early human ancestor rodent was found, while in Germany a type of tooth never yet discovered outside of Africa may have made an appearance.

  1. The Buddha’s Tooth

While religious artifacts based on the bones of spiritual leaders and saints aren’t rare, some of the more interesting outcomes of this practice are the Buddhist temples built around housing the teeth of the Buddha. There are a few of these temples, including the Temple Tree in Sir Lanka which recently hosted the Seventh Buddhist Summit of the World Buddhist Supreme Conference. A special aside was made giving all the monks in attendance a chance to worship the sacred Tooth in Kandy and Atamasthana in Anuradhapura

  1. George Washington Dental Implants

Dental implants go as far back as 4,000 years when bamboo was used to replace teeth in ancient China. There are numerous historical examples of false teeth carried by famous individuals, one of the most well-known being the dentures of George Washington. He was plagued with poor teeth his whole life and had lost a significant number by the time he was middle aged. Although he never had wooden teeth, he had a number of denture sets made from ivory and other materials. Parts of these false teeth sets remain at Mt. Vernon as well as the New York Academy of Medicine.