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Neanderthals used toothpicks to alleviate gum disease

from redOrbit

Scientists have discovered how the use of toothpicks to remove food scraps from between the teeth dates back all the way to as early as Homo habilis. Now, researchers examining the Cova Foradà Neanderthal fossil found this hominid also used toothpicks to ease the pain associated with oral diseases like inflammation of the gums. This discovery, reported in the journal PLOS ONE, is the oldest documented case of palliative treatment of dental disease using a toothpick. more


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