You’ve probably heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It just means that if you take steps to avoid a problem or take care of it early before it becomes a serious issue, it’s easier and faster to get the problem resolved. This philosophy readily applies to your oral health, too. You can practice preventive dentistry by regular brushing and flossing at home, but even the most conscientious of us need professional help to keep our teeth truly clean and healthy.
Scientists originally thought that dentistry didn’t develop until humans settled down and began farming. The resulting diet of high carbohydrate grains and similar foods was thought to have led to increased cavities. But researchers have found evidence that seems to indicate that dentistry goes back much farther than that. Archaeologists have discovered that Stone Age Neolithic humans performed dental procedures — and pretty well, considering the tools and knowledge they had at the time. Read on to discover why it’s believed dentistry began in the Stone Age.