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August 22, 2020

The Mayans Used to Decorate Their Teeth by Place Carved Stone Inlays Into Prepared Cavities in Live Front Teeth

To the Mayans, jade was a symbol of wealth and power, green was associated with health and vitality. When other Mayans met her, they would know that she was a significant member of the community.

The Mayas often went to their dentists, but not for fillings or to get a new crown put on. They went to have their teeth beautified with gemstones. From what anthropologists have found, Maya citizens from all levels of society had their teeth decorated, regardless of class.

The result may have looked cool, but the process was undeniably painful. A dentist would have likely used a makeshift drill made from obsidian to punch a hole in the front of a tooth. They would then use a natural adhesive to place the gemstone in the hole. The fact that they were able to do such fine work speaks to an amazing knowledge of tooth anatomy.

The Maya are probably the best-known of the classical civilizations of Central America. Their civilization was renowned for its many great achievements before Spain conquered its lands. The Mayas made great strides in the fields of astronomy and mathematics. They built massive pyramids with no modern tools. The Mayas also invented the field of cosmetic dentistry, but it was much different from what you might imagine.

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