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Paleolithic dentistry

As it turns out, recent research has left anthropologists and dentists alike fascinated with the discovery of new evidence of dentistry being performed some 14,000 years ago! The discovery was done by a group of Italian scientists from the universities of Bologna and Ferrara.

 

Malocclusion on early farmersThe information has been published in the journal of Scientific Reports. It all started with a skeleton dating from the Paleolithic, found on 1988 on the Venetian Dolomites. Experts realized there was a curious hole on the lower third molar and further analyzes confirmed that it was a carious cavity that had been intentionally treated.

 

«What the results show – explains Stefano Benazzi of the University of Bologna, coordinator of the research group – is that the tooth from Villabruna represents the most ancient evidence of manual intervention of a caries. This finding also suggests that in the Upper Palaeolithic humans were aware of the harmful effects of caries infection and the need for action; through the help of a flint microlith (small, sharp stone tool), the diseased tissue was removed and the tooth cleaned in depth.»  Until now, the oldest evidence of «paleodentistry» dated from around seven to nine thousand years ago. This pushes back the beginnings of dentistry almost 5,000 years!

Researchers still don’t know if the Villabruna man was given any natural drugs/concoctions for the pain. Yikes! That would have been pretty harsh to go through. I’m just glad we are living in this era. We have certainly come a long way since then. Right now, our advanced tools are precise and with the help of x-rays and local anesthesia you don’t have to keep suffering for cavities and other dental afflictions. Don’t shy away from your dentists because of fear or shame. We are here to help you!

 

Send us your x-rays and photos so we can give you a personal evaluation of your case at no extra charge. If you want to know more about our services call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.

 

 

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Roger Hill, Happy Patient, Dental Crowns

 

Today is Tuesday, that means we have a Happy Patient to share with you! Roger came all the way from Minnesota with his lovely wife Stacy to get some dental crowns done. Stacy wanted him to be happy and be able to smile again, so Roger decided it was on his best interest to get his treatment from our dental clinic in Cancun.  His experience with other dentist had been regular at best so he made his research through the internet to make sure we were what we said we were… leaders of dental tourism in Mexico!

 

He spent some wonderful days in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Isla Mujeres while he waited for his dental crowns to be finished. You can also enjoy an amazing vacation on our Caribbean beaches by getting the work done here. We are much cheaper than clinics in USA and Canada, while offering the same high quality materials and service. You can save up to 70% on your dental treatments!

 

Roger is pictured above with two of our Mexican Doctors Yadira Badillo (left) and Rebeca Llamosas (right).  All members of our dental staff speak English so you don’t have to worry about anything but having a great vacation.  Our customer care will try to accommodate your needs and answer all your questions to make you feel at home and relaxed.  Roger left Cancun very happy with the work we did and wants to come back later and even bring his brother in law along. Roger, thank you so much for trusting on our dental skills! We are so glad you feel like that!

 

You can also improve your smile like he did! Send us your xrays and photos so we can give you a personal evaluation of your case at no extra charge.  If you want to know more about our services call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.

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For a long time the jaw bone structure of ancient humans has fascinated anthropologists and dentists alike. As it happens there are some marked differences between the structure on hunter gatherer groups (28,000 BCE) and the early farmers on (12,000 BCE).

 

The research done on the first farmers of the Levant shows are smaller versions of their hunter-gatherer predecessors. The diet of the hunter-gatherer was based on «hard» foods like wild uncooked vegetables and meat, while the staple diet of the sedentary farmer is based on «soft» cooked or processed foods like cereals and legumes. With soft cooked foods there is less of a requirement for chewing which in turn lessens the size of the jaws but without a corresponding reduction in the dimensions of the teeth, there is no adequate space in the jaws and this often results in malocclusion and dental crowding.

Lower jaw and teeth of Mesolithic hunter-gatherer (Credit: Olivia Cheronet)   Malocclusion on Lower jaw and teeth of Early Neolithic farmer (Credit: Olivia Cheronet)

 

The link between chewing, diet, and related dental wear patterns is well known in the scientific literature. Today, malocclusion and dental crowding affects around one in five people in modern-world populations.

 

Here at Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry we see this problem everyday with people who have lost most or all of their teeth. The bone on their maxilla or jaw start to lose volume because of the lack of chewing stimuli. This provokes the remaining teeth to shift and cause all kinds of problems.

 

This is why is so important to try to keep your mouth in top condition, prevention tooth decay or replacing missing teeth. Our facility has a wide range of options that help you restore functionality and looks to your teeth at much more affordable prices than in USA and Canada. You can save up to 70% compared to dentists back home and still enjoy a wonderful vacation on Cancun. If you want to know more about our services call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.

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Vacation on Cancun

Summer is here! Thinking on coming over and enjoy this tropical paradise and get some dental work done at the same time? This is the right decision for you! The beaches start to fill and Cancun is bustling with life during this season.

Summer Vacation in Cancun - Dentist in CancunCancun is made up by two main zones: downtown and the Hotel Zone, which is technically a long stretch of an island connected to the main land through two small bridges. The Hotel zone has two coast lines… on one side you have the Caribbean Sea with its signature white sand beaches, and in the other side you will find the Nichupte Lagoon. The lagoon has plenty of mangroves and even some crocodiles!

 

You will get to see sail boats navigating down the lagoon and along the coast, decorated with strip lights that make it seems like out of a dream.

Summer Vacation in Cancun - Dentist in Cancun - Mayan ruins in CancunYou can take advantage of Cancun’s proximity to several archaeological sites around the Yucatan Peninsula. Right here in the hotel zone you can find the Mayan Museum, which has access to a small local site. Chichen Itza is a couple of hours away by car or by bus. There are plenty of tours available to take you there, offering transportation, a small lunch and some even have the option of enjoying a fascinating night show at the pyramid.

Summer Vacation in Cancun - Dentist in Cancun - XoximilcoCloser to Cancun, you can also opt for an evening at Xoximilco, one of Xcaret‘s theme parks. This place is amazing! It is seeks to duplicate the feeling of the traditional “trajineras” found on Mexico City. These are flat boats where family and friends enjoy a small Mexican party with music, drinks and food as they float down a water way.

You can also go fishing and golfing in Cancun! Right in Cancun you will find 4 main golf courses: Puerto Cancun Golf Club, the Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok, the Riviera Cancun Golf Club and the Iberostar Cancun Golf Club. You will find several other golf courses south of the airport, on the way to Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen.

You can enjoy all of these during your vacation in Cancun while you wait for your dental work to finish. If you want to know more about our services call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.

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Dental crown care essentials

It is very important that you give your dental crowns special attention to clean them. Remember, the main function of a crown is to cover most or all of a damaged tooth to restore its looks and functionality.  Failing to clean all food leftovers and debris trapped between your teeth and the crown could lead to a number of problems. The accumulation could provoke gum disease, gingivitis, tooth decay, etc.   Follow these easy crown care essentials to keep them in top condition:

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Brushing: It is essential to brush to keep your teeth healthy, especially now that you have the crowns. Brush your teeth after every meal.  The bare minimum teeth brushing is twice a day; you should brush them after breakfast and just before going to bed. Not take midnight snacks or you will need to brush them again!

Flossing:  You should floss at the very least once a day. When you brush you are missing the 30-40% of your teeth’s surface. This is why flossing is so important. You need to slide the floss out in a horizontal way, instead of up and down trying to snap food particles from there. Doing it up and down might end up dislodging the crown cap. If you have any questions on how to floss properly you should ask your dentist.

Waterpick:  Waterpicks are very practical devices that produce a stream of pressured water that helps dislodge food and plaque from the hard to reach places. This is a perfect addition to your daily cleaning routine.

Mouthwash:   Complement your daily brushing and flossing with mouthwash. You can ask your dentist what type of mouthwash you can use for better results.

Professional Dental cleaning: Don’t miss your dentist appointment! Is essential that you visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and professional dental cleanings. Your dentist will also ensure you don’t have any complications or tooth decay.

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An additional suggestion is to not try to bite down very hard or sticky foods like caramel or raw vegetables. Crowns are not as hard as the enamel of your teeth that can handle lots of pressure. You should be careful not put too much strain on crowned teeth or they might break.

If during your vacation in Cancun you have problems with your crowns, you can call us at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25 and we will delighted to help you!

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