Research Shows Toothpick Use Contributed to Gum Disease in Ancient Humans

Posted on October 9, 2013


"Ancient humans" used toothpicks nearly 1.8 million years ago, a study of their teeth has revealed.A team studied hominid jaws from the Dmanisi Republic of Georgia—the earliest evidence of primitive humans outside Africa, according to BBC News.

They also found evidence of gum disease caused by repeated use of what must have been a basic toothpick. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team says its findings help to explain the diversity found in hominid teeth.

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