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New Findings Show Neanderthals May Have used Aspirin for Toothache

50,000 years ago, Neanderthals may not have had a dentist to ensure a gleaming smile. But they discovered how plants were used to help relieve aching teeth. DNA analysis of Neanderthal teeth from Belgium and Spain revealed they were using primitive versions of aspirin and penicillin to protect their smile even without a dentist.

Key Takeaways:

– Dental plaque was found to have trapped microscopic pieces of food, which reveal a huge amount about Neanderthal diet and medication
– One Neanderthal who suffered a painful abscess was found to have eaten poplar, which contains the same main active ingredient as aspirin
– Natural antibiotic mold was also found in teeth specimens, a simple form of penicillin

Neanderthals possessed a good knowledge of medicinal plants and their various anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, and seemed to be self-medicating

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Dr. Sam Etemadi DDS Lund University – Sweden July 1998

Dr Sam Etemadi DDS graduated from Lund University in Sweden with a degree in dental surgery (DDS) in 1998. His career has encompassed both national health and private practice with a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry. Dr Etemadi also has a special interest in endodontics (root canal treatment) and holds a certificate in endodontology gained from University of Chester.