Ötzi the Iceman had bad teeth
Published on June 16th, 2011 | by Admin1
“Although the Iceman did not lose a single tooth until the his death at an age of about 40 years, he had an advanced abrasion of his teeth, profound carious lesions, and a moderate to severe periodontitis,” the researchers said.
In particular, the molars of the upper jaw showed loss of alveolar bone as a sign of periodontitis (inflammation of the ligaments and bones that support the teeth), while evidence of “mechanical trauma” was found on two teeth.
According to Seiler and colleagues, the most surprising find is the high frequency of cavities.
Story: Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News | Photo: Heike Engel-21Lux/Sudtiroler Archäologiemuseum/National Geographic Deutschland