Egyptian mummy had mouth full of cavities

Published on October 22nd, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks

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A recent examination of a 2,100-year-old Egyptian mummy has revealed that the young man had a mouth full of cavities.

The man, whose name is unknown, was in his 20s or early 30s, and his teeth were in horrible shape. He had “numerous” abscesses and cavities, conditions that appear to have resulted, at some point, in a sinus infection, something potentially deadly, the study researchers said.

The pain the young man suffered would have been beyond words and drove him to see a dental specialist. Dentistry was nothing new in Egypt, ancient records indicate that it was being practiced at least as far back as when the Great Pyramids were built. Dental problems were also not unusual, the coarsely ground grain ancient Egyptians consumed was not good for the teeth.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: International Journal of Paleopathology

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