Shanling Lei

A dentist probing at a patient's teeth. The patient's face is divided into two halves: one half shows the patient's skeleton, while the other half shows the patient's face.

Denthistory: Learning About Ancient Humans From Their Teeth

For a lot of people, visiting the dentist can be an exposing experience. Just by looking at their patients’ teeth, dentists can tell who’s been enjoying sugary drinks, or who skips flossing. As it turns out, dental bioarchaeologists can learn a lot from analyzing the teeth of prehistoric humans, too!