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Teeth trivia from across the ages
Updated: 7/10/2008 4:00:20 PM

It was recently suggested that teeth can be a window into their owner's personality and throughout the ages, pearly whites have had a special significance across cultures and continents.

The Incas, for example, laid precious stones such as emeralds into teeth as a method of beautification, although it is not know if this was done before or after death.

Others, such as the Vikings and certain Sudanese tribes, filed and sharpened their teeth in a bid to look menacing in battle.

And for those who believe dental surgeries are a relatively modern invention, think again - in 2006, archaeologists discovered the tomb of an ancient Egyptian dentist and his assistants.

Meanwhile, before toothpaste and toothbrushes became the norm, health-conscious Chinese used to clean their teeth with green tea and twigs.

Finally, many children in the western world leave their baby teeth under a pillow, a practice that has evolved from an 18th century French fairytale. In Vietnam however, it is traditionally for families to throw children's milk teeth over or under their house for good luck.
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