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Toothpicks

History: Known in all cultures, the toothpick is not just the oldest instrument for dental cleaning, but predates the arrival of early humans, for the skulls of Neanderthals show clear signs of teeth picked with a tool. Toothpicks made of bronze have been found as burial objects in prehistoric graves in Northern Italy and in the East Alps. In 1986, researchers discovered the 7500-year-old remains of ancient Native Americans and discovered small grooves between many of the molar teeth.

In the 17th century, toothpicks were luxury objects and like jewelry, were artfully stylized using precious metal and set with expensive stones.

Toothpicks

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