Maya adorned their teeth by inserting gems into prepared cavities on living front teeth

For the Maya, jade was a symbol of wealth and power, green was associated with health and vitality.

The Mayans often went to their dentists, but not for fillings or getting a new crown. They went to decorate their teeth with precious stones. According to anthropologists, Maya citizens from all walks of life had teeth decorated, regardless of their class.

They used natural glue to place the gem in the hole. The fact that they were able to do such a delicate job speaks volumes about their amazing knowledge of dental anatomy.

The Maya are probably the most famous of the classical civilizations of Central America. Their civilization was famous for its great achievements before Spain conquered its lands.

The Maya made great strides in astronomy and mathematics. They built massive pyramids without modern tools.

The Mayans also invented cosmetic dentistry.

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