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Old 09-08-2017, 07:29 PM   #9
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Default Re: Hurting yourself Biting

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Originally Posted by Flyndaran View Post
I think one neanderthal skeleton shows signs of having possibly died from an abscessed tooth.
You don't have to go looking that far back. Before antibiotics this was a real problem, and it's still a problem in people who can't afford dental care or who are afraid of dentists.

Dental surgery even without antibiotics helps, in that letting the abscess drain into your mouth is gross, but much safer. The alternatives are one of your blood (blood poisoning), tissues around your mouth and throat (swelling and then suffocation), body cavity (more infection in all those lovely vital organs), sinuses (discharge into your lungs), or in worst case scenarios, your brain (encephalitis).
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