1Department of Anthropology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2Institute of Archaeology, Belgrade, Serbia, 3Department of Anthropology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
April 17, 2020 , Platinum Ballroom
The effect that sex has on the presence of several different dental pathologies has been well documented in the literature. However, there have been no publications related to the dental health of the site of Nad Klepečkom (AD 100-200) in Serbia. Here, caries and calculus were examined from the teeth of 24 individuals out of the 94 inhumations identified at the site. The effect that sex had on each of these dental pathologies was calculated using Chi square analysis. The number of teeth with caries was found to be significantly affected by sex (P=.012), while the number of teeth with calculus was not significantly affected (P=.066). In regard to the side of the tooth in which carious lesions and calculus accumulations were found on, the side of the tooth in which carious lesions formed was highest for the interproximal surfaces, with 35.42% of the teeth with caries having them on those surfaces. For calculus, the lingual side of the tooth had the highest amount of calculus, with 54.76% of the teeth with calculus exhibiting it on that side. Also, females exhibited nearly double the amount of calculus on the lingual side, in comparison to males. These results are in agreeance with previous studies that have found frequency of caries to be significantly different between the sexes. Additionally, the side of the tooth on which calculus accumulates may differ between the sexes in this population and warrants further study.