"Interdigitated" Maya teeth shown to dental convention... unusual teeth found on Ambergris Caye

This Maya jaw was found on Ambergris Caye. Take a close look at the shape to which the teeth were carved. Originally, the upper and lower teeth would have fit together like a zipper.


Dr. and Mrs. Wil Lala hosted the final day of the CARDA, the Caribbean Atlantic Regional Dental Association convention, at Caribbean Villas Hotel in San Pedro on May 25, 1997. Over 50 people from 8 or more countries attended.

Everyone had a tour of San Pedro followed by an opportunity to see the Belize Barrier Reef either by glass bottom boat or while snorkeling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. Some made the most of their free time by shopping in San Pedro; others relaxed on the beach or explored Ambergris Caye by bicycle.


The group enjoyed a barbecue at Tropica and were entertained with live tropical music by Wil Nuñez and Dale Wallace. A special dental programme about Mayan dentistry was presented by Ms. Teresa Batty of the Belize ArchŠological Department and Dr. Wil Lala, graduate of the University of Nebraska School of Dentistry and resident of San Pedro.

One of the most outstanding examples of Mayan dentistry is from Ambergris Caye. It was on display along with other examples from Ambergris Caye and the Archaeology Department in Belmopan as well as from the new museum of Cahal Pech in San Ignacio.





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