As we discover more about our ancient ancestors and look at fossils from our early human relatives, more and more is revealed about their dental habits. Everything from ancient fillings to bridges and even the lack of fossilized toothbrushes says something about early humans and reveals information about their diets.
Ancient humans actually enjoyed fewer cavities than we do today largely due to their healthy diets. Some evidence shows that early humans used sticks, fibers, and even hair to keep their teeth clean, but the major impact on their good oral health actually comes from their nutritional options.
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Because processed sugar and processed foods are relatively new development in human diets, our ancestors actually enjoyed better oral health, fewer cavities, and less plaque than our current day relatives.
Bacteria use sugar and carbohydrates as fuel to reproduce, which they do rapidly. If you have ever noticed how quickly your teeth develop the white biofilm called plaque when you miss a day or even a half of a day of brushing, it is alarming.
Today, because of the diets we eat, we implement additional protective measures to keep teeth from developing decay including fluoride treatments, sealants, and additional dental cleanings. By sticking to a diet closer to what our ancestors enjoyed, we can also protect our teeth.
- Lean, natural protein
- A wide variety of fruits and vegetables
- Leafy greens
- Nuts and grains
Avoiding especially acidic or sugary drinks can help too. These culprits often supply a double-whammy to your smile by being sugary and acidic at the same time, making them especially threatening to enamel.
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