Prehistoric Humans Had Better Teeth Than We Do

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    Feb 26, 2013 2:56 PM GMT
    http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/02/prehistoric-humans-had-better-teeth-than-we-do/

    So teeth-brushing, flossing and washing is simply covering up a more fundamental problem, says NPR, that we don’t have the right bacteria in our mouths anymore to keep our teeth healthy. In fact, the bacterial balance in our mouths right now has shifted towards the kinds of bacteria we don’t want‚the harmful kinds. Our body is constantly fighting them off, no matter how hard or regularly we brush.

    To restore the balance, Cooper told NPR, cut the carbs and eat more like a caveman.
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    Feb 26, 2013 6:34 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidhttp://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/02/prehistoric-humans-had-better-teeth-than-we-do/

    So teeth-brushing, flossing and washing is simply covering up a more fundamental problem, says NPR, that we don’t have the right bacteria in our mouths anymore to keep our teeth healthy. In fact, the bacterial balance in our mouths right now has shifted towards the kinds of bacteria we don’t want‚the harmful kinds. Our body is constantly fighting them off, no matter how hard or regularly we brush.

    To restore the balance, Cooper told NPR, cut the carbs and eat more like a caveman.


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  • ASHDOD

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    Feb 26, 2013 6:41 PM GMT
    they ate a lot of food mixed with dirdsand ect ,it was very bad for the teeth
  • Lukehiker

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    Feb 26, 2013 8:07 PM GMT
    Actually there has been a school of thought going around that brushing our teeth with toothpaste designed to kill bacteria, along with mouthwashes to do the same, is the cause. Prehistorically, its been postulated that people, especially cave men, chewed on roots to clean their teeth and fill their stomachs.

    Grated diets excessive in some things will cause imbalances in the mouth, but purely carbs alone cant be the sole cause.
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    Feb 26, 2013 8:09 PM GMT
    Michael pollan gets into this 'in defense of food... basically we eat too many sugary foods and acidic foods
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:05 PM GMT
    I wonder if they account for the fact that they lived much shorter lives than we do now...
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:14 PM GMT
    No kidding? icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:15 PM GMT
    Sugar and processed foods are basically tooth acid.
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:19 PM GMT
    I want donuts right now.icon_mad.gif
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:20 PM GMT
    sugar is death to everything.
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:20 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidI want donuts right now.icon_mad.gif


    I want the ones made out of chocolate bread =o~
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    HottJoe saidI want donuts right now.icon_mad.gif
    I want your donut right now icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:21 PM GMT
    catchy_screen_name saidsugar is death to everything.


    Pretty much! Whenever we consume sugar do you know what's the absolute first thing that it feeds in our system? Cancer cells! yay!
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:23 PM GMT
    Ariodante said
    catchy_screen_name saidsugar is death to everything.


    Pretty much! Whenever we consume sugar do you know what's the absolute first thing that it feeds in our system? Cancer cells! yay!


    cancer cells, candida, bad bacteria- the list is endless
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:30 PM GMT
    I dunno. First, I'm 64, and most prehistoric humans never got to be this old.

    Second, when I was a kid in the 1950s, every adult I knew who was over 50 had dentures. It was just a given.

    And among the biggest advertisers on early TV were denture cleaners, and grip gels, to keep your dentures in place. I haven't seen a similar TV commercial in many years.

    Which tells me we have better dental care today, well into ages that our prehistoric ancestors never saw. At 64 I still have all my teeth (albeit with some caps), and no dentures. When I was a kid 60 years ago anyone past 50 likely didn't have all their teeth. So regardless of this article, I think we're better than our prehistoric ancestors, who never reached the ages we live today, and with most of our teeth.
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:34 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidI dunno. First, I'm 64, and most prehistoric humans never got to be this old.

    Second, when I was a kid in the 1950s, every adult I knew who was over 50 had dentures. It was just a given.

    And among the biggest advertisers on TV were denture cleansers, and grip gels, to keep your dentures in place. I haven't seen a similar TV commercial in many years.

    Which tells me we have better dental care today, well into ages that our prehistoric ancestors never saw. At 64 I still have all my teeth (albeit with some caps), and no dentures. When I was a kid 60 years ago anyone past 50 likely didn't have all their teeth. So regardless of this article, I think we're better than our prehistoric ancestors, who never reached the ages we live today, and with most of our teeth.


    the article indicates better dental health - not overall health or life expectancy. One could deduce that better oral health could help to increase already longer life expectancies.
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:42 PM GMT
    catchy_screen_name said
    the article indicates better dental health - not overall health or life expectancy. One could deduce that better oral health could help to increase already longer life expectancies.

    I was not deducing longer life as a result of better dental hygiene, but rather that improvements in dental care now yield benefits into advanced age groups that never experienced them previously.
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:45 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    catchy_screen_name said
    the article indicates better dental health - not overall health or life expectancy. One could deduce that better oral health could help to increase already longer life expectancies.

    I was not deducing longer life as a result of better dental hygiene, but rather that improvements in dental care now yield benefits into advanced age groups that never experienced them previously.


    The improvements to life span are more closely related to diet and antibiotics.. but they have linked bad oral bacteria to different diseases- theoretically improving oral health could further increase life span.
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:55 PM GMT
    catchy_screen_name said
    Ariodante said
    catchy_screen_name saidsugar is death to everything.


    Pretty much! Whenever we consume sugar do you know what's the absolute first thing that it feeds in our system? Cancer cells! yay!


    cancer cells, candida, bad bacteria- the list is endless


    Uh... What?
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:58 PM GMT
    So Paleo toothpaste next? I thought I had Paleo diet nailed .
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    Feb 27, 2013 12:35 AM GMT
    I had more cavities age 1 - 16 than I did 16 - now.
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    Feb 27, 2013 12:39 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Chainers saidI wonder if they account for the fact that they lived much shorter lives than we do now...


    INORITE!?

    The typical lifespan of a caveman was roughly sixteen years of age!


    Mmmm, so you bitchuz betta' not come 'round here pimp'n yo Paleo bullshit diet. M'kay? Cuz all you tired-ass HO's 'n hoochies be waaaay ovuh duh hill compared to authentic cavemen who actually roamed this planet thousands, hundreds of thousands if not millions of years ago.

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    to play devil's advocate... life expectancy includes infant mortality and other deaths from injuries and the like -- nomadic humans that survived lived a pretty good life.
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    Feb 27, 2013 1:26 AM GMT
    riddler78 said
    the fundamental problem, says NPR, is that we don’t have the right bacteria in our mouths anymore to keep our teeth healthy.


    actually, the fundamental problem is the fact that so many of you guys think this guy knows what type of bacteria were in the mouths of our ancestors. i'd love to see the scientific record of what bacteria inhabited our mouths 100,000 years ago.
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    Feb 27, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
    calibro said
    riddler78 said
    the fundamental problem, says NPR, is that we don’t have the right bacteria in our mouths anymore to keep our teeth healthy.


    actually, the fundamental problem is the fact that so many of you guys think this guy knows what type of bacteria were in the mouths of our ancestors. i'd love to see the scientific record of what bacteria inhabited our mouths 100,000 years ago.

    Duh, we've only been here 5,000 years, when man and dinosaur shared the planet with Tom Cruise, Buddha, Mohammad and Jesus. Don't you know anything?
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    Feb 27, 2013 2:28 AM GMT
    smartmoney said
    calibro said
    riddler78 said
    the fundamental problem, says NPR, is that we don’t have the right bacteria in our mouths anymore to keep our teeth healthy.


    actually, the fundamental problem is the fact that so many of you guys think this guy knows what type of bacteria were in the mouths of our ancestors. i'd love to see the scientific record of what bacteria inhabited our mouths 100,000 years ago.

    Duh, we've only been here 5,000 years, when man and dinosaur shared the planet with Tom Cruise, Buddha, Mohammad and Jesus. Don't you know anything?


    mohammad is just an urban legend used to scare children... like the boogeyman or michael jackson