If you follow your dentist’s advice, every day you should brush your teeth once in the morning when you get up and again in the evening before you go to bed. For most people, this has become a ritual, a tradition that they don’t even think about or question. Have you ever wondered when toothbrushing actually began? Did ancient man brush his teeth? And if not, why do we have to do it?
Today, we know that when you neglect your oral hygiene you will get inevitably get cavities, gum disease, and eventually lose our teeth. Genetically, there are some people who will have heartier teeth than others, but no one in this day and age who neglects their dental health will escape unscathed.
To answer the original question, ancient man didn’t have toothbrushes and toothpaste like we do now. Other than the occasional use of sticks and twigs to chew upon and pick at their teeth infrequently, history tells us that ancient people did not have many dental problems, despite the fact that they rarely brushed their teeth! What was so special about them, and what is it about people today that has made our teeth so weak by comparison? Most scientists say this…
It’s All About the Diet
Our food intake today is vastly different than the kinds of food the ancients ate. We eat processed food with preservatives, additives, sugars, and chemicals whereas ancient man had a diet of all-natural foods that contained untampered nutrients and vitamins in proper proportions for the body. Today, we have too many unhealthy things in our food, one of the worst being a huge amount of sugar which is damaging to teeth. Also, people of the ancient past ate a lot more fibrous foods, which not only gave them healthy digestion but kept the mouth and teeth clean similarly to how a toothbrush brushes away food particles from the teeth. Also, all of this healthy eating probably gave them much stronger protection against acids and sugars by amping up beneficial saliva production as well.
If you would like more information about oral health, call Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta and our helpful team at Lake City Way Dental Center. Phone: 206.363.1828. Make an appointment or come by our office in Seattle, Washington.