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Offline Lord Snoolington

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Dental Hygiene
« on: August 01, 2007, 06:00:16 AM »
We know that cavemen did not brush their teeth, floss, or use mouthwash, and they had perfect teeth, because their diet completely lacking processed foods stopped tooth decay and plaque and everything.

Assuming our Paleodiets are paleo enough, shouldn't we be able to do like them, without ill-effects?

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Re: Dental Hygiene
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2007, 07:10:20 AM »
If you haven't already read it, this might be of interest to you.


Offline 21st-century caveman

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Re: Dental Hygiene
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2007, 08:23:23 AM »
Good question, L.S., and interesting site, Chokeartist- wow, covers a lot of ground!  I haven't read the article on dental caries yet, but I've thought about this issue, too-  strictly from a mechanical point of view, though. 

Ever notice how, after eating an apple, your teel feel like they've been scrubbed clean?  And actually, they have been- I think that eating most fibrous raw fruits or vegetables has a similar effect.  It even gets in between your teeth, like flossing, and it appears that there are either protective chemicals in the fruits and veggies to prevent cavities, or else there is simply the lack of substances in paleo foods which are harmful to teeth. 

Since the raw fruits and vegetables of pre-agricultural times were less sweet, and probably more fibrous, I'm not sure that current fruits and veggies will have the same effect, although, hopefully, they will have a similar-enough effect to help our dental health.  I'm still brushing and flossing, just to be sure. 

Offline Lord Snoolington

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Re: Dental Hygiene
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2007, 08:41:00 AM »
Good site, chokartist, will read it.

What if we limit our carb/fruit intake? I think that would recreate conditions quite like the paleos had, dental-hygiene-wise. I think certainly if we cheat, it is necessary to brush, etc, on that occasion. Also, I worry about gum health. I've always thought that gums get nasty (inflammed, etc) without brushing, flossing, and that fact is independent of diet composition.

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Re: Dental Hygiene
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2007, 08:46:46 AM »
I wonder the same thing too, about tooth-brushing.

From Weston Price's work (which I think someone linked to), he noted that all the indigenous peoples he studied were free of cavities.  Their teeth didn't always look pretty though...like I think all the children of one village basically had slimy mossy green teeth - but under the slime, their teeth were totally healthy.  I don't think that having slimy green teeth in today's world would win you a lot of friends, even if your teeth were perfect underneath.

Incidentally, if I eat an apple my teeth feel like they are wearing fuzzy little sugar sweaters.  Celery, on the other hand, feels pretty cleansing.