A study published in the Journal of HumanEvolution has shown that fruit is not essential to a healthy diet. This interesting report sheds light on some of the foods our ancestors consumed. Based on findings from researchers, we now know that our ancestors ate a diet that mainly consisted of nuts, vegetables and insects.
Before the toothbrush was invented, many cultures invented their own ways to clean the teeth. Ancient Greeks and Romans were said to use toothpicks to pick particles of food out of their teeth. Without the use of commercial toothpastes and toothbrushes, the people during this time still managed to maintain optimal dental health. How is this possible? The truth is, the amount of tooth decay a person experiences has little to do with dental hygiene and everything to do with the type of diet you consume.
A study published in the Journal of Comparative Human Biology has shed light on the dental health of ancient Egyptians. A total of 3,000 mummies were studied, and the results have led to interesting findings. The findings showed that, " Worn teeth, periodontal diseases, abscesses and cavities tormented the ancient Egyptians ... " The teeth in 18 percent of the mummies showed signs of a vast array of dental health disorders. Many of the mummies also showed signs of bone disorders and fractures. What this study fails to tell us is why this occurred.
Many people often wonder why we have wisdom teeth if they just get removed. Why would nature design us with teeth that don't fit in the mouth? The truth is, nature did design us so that these extra teeth would fit inside the mouth. The conflict for why the teeth once fit into our mouth and now do not, is a result of improper facial development due to the foods we consume.
While we cannot retrieve data on everything from the skeletal remains of our ancestors, we can easily see the teeth and jaw bones. Skulls from our ancestors have shown no evidence of malocclusion or minimal signs of tooth decay. Where did these problems come from? A newer approach to dentistry known as Evolutionary Oral Dentistry or Darwinian Dentistry aims to find that answer.
The benefits of breastfeeding are numerous for both the mother and the baby. Breast milk is composed of exactly the right amount of nutrients for an infant and breastfeeding can prevent certain conditions and improve the overall health of the baby. However, there is more to breastfeeding than just the benefits of breast milk. By studying how a baby breastfeeds versus how a baby sucks while being fed from a bottle, we can see a distinct difference in the baby's facial development.
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