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All dentists will tell you that you need to brush your teeth at least two times a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. For most people, this has become a routine that they follow without question—a modern ritual. But, have you ever asked yourself why we have to do it when ancient man did not?

It’s true, history tells us that early man (and woman) didn’t have a lot of the dental health issues that we do today, and other than the use of sticks and twigs, they didn’t really brush their teeth either. So, what is the difference between us and them?

Anthropologists will tell you that the hearty teeth of the ancients have everything to do with diet. Modern man eats food that is vastly different than the natural whole foods that our ancestors devoured. Practically everything we eat today is processed 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. Nowadays, there are too many unhealthy items in our food, the worst being sugar, which is an enemy of the teeth. Additionally, people of the past ate a lot more fiber, which not only gave them a healthy digestion system, but kept the mouth and teeth clean similar to a toothbrush—cleaning away food particle, acids, and bacteria from the mouth. All of this healthy eating probably gave them much stronger protection against acids and sugars by increasing beneficial saliva production as well.

If you would like more information about oral health, call Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta and our helpful team at Rainier Dental Center. Phone: 206.329.1100. Make an appointment or come by our office in Seattle, Washington.