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  • This is largely bullshiat.
  • They didn't eat nearly as much sugar as we gorge ourselves with these days. It usually came from fruit, and only when they could find plants that were in season, and only until they had picked them dry.
  •  "[But] as soon as you get to farming populations, you see this massive change. Huge amounts of gum disease. And cavities start cropping up."

    when you process grains into meal / flour using rocks, little chunks of rocks get into your food. little chunks of rocks are bad for your teeth.
  • the801: "[But] as soon as you get to farming populations, you see this massive change. Huge amounts of gum disease. And cavities start cropping up."

    when you process grains into meal / flour using rocks, little chunks of rocks get into your food. little chunks of rocks are bad for your teeth.


    Flour is a carbohydrate, a sugar.  More harm from the sugar in the wheat than the rocks.
  • If their teeth were in such good shape, how come all the skulls we find only have like four teeth in them?

    /check
    //and mate
  • They also died by the time they hit 30.
  • They didn't have refined sugar either.

    /and refined grains
    //and sodas and sports drinks.
    ///and repeats
  • the whole concept of teeth just creeps me the f*ck out, and then you have skulls like this out there:

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    click for hi-res

    /it makes me nauseous staring at that picture
    //plus I've always had recurring dreams about my teeth falling out (which is a common dream theme)
  • calbert: the whole concept of teeth just creeps me the f*ck out, and then you have skulls like this out there:

    Sharkman.
  • calbert: the whole concept of teeth just creeps me the f*ck out, and then you have skulls like this out there:

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    click for hi-res

    /it makes me nauseous staring at that picture
    //plus I've always had recurring dreams about my teeth falling out (which is a common dream theme)


    That's the skull of a child whose permanent teeth have formed but not yet erupted, so the deciduous teeth are still in place.  The anterior surfaces of the mandible and maxilae have been cut away to show how the teeth grow.  It only looks abnormal because of the post-mortem carving.
  • oldernell: They also died by the time they hit 30.


    This is what I was thinking.
  • FloydA: calbert: the whole concept of teeth just creeps me the f*ck out, and then you have skulls like this out there:

    [img.gawkerassets.com image 300x400]

    click for hi-res

    /it makes me nauseous staring at that picture
    //plus I've always had recurring dreams about my teeth falling out (which is a common dream theme)

    That's the skull of a child whose permanent teeth have formed but not yet erupted, so the deciduous teeth are still in place.  The anterior surfaces of the mandible and maxilae have been cut away to show how the teeth grow.  It only looks abnormal because of the post-mortem carving.


    I think it's a fascinating phenomenon yet it still creeps me out to actually see it.

    however it does make me feel a little less queasy knowing that all of that carving was done post-mortem.
  • soda
    sugar + acid = bad for teeth
  • To be fair, the British are really bringing our average down.
  • oldernell: They also died by the time they hit 30.


    That's not how averages work.
  • I blame sugar frosted, sugar coated bits of sugar (NOW WITH MORE SUGARY GOODNESS) for breakfast. Also sodas. And prob more alcohol.
    All they had were vegetables and MAYBE some meat that they could find. A diet of that would not put wear and tear on teeth. Much.
  • I wonder if the French were on to something with the idea of salad after the main meal... maybe the fiber in the lettuces scrubbed the starches off the teeth.
  • Raharu: This is largely bullshiat.


    Hmm...

    "Hunter-gatherers had really good teeth," says Alan Cooper, director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA. "[But] as soon as you get to farming populations, you see this massive change. Huge amounts of gum disease. And cavities start cropping up."

    . . .

    In a study published in the latest Nature Genetics, Cooper and his research team looked at calcified plaque on ancient teeth from 34 prehistoric human skeletons. What they found was that as our diets changed over time - shifting from meat, vegetables and nuts to carbohydrates and sugar - so too did the composition of bacteria in our mouths.


    Who should I believe? Some random asshole on the Internet, or a peer-reviewed study conducted by experts? Tough one.
  • Somewhat on topic:

    I've always loathed the various tv/soap/movie scenarios wherein the couple wakes amidst a close snuggle, smootch a bit and then things escalate. I'm sorry - but as non-romantic as it may be, there's something I can't get into. Now, if you're both up all night, shagging the night away and the sun comes up - then that's one thing. Save for that specific setting, I'm not one for slurping up a woman's fermented morning saliva - call me old fashioned.

    /2 cents
  • They died at 30. I've held stone age skulls. The teeth are ground down to nubs from clay pots and unprocessed grain.
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    "This skull may have better teeth than you."

    Perhaps. But I'm still able to use mine.
  • calbert: the whole concept of teeth just creeps me the f*ck out, and then you have skulls like this out there:

    click for hi-res

    /it makes me nauseous staring at that picture
    //plus I've always had recurring dreams about my teeth falling out (which is a common dream theme)


    Me too, and also that I have to walk like 5 million miles but about 100 miles in my knees lock up and quit working. ):
  • Very little sugar and 40 was old age. No tooth problems
  • Without even looking, it's because of grains and other farmed carbohydrates.

    [reads article]

    Yep.

    Eat like a caveman.  It's healthier for you.
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