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How long did our teeth last before the invention of toothbrushes?

 

Have you ever wondered how long teeth actually lasted before the invention of toothbrushes? Reportedly, teeth lasted between thirty and forty years with normal use before the invention of toothbrushes.  In populations of pre-historical times, studies show that diets were less acidic and less sugary. Actually, starches and sugars actually increase the mouth’s acidity. As a matter of fact, teeth can last over a thousand years if they survive you.

You Can Also Determine Age

You can also determine the age of a person according to their teeth. Based on researching historical remains with additional research support done on populations of Australian Aborigines, the degree to which teeth have gone through wear and tear or attrition are the necessary measure that determines their age. For instance, when there are worn crowns, which are the visible, shiny top parts of the teeth, to such a point that the tooth does not work, are the scale of measure to determine age. For instance, teeth worn to this extent would be forty to fifty years old.

Brushing Twice a Day

These days, to properly care for your teeth considering the modern day diet that everyone consumes, brushing two times a day is the recommendation. Plus, you need to begin flossing each and every day as well. If you have been wondering about the importance of brushing, the fact is that it is very important. In the old days the caveman diet did not really involve sugars and starch. Due to the fact that the modern day diet involves a lot of rich sugar, there is a lot to feed the natural bacteria in your mouth, which happens to number about six hundred.  Plaque forms and harbors bacteria and brushing regularly is important to alleviate this. When you do not follow the proper twice a day brushing recommendation, what tends to happen is that the film of plaque gets more resistant and harder to brush or scrape. This then turns into super plaque or biofilm. It begins to form solid bits of tartar that will cause gum irritation. Gingivitis is a condition that is the first sign of trouble. This involves inflammation of the gums that are caused by uncontrolled tartar and plaque. It causes swollen and bleeding gums but because there is no pain involved, is easy to ignore.

Periodontitis

When you stop brushing your teeth for some time, periodontitis is a group of gum disease that develops. This is characterized by not just the same symptoms of gingivitis but also tooth loss. There is also a lot of pain when this occurs and pain when you try to eat food that is too hot, too cold or too sugary. If you think this sounds bad, you need to remember that the mouth is the door to your body and other bodily systems can become invaded by bacteria that start in the mouth. Regular flossing and brushing your teeth can spare you a lot of trouble; give you a winning smile and much sweeter breath.

Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/askscience/comments/17qp2k/how_long_did_our_teeth_last_before_the_invention/