Re: Tooth decay
- As an interesting point - one of the reasons put up for why so many
more people these days need their wisdom teeth removed, is that the
other adult teeth are NOT being ground down by fibrous tough food
(and the occasional bit of grit that got though the sifters). Since
teeth are wedge-shaped, if they are worn down a little there is more
room for the wisdom teeth.
"Improved" diet has also contributed to people reaching maturity
earlier, and wisdom teeth come through sooner, while people have
Archaeological findings generally have few dental caries (tooth
decay) until refined foods and sugar became a common part of the
diet. The same situation exists in areas of the world today where
people have very little sugar/refined food.
Somewhere, there's a record of one of the ambassadors to Queen
Elizabeth's court remarking on how fond the English were of sugar,
and how bad their teeth were...
--- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, Park McKellop <squire009@y...>
> The 'animicules' that cause decay feed on sugar. So if there isvery little sugar in the diet, there is very little opportunity for
them to destroy teeth. I believe that they also operate in a rather
specific ph ranges, which is why a toothpaste containing both baking
soda and peroxide is the best kind to use.
>most is the grit in the flours from the grinding stones.
> Without the sugar/animcule combination, what will affect the teeth
> That and the occasional bar fight. ;-)