Ancient diet better for teeth

21 May 2013

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Researchers from the University of Adelaide revealed in the journal Nature Genetics that declining oral health aligns with major changes in the way humans lived and ate, with the start of farming in the Neolithic age and the Industrial Revolution being key turning points. The researchers found that modern food has decreased the amount of good bacteria in the human mouth, allowing bad bacteria to take over, resulting in tooth decay and gum disease. The research team studied teeth from prehistoric northern European human skeletons and found good oral bacteria was more diverse than in modern humans. In otherwords, the present day human mouth is in a permanent state of disease! That's definately an incentive to arrange a Preventive Care appointment.

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