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Dental Care

teeth2The other night I watched a very interesting programme on the BBC about the mysterious cliff tombs of the Chachapoya people of Peru and how this ancient people took great care and reverence in burying their dead in caves in almost unreachable places on cliff faces. What struck me was how the skeletons of even elderly people had preserved their teeth intact.

I must confess that I myself have often neglected my own teeth and have lost many. Too late, I now look after what remain of them much better. I think young people nowadays have learned early the importance of caring for their teeth although, in some cases, I think it is for cosmetic rather than for health and sanitary reasons.

Did you know that you spend 3,000 hours of your life cleaning your teeth!

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I believe that a lot of it is to do with diet. In the distant past, people didn't eat foods high in refined sugar, such as sweets, cakes and chocolate.
You're probably right. Hush, I take 3 spoons of sugar in a mug of tea!
In the slightly less distant past having black teeth was a sign of affluence - meant you could afford loads of expensive sugary food & refined sugar in your diet.
Do you spend 3000 hours or is that how much you should be spending? :p
I neglected mine too for far too long. Many cavities, one root canal, and two caps later. UGH... I am much better now, but I could still do better.
Hugs, Jon
genetics play a part
my mother had teeth like rocks - my father woefully soft teeth
And whose flawed teeth did I get?
My husband has rock teeth - no cavities
and whose teeth did my son get???
Root canals we know about them
And my son had preventive dental care even with his baby teeth

Edited at 2014-02-17 14:47 (UTC)
Oh, I think I've already spent far more hours than that on my teeth! I'm almost religious about brushing after meals, flossing, etc. I really dislike it when my teeth aren't clean.

I will admit, I drink a lot of tea, so my teeth aren't as white as them might be. Sometimes I whiten them a bit with those strips, but mostly I ignore it.
Like others have said, diet plays a main role...maybe genetics too, but since diet influences overall skeletal health, I'd bet the main thing is the foods we eat (or don't eat). In Elizabethan England, it was fashionable to have black teeth, since the queen's teeth were rotting in her head because of her fondness for sugary foods (which only the affluent could afford). I can't imagine how bad having a tooth ache in those days was, though!