Category Archives: Dental health

That’s a mouthful!

This is the skull of a specimen of Homo sapiens recovered from the Fertile Crescent, specifically Qafzeh, Israel, and dated to around 100,000 years ago (photographed through glass, on display at London’s Natural History Museum). We don’t know the age … Continue reading

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Mouthful of spirochetes

A just released study conducted by the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Ancient DNA and the University of Aberdeen reports that oral bacteria underwent a change 10,000 years ago with the incorporation of grains into the diet. Analysis of the … Continue reading

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Anybody know a Neolithic dentist?

For over two million years, the Homo species has been a scavenger and gatherer, then a hunter and gatherer. Homo evolved from the Australopithecines in eastern Africa, east of the Great Rift Valley. Some 4 million years ago, 4-foot tall … Continue reading

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It starts in the mouth

Gail emailed me this interesting observation from her perspective as a dental hygienist: I have worked as a dental hygienist for over forty years. For a long time, I have been saying that something is different with people’s oral health. … Continue reading

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