Think about it:
- Before humans consumed wheat and grains, dental decay was uncommon. Adult skulls recovered (such as the one shown above from 100,000 years ago, found in what is now present-day Israel, a photo I took at the London Museum of Natural History) nearly always show full mouths of teeth without cavities, without tooth loss or evidence of abscess formation, and are straight. These people had no dental hygiene: no toothbrushes, no fluoridated toothpaste, no fluoridated water, no dental floss, no dentists, no orthodontists, yet had full mouths of healthy, straight teeth for a lifetime. 16-49% of teeth recovered from grain-consuming cultures show evidence of dental decay.
- More recently, when people living primitive hunter-gatherer lives in Africa, South America, the Pacific Northwest of North America, South Pacific islands, etc., who also enjoyed full mouths of straight teeth for a lifetime, began to eat the foods obtained from Westerners—bread, cornbread, candy, beer, etc.—they developed an explosion of tooth decay. Tooth abscess, for instance, became the #1 cause for suicide in these transitional populations. In the early twentieth century, Dr. Weston Price documented thousands of examples in his studies and book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, showing the full mouths of teeth, straight with fully formed maxillary bones and mandibles, of people living primitive hunter-gatherer lives, while people who began to consume Western foods showed mouths filled with rotted or missing teeth. Painful tooth decay and tooth loss became commonplace.
- History is filled with accounts of dental decay and loss during, for instance, the Middle Ages, colonial America, pre-twentieth century Europe, etc. before modern dental hygiene became the norm. It was common, for instance, to have few remaining intact teeth into your 30s and 40s.
- Modern dental hygiene partially compensates for the explosive dental decay of wheat/grain/sugar consumption.
Even though we manage dental hygiene with modern dental practices, doesn’t it make better sense to revert back to the diet that was associated with nearly perfect dental health without dental hygiene, without fluoride, without dentists?
Just as modern doctors and the healthcare industry fail to tell you that seborrhea, type 2 diabetes, eating disorders, obesity, and rheumatoid arthritis are largely diseases arising from wheat/grain consumption, so modern dentists, just as unschooled in nutrition as medical doctors, fail to tell their patients that it’s “healthy whole grains” that underlie much of our struggles with dental health.