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Teeth have been around ever since there have been animals, including people. But in the grand scheme of history, dentists have only been in existence for a very short period of time. Still, our ancient ancestors had to take care of their teeth just as we do today.

However, our ancestors did not have the luxury of visiting our dentists, Dr. Higham & Dr. Sauchelli to have their teeth cleaned, and in prehistoric times, toothbrushes and toothpaste did not exist either. In those days, people would scrub their teeth with sticks, and sometimes they used animal hair to floss. Even certain types of monkeys have been observed cleaning their teeth with sticks and using hair from one another to floss. There is also evidence of dental work dating back 9,000 years in the Middle East.

But evidence shows that early man did not have the same rate of cavities that we do today. It is only in modern times that cavities have become a problem. This is due mainly to diet. In ancient times, people did not eat nearly the amount of sugar we do today. In fact, there was no such thing as processed sugar. For an ancient human, their diet was heavy in fruits, vegetables and lean protein, and free of things such as sugars and carbohydrates, making for a tooth-healthy diet. In prehistoric times, people did not drink sports or energy drinks, soft drinks, coffee, tea or alcohol. People drank water. Water is the best drink for your body, and for your teeth. Water can hydrate your mouth, and rinse away harmful acids and food debris.

We have a valuable lesson to learn about taking care of our teeth, mainly that diet plays a big role in our dental health. If you have questions about oral hygiene in Jupiter, Florida, you can call 561-746-8095 today to schedule your appointment at Dr. Higham & Dr. Sauchelli. Our caring and dedicated dental team are here to protect your healthy smile!