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The Evolution Of Our Diet

Our predecessors had a lot to smile about

Ever wonder how our human ancestors managed when there were no dentists to care for damaged teeth? You might think that without dental professionals to clean and repair teeth, a lot of early humans must have been walking around with toothless grins.

The truth is, evidence shows that these people were in excellent health, and their mouths were almost free of dental disease. 

The need for dentists came a lot later when we switched away from the balanced natural diets human beings ate for thousands of years.  The ancient diet included all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals needed to prevent degenerative diseases.  The modern civilized diet, complete with its refined, processed, preserved and over-cooked foods, brought us gum disease and tooth decay.

Back in the old days, a natural diet and a few twigs and bones were all the preventive tools our ancestors needed.  Today we have to rely on toothbrushes, toothpastes, floss, water irrigation, mouthwashes and dentistry to keep dental disease away.  Of course we can no longer live the way our ancestors did, but we can pay more attention to what we eat.

Eat balanced meals every day.  The safest between-meal snacks for your teeth are raw vegetables, hard boiled eggs, cold meats, peanuts, pickles, olives, and any kind of cheese or milk product.  Many of these foods provide a cleansing function for the teeth as well as stimulating and massaging the gums to make them stronger and healthier.

If you eat sweets, have them with a meal, not as a snack.  Brush, floss, and rinse your mouth afterwards.  Otherwise, chew on a piece of sugarless gum or munch on fibrous fruits and vegetables like apples or celery.

A nutritious and balanced diet is as important to your teeth and gums as it is to the rest of your body.  Your eating habits can contribute to either the development or the prevention of tooth decay.

If you need more information on diet or sugar and its relationship to your teeth and dental health, please contact our the dentists at our Winnipeg dental clinic - the Tuxedo Dental Group.

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