Ancient People Didn’t Brush Their Teeth—Or Develop Cavities

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For most of us, brushing our teeth is a standard part of our daily routine. We don’t give it a lot of thought—other than to make sure we do it at least twice each day. Everyone today, Yuma residents included, also needs to visit their dentist for routine exams and cleanings.

What’s interesting to think about is the fact that for hundreds of thousands of years, people did not brush their teeth. What might seem unbelievable about that is that they did not have any dental problems in spite of their lack of oral hygiene.

Why are things different now? What has changed so that humans no longer have immunity to dental problems?

Ancient Diets Versus Modern Diets

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, people ate natural foods such as wheat and rice, fruits and vegetables. Without today’s chemicals and processing, these foods contained nutrients that helped keep teeth and gums healthy. These fibrous foods helped flush away food and debris from the teeth. Because of diet, teeth were resistant to both cavities and dental infections.

Compared with today’s average diet of highly processed food that loaded with sugar, the meals eat by ancient people were wholesome, natural, and nutrient dense. Today, people are often deficient in critical minerals and vitamins because of the foods they eat. It can cause teeth to become weak and prone to decay.

Other Modern Habits That Make Us Prone to Oral Health Problems

In addition to the sugary foods many of us consume on a daily basis, other habits such as smoking cigarettes and drinking soda also are detrimental to our teeth.

Our sedentary lifestyles negatively impact our oral health as well. Lack of exercise can lead to digestive problems that cause stomach acids to rise into the mouth, harming our teeth.

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Scientists trace back the first toothbrush—made of frayed twigs—to around 3000 BC, the time of ancient Babylonians and Egyptians. Other sources cite the ancient Chinese as using twigs from aromatic trees as breath fresheners.

Today, we have toothbrushes, dental floss, and other tools available to combat modern living and keep our mouths clean and healthy. We also have biannual trips to the dentist for routine examinations and cleanings. Call your Yuma dentist, Dr. Sam Carroll, to make an appointment today!

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Irene Peters
Irene Peters
20:05 09 Dec 17
Dr. Carroll has state-of-the-art equipment and can do it all. I was able to get my new crown replaced on the same day with only the one visit. I've been going there for years and never had to wait past my appointment time. The office staff are all friendly, helpful, efficient, prompt, and make you feel at home and more importantly, comfortable. Dr. Carroll remembers details from prior visits and always follows up on them. A real bonus for me is that he has a way with giving the shots to numb your mouth without it hurting! I'm very grateful for the excellent care I get from Dr. Carroll and his staff.
Audrianna Daniel
Audrianna Daniel
16:55 25 Jan 18
I had such a wonderful experiance at this office! Switching from another local dentist was the best decision I ever made. Shanel, the hygienist, was absolutely amazing and Dr. Carroll was incredibly down to earth and attentive to any questions or concerns. The whole staff is just awesome and I can't recommend this office enough!
Carla Wolfe
Carla Wolfe
00:59 14 Jun 17
I was terrified of the dentist from past bad experience. My daughter had a traumatic experience at a local dentist as well. We have both started seeing Dr. Carroll and have had the most comfortable, reassuring experience. They are kind, knowledgeable and patient!! Thank you Dr. Carroll and Staff!! Second visit - 2/4/16 - Deep Clean Procedure and a Wisdom tooth extraction - Again, I can't say enough about my visit. The staff from the moment you walk in the door are professional and friendly. My procedure was 99.5% pain free and the extraction was 100% pain free. I was given information every step of the way and was made to feel comfortable at all times. This is an office with compassion, caring and understanding. I highly recommend this practice. I can't say thank you enough for the positive experience and dental work. Thank you!!
Lucinda Fox
Lucinda Fox
03:05 21 Jun 17
I have had an excellent experience with Dr. Carroll over the past -I have been with him since he started practice in Yuma. He and his staff have always treated me professionally and respectfully. I say 'had' because I just moved out of state and now I hope to find a new dentist as skilled as Dr. Carroll. My last visit was a highlight for me. He gave me a brand new, much improved smile by replacing my top front six teeth with crowns made by him on site. The change is amazing and I say "thank you Dr. Carroll!"
Sandy Baas
Sandy Baas
19:00 19 Oct 17
Sam Carroll , DMD, is knowledgable about all the latest and most effective dental procedures and treatment to make you SMILE... I have seen a caring and gentle approach with the very young patients ( My Grandaughter) and the concern he had with my 90 year old Father. Very comfortable yet professional atmosphere at all times!
Jill Castaneda
Jill Castaneda
20:20 21 Sep 17
Thank you for getting my son in and removing his wisdom tooth today. I would also like to thank you for the amazing service we received from everyone in the office and especially Dr. Carroll!! We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Dr. Carroll and his staff are the best.
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