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Old 01-27-2017, 08:44 PM
Shagnasty Shagnasty is offline
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Originally Posted by Trancephalic View Post
Plenty of preindustrial foods were worse for your teeth than candy
That is a pseudo-science cite that isn't accurate at all. The only thing that is accurate in the "article" is that dentistry is ancient practice. That doesn't mean that most people required it though. Oddly enough, dentistry and even sophisticated brain surgery predate the wheel in parts of the world like South America. Those were anomalies however. Most people in pre-agricultural societies had very good teeth.

If you don't believe the cause, stop brushing your teeth for 6 months and make it a point to eat several pieces of candy a day. It is absurd to claim that sticky, refined sugar and carbohydrates aren't the major cause of tooth decay and general mouth rot. Pure chocolate won't cause it on its own but it will when you mix it with carbs and sugars to create a candy bar or modern hot chocolate.

Here is a more reputable article but there are plenty of more. The causes of tooth decay in ancient people is a surprisingly active research area:

Last edited by Shagnasty; 01-27-2017 at 08:49 PM.