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Did Cavemen Get Cavities?

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Cavemen didn’t have the temptation of candy and soda to harm their teeth, but they also didn’t have modern dental tools and dentists either. So did they get cavities? The answer, in short, is yes. But how did they get them?

Dietary Changes

Studies show that hunter-gatherers barely had any cavities, given their varied and healthy diets. However, cavities became more of a commonality once early humans learned how to farm, incorporating more grains into their diet. The uptick in carbohydrates in the diet coupled with the still primitive form of oral care caused cavemen to develop cavities and tooth decay at more rapid rates.

But in 2014, scientists discovered an ancient community with extreme rates of tooth decay, the cause of which could not have just been because of farming.

Dental Care

Cavemen chewed on sticks to clean their teeth and even used grass stalks to pick in between their teeth. Without the availability of high-quality toothbrushes and toothpaste, however, cavemen’s teeth were more susceptible to cavities and decay, even with a healthy, carbohydrate-free diet.

Bacteria

Studies have shown that the bacteria that cause plaque and tooth decay have existed for thousands of years. While this is certainly the cause of cavities and tooth decay in cavemen’s teeth, a combination of bacteria and either poor diet or poor oral hygiene is the likely culprit behind cavemen getting cavities. Just like modern humans!

When thinking about our distant ancestors’ oral health, we’re more alike than you’d think. Luckily for us, we know more about maintaining oral health than they did and have the proper tools to take care of our teeth. In order to prevent cavities, it is necessary to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day and see your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and examination. Our dentists at Romeoville Dental Center are excited to help you and your family be cavity-free. Contact us to set up an appointment!

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Selena Nunez
Selena Nunez
October 22, 2022.

Hands down the best dental office to receive your dental and cosmetic needs. The staff is always very friendly and welcoming. It’s also so nice knowing that they have 3 amazing doctors on staff who know their craft. No matter which provider you see, you just know you’re in great hands. My last visit was with Dr. Sheikh for Botox. She’s very thorough and has a keen eye for detail. I’m two weeks out from my Botox treatment and let me just say, my skin has never felt so smooth or looked as radiant as it does now. Always a pleasure visiting Dr. Sheikh!

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Victoria esposito
October 2, 2022.

Please look no further! This entire office has their act together. I’ve been seeing Dr Sheikh and she is so patient and gentle.She is also a perfectionist and listens to your concerns and delivers options. I’ve also seen Dr Nina and Dr Patel and certainly no complaints with either of them. I’ve had 3 crowns and numerous fillings and no problems with any of the work. Thanks for building my complete confidence!

Nancy Sauer
Nancy Sauer
September 29, 2022.

Today I had a great visit at Romeoville Dental! Anna and Jaime are wonderful, and so is Dr. Nina. The desk staff are very welcoming. It's always so enjoyable to come here.

Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez
September 28, 2022.

Excelente servicio

Neshelle Baker
Neshelle Baker
September 25, 2022.

I love Romeoville Dental Center! I’ve been here about 4 times and had a different hygienist and dentist each time. The entire team is amazing, every single person has always been caring, gentle and friendly. I highly recommend.

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Gianna Munoz
September 24, 2022.

By far the best dentist office I’ve been to. I love the patient care and the whole staff.

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Phyllis Lanphear
September 24, 2022.

The office staff and dentists are just awesome!! They take time to talk with you and make you feel so comfortable.