It is in our nature to want to know what came before us and what will come after us. Science has taken great strides to learn about our human history and what it teaches us about today. The discovery of Roman skulls has given us some great insight into the way oral health has changed. Let’s take a look at what we learned from these ancient skulls and how it should affect our daily habits.
They Didn’t Know Much About Oral Health, But…
Romans didn’t know nearly as much as we now know about oral health, and yet the skulls showed a surprising find. Romans didn’t have nearly as much gum disease as we have now. They showed signs of decay and abscesses, but not gum disease. Even though they didn’t see dentists like we do today, and they certainly didn’t follow the strict hygiene habits that we have. How is this possible?
Our Habits Harm Our Oral Health
Researchers believe the shift in gum disease has to do with our poor habits of smoking and not eating well. Gum disease numbers stayed down until society began smoking tobacco. As tobacco use and diabetes numbers have gone up, so has the spread of gum disease. If that is true, we should see a decrease in gum disease as tobacco use and diabetes numbers go down. We just have to make that happen, first!
Take a good look at your health habits, and see if you might be putting yourself at risk for gum disease! If you are, there’s no better time than the present to change those habits and build a healthier you. Contact us today to find out more about the link between your health habits and gum disease. We would love to see you soon!