Check out this cool TED Talk from Christina Warinner, who tracks ancient diseases using dental plaque.
This is something that not many people think about, but before dentistry and before tooth brushes and dental floss, there was no real way of removing dental plaque. And proof of the importance of having this removed is the quantity of bacteria and leftover food that can be found on teeth even as old as thousands of years ago.
Of course, to track the human genome and what we were eating and what life was like a thousand years ago, from a scientific standpoint is super cool, but just remember, it’s important to get as much plaque off of your teeth on a regular basis as possible.
Stay clean and remember to floss!
- You have to watch this amazing TED Talk!
- Stories told by our ancestors’ teeth
- Looking back on my early years
- My new article on LinkedIn (and a picture of my father)