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Footballers and Olympic Athletes Have Bad Teeth – Here’s Why

English football players have “worryingly poor” teeth, according to a new study. Four out of ten have cavities and they often have worse teeth than the general population, despite otherwise being in good physical shape.

The most probable reason is said to be “frequent consumption of sugary or acidic foods”, e.g. sports drinks and other junk food marketed to athletes.

BBC: Footballers have ‘worryingly poor’ teeth

Interestingly, previous research has shown the same thing – “striking” levels of bad teeth – in athletes competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. An event that was shamelessly and massively sponsored by Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury’s chocolate.

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No Need for Braces Before Agriculture


Typical lower jaw from a hunter-gatherer, and aborigins from early 1900’s.

Before we invented agriculture our ancestors mostly had perfectly aligned teeth, without dental crowding or the need for braces. These tooth and jaw problems – which are now extremely common – are rarely or never seen in skeletons from our hunter-gatherer ancestors.

This is yet again showed in a new review of a few hundred European skeletons from the period 26,000 to 4,000 B.C.:

Malocclusion and dental crowding arose 12,000 years ago with earliest farmers

Similar findings have been seen many times before and are of great interest to everyone who has children with growing faces. How do you make them get as well-formed and well-functioning teeth and jaws as possible? Something in our modern environment messes things up – but what?

After discussing this with some experts in the field (for example at the Ancestral Health Symposiums), I’ve three things that seem important for well-formed jaws and teeth. Three things that we’re trying to follow with our children. Continue Reading →


Do you want great teeth? Eat Paleo


Do you want great teeth? Avoid sugar and grains, like our Paleo ancestors: Ancient Chompers Were Healthier Than Ours

Are you surprised, even a little bit? Then read the 1939 masterpiece Nutrition and Physical Degeneration (free online). Or just look at the stunning pictures.


How Kids Get Straight Teeth


How Kids get Straight Teeth


Among a lot of great lectures at the Ancestral Health Symposium, there is one I have been meaning to write about for a long time now. I found it fascinating.

Why do so many Westeners develop crooked teeth? Bad genes is a common explanation. But is it true? Continue Reading →