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  1. Nate
    Well, after watching Dr. Eades talk about Egypt, I think there is a surprise with the Pompeii healthy teeth. I'm guessing that the diet of the Egyptians and the Italians were very similar with way too much wheat in both. Well, except that Dr. Eades said that there was no sugar in the Egyptian diet versus the low sugar in Pompeii. But the Egyptians had terrible tooth decay and abscesses and the those in Pompeii did not. That surprised me.

    The answer is probably the naturally occurring high concentration of fluoride in the water. According to the article, the fluoride was so high that it appears to have damaged their bones, but it probably protected their teeth. As I grew up in Texas, which was one the first states to start adding fluoride to their water, I have had very few cavities. Even though as a kid, I would shovel sugar into my Cheerios when my mother was not looking.

  2. greensleeves21
    The ancient Romans & Egyptians both used licorice roots as "toothbrushes" - they would chew & fray the ends to use as brushes. For toothpaste they used salt in oil & the rich would use a paste of crushed oyster shells.
  3. Nate
    Thanks greensleeves21. I wonder why they decided to use licorice roots. Was it the taste?
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  4. Tim H
    Indians to this day continue to use twigs from the Neem tree. The anti-microbial properties of Neem are legendary. In southern India some people also use twigs from another tree whose English name I forget. But the tree is common in Africa as well. You've seen it in pictures of the Serengeti. It's got an almost flat table top and thorns that are 2 or 3 inches long.
  5. Apicius
    For the perspective of enamel health: I wonder if the wheat grinding process the Egyptians used could have contributed to the poor health of teeth. According to Dr Eades presentation, they added sand to wheat to aid with grinding the wheat, and then they would try to remove the sand from the flour. The result was having some residual sand remaining, and then gritty bread that would erode their teeth. Did the Pompeii people process their wheat with sand or not?

    For the perspective of straight / crooked teeth: does this article mean that the Pompeii people had straight teeth, and therefore aligning to the "traditional food" effect that the Weston Price foundation speaks of?

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  6. greensleeves21
    In the museum in Naples where I learned this, they said it was for nice breath & white teeth.
  7. greensleeves21
    The Romans ground flour the European way - with millstones & a waterwheel. The Egyptians lacked water & so couldn't use this technology. The Roman flour mill at Barbegal still stands actually, with its aqueduct.
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  8. Apicius
    Thanks for the info greensleeves. I see that Egypt today is the biggest exporter for dates (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_palm) and that dates were in their diet since ancient times as a popular food. So those dates, with a diet during ancient times that primarily consisted of bread and beer sounds like a carby nightmare!!
  9. Johan
    If I may play the devil's avocate, the text is not really suggesting the good tooth condition was due to strict low-carb:

    ..."fibre-rich Mediterranean diet", "...a lot of fruit and vegetables" + "lots of fluoride in the water"

    Very little sugar, ok...and Marco Polo had not yet brought the pasta from Asia :)

  10. Eena
    It is surprising that Romans would have good teeth. I suspect that people in Pompei didn't really eat a lot of grain and ate mostly animal food and vegetables. Fluoride would have nothing to do with that. Fluoride destroys teeth as fast as it destroys bones. It makes teeth more brittle, there has been plenty of research to prove that. I used to have huge problems with caries, at least 2-3 new cavities a year. Two years ago I started LCHF and eliminated fluoride from my water (I have a source of unfluoridated drinking water now). My latest dental exam showed surprisingly healthy teeth and gums with almost no plaque, and my dentist was not able to find any traces of a small cavity that had been there before I started LCHF. My diet on LCHF has been predominantly animal products with plenty of animal fat, non-starchy vegetables, very occasional starchy vegetables or grains like rice (once every week or two), no sweets or sweeteners on any kind.

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