"Anna Elliott" wrote:That is true about the lack of sugar, but in ancient Egypt, for example, the sand and the grit from the grindstones used to grind wheat would be incorporated into the bread and cause extreme wear on the teeth. Studies of mummies have shown that they suffered from what must have been hugely painful tooth problems--abscesses, etc.
I think some of the autopsies performed on Egyptian Pharaohs have shown cause of death related to periodontal disease.
I would imagine a lot of ancient societies using some kind of herbal remedy for tooth care and bad breath -- mint, for example.
There's also a field of study called Dental Anthropology. It's amazing how much teeth can tell you about a population ... kind of like tree rings for trees.