Today, despite the substantial efforts put in taking proper care of your teeth, dental and oral health problems continue to plague a huge margin of the general population. A recent survey has found that up to 75 per cent of adults wish that they took better care of their teeth and gums. Moreover, only a small fraction of the entire populace can say that their dental and oral health is excellent, only about 10 per cent.
Dental And Oral Health Through Time
A team of researchers from all over the world launched a study that aims to compare the dental and oral wellness of people today and people who lived in the past. They studied genetic materials from tartar found on the skeletons of ancient human beings. According to the lead researcher, analysing the genetic material found on plaque allows the team to obtain a precise record of the factors that may have caused the substantial differences in dental and oral health.
Results show that oral bacteria in the Stone Age samples were more diverse compared to the oral bacteria today. Researcher state that in the present day, bacteria in the mouth are actually in their permanent disease state. This implies that there is a significant imbalance in the bacterial population, substantially favouring the harmful ones. As a result, people today are more vulnerable to dental and oral health problems.Details