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If you have watched movies about the Middle Ages, you probably think that everyone walked around with dirty, blackened and missing teeth. But the truth is medieval people may have had better teeth than many people today.

Why would that be? After all, they didn’t have the kind of toothpaste, dental floss or mouthwash we have today. The difference is sugar. Today, sugar is prevalent in all sorts of things we eat and drink on a regular basis. It is in sports drinks, soft drinks, processed foods, even in some bread. We also eat a diet high in carbohydrates, which the bacteria in your mouth can use to make acids that attack your teeth.

In the medieval era, the average person just did not have the money for foods that were high in sugar. The sugar they could eat was natural sugar, and they did not eat that often. They did eat a diet that was high in dairy, vegetables, and grains. The rich on the other hand had plenty of sugar. King Richard III had extensive plaque buildup and suffered from cavities. Medieval people scrubbed their teeth regularly with a cloth, using a variety of different substances and mixtures. On average, people in the Middle Ages had a very low rate of cavities. They may have been the Dark Ages, but not when it came to dental health!

Our dentist will be happy to talk to you about how your diet and oral hygiene routine can give you a healthier mouth. If you don’t want to end up with a smile like Richard III, call 201-854-5500 today to make an appointment at Dido Kim in North Bergen, New Jersey.