Dental Health- what do we owe to Rats and Agriculture? Our ancestors, going back to the Neanderthals, did not always develop cavities (caries), explains Dr. Marks. This may surprise you, since we all know that the Egyptians of old had “ dentists ”. Studies show that before humans started to cultivate and plant agriculture for eating purposes, caries were not very common. It seems that once we cultivated food, caries started to become widespread.
Studies at the medical school in Stanford found when they studied the cavity causing bacteria- that a new gene(s) formed and the bacteria spread wildly about 10 thousand years ago, the same time agriculture was developing. But how did this cause an increase in caries?
So- if you don’t have decay, and don’t want it, don’t kiss a Rat! If you have any dental questions, or would like an exam and cleaning, please CONTACT US.