In spite of the substantial progress when it comes to dental and oral health care services today, tooth decay and other oral health problems continue to be among the most prevalent diseases around the world. According to a study, only 11 per cent of the entire population can attest that their teeth and gums are in excellent condition. This merely implies that the vast majority of people today are not entirely confident about the well-being of their teeth and gums.
Changes In Dental Health Through Time
Just recently, a team of researchers from all over the globe convened to initiate a study that aims to compare and contrast the dental health and oral wellness of people today to that of people who lived in the ancient past. In order to achieve this, they gathered dental samples from different ages and collected the genetic materials from the tartar found on these samples.
The lead author of the study explained that by analysing the genetic materials found in plaque buildup, they can then obtain a precise record of different factors which could explain notable differences when it comes to dental health and oral wellness.