How did the Pilgrims take care of their teeth? What about the Native Americans? Two very different people, but both still had oral health needs to address. What did they do? Let’s take a look at Native Americans
This may shock you but early Native Americans had a high fiber diet due to heating large amounts of corn (maize), beans, squash, fish and game. This meant they also had healthy smiles to boot! This left them with very healthy teeth and gums. A healthy diet will have changing effects on all aspects of your health, from oral to physical, mental and emotional.
Native Americans did have tools for oral care. One such tool was called chewsticks and had a frayed end that would act as a brush, then they would chew on fresh herbs to cleanse their teeth and gums. Chewsticks were twigs that had two uses: one end was frayed by a rock and used for brushing, while the other end was sharpened and used as a tooth pick.
While I’m thankful for a toothbrush, floss and mouthwash, it did seem like they had it under control. In fact Native Americans are thought to have healthier teeth than the pilgrims. Now, if you have any questions about your oral health call us at 303.627.6212, or visit our website.