What can we learn about Paleo toothpicks?

Answered on October 08, 2013
Created October 07, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Research from today about Paleo toothpick use. A few questions. First, if there was no teeth crowding in Paleo teeth then why did they feel such a great need for toothpicks? I mean, so much use that it causes you to lose all your teeth but one! I guess there's no need for one at that point, though it's unclear from the article if that's one on top and bottom or just 1. Second, I guess we shouldn't consider floss to be a Neolithic invention then and that it may be a practice that we should continue even with a Paleo diet?

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on October 08, 2013
at 02:53 PM

I'm not going to just assume that they have correctly diagnosed excessive injury from toothpicks. Maybe it was a form of torture or they just liked to chew on sticks trying to suck out some nutrients from them. I'd say these researchers are just helping propagate further funding and studies with theories that are just that.


on October 08, 2013
at 09:38 AM

I eat meat on the bone for most meals. Gnawing at bones gets stuff all stuck everywhere in your teeth, and probably is a bit tough on the teeth too! I definitely feel the need for a quick floss afterwards.

Could be a similar reason?

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on October 07, 2013
at 10:03 PM

I brush my teeth less since going paleo but still floss pretty regularly since I do, indeed, have neolithic dental issues that can't be solved by going paleo so late in life. Food gets in there and I pluck it out.

However, eating less sugar and processed grains does leave my mouth feeling fresher even when going 24-36 hours without brushing! It sounds gross but it works. My girl friend doesn't complain.

I don't think any rational person would prescribe that EVERYONE eating paleo stop pursuing dental hygiene but you can relax a little if you eat right.



on October 07, 2013
at 08:43 PM

1. make sure your toothpicks cant break skin and or is hygenic

2. use floss

else: buy juicer and straws

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