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Is losing teeth with age natural?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 02, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Following this topic:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/158545/why-do-these-healthy-traditional-folks-lose-their-teeth/158671#158671

An interesting argument emerged.

I believe that losing no part of your body with age is natural, but can't back up my opinion with research. Browsed weston price web site and book, but couldn't find research data about teeth health of older people on high meat/fat diet.

What is your opinion on that? Do you have any references to prove it?

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on November 04, 2012
at 11:20 PM

Thanks Mark, great references. Surely genes play role, especially for people eating "sattvic" diet. But it seems that keeping teeth into old age is a common among high meat/fat eaters (eskimos)

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on November 03, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Nice finds, Mark.

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on November 03, 2012
at 05:33 PM

Why do you say that about Price? (Serious question. I know of his work but not in detail, and I'm curious as to the "European hubristic racism" thing.)

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on November 02, 2012
at 05:55 PM

Native or otherwise, it's possible that no one has done such research. Also, Price's research was really, really bad. Best to ignore it, unless you are researching European hubristic racism.

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on November 02, 2012
at 03:13 AM

Margarets, I am looking for research done on native populations - inuit, masai, similar to what Weston A Price did. I wonder if they kept their good teeth till old age?

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on November 03, 2012
at 04:29 PM

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, page 344:

Many primitive peoples not only retain all of their teeth, many of them to an old age, but also have a healthy flesh supporting these teeth. This has occurred in spite of the fact that the primitives have not had dentists to remove the deposits and no means for doing so for themselves. Note particularly the teeth of the Eskimos. The teeth are often worn nearly to the gum line and yet the gum tissue has not receded. Many of these primitive groups were practically free from the affection which we have included in the general term of pyorrhea or gingivitis. Pyorrhea in the light of our newer knowledge is largely a nutritional problem. While nutrition alone often will not be adequate for correcting it, when established practically no treatment will be completely adequate without reinforcing the nutrition in so far as deficient nutrition has been a contributing factor. Nutrition plus the frequent removal of deposits, plus suitable medication will check and prevent pyorrhea but not correct the damage that has already been done.

Some examples would seem to suggest it's attainable:

King of the Windmills

Frank Medina is 94 years old, and has never had a cavity. He still has all his teeth.

Centenarians give tips to live beyond 100

Even at the age of 107, Gangaben Makwana of Samthipara village in south Gujarat has retained her teeth.

Granted genetics may help:

Dental Prostheses and Cardiovascular Survival: a 15-year Follow-Up Study

genetics may give you more teeth remaining

Centenarian Offspring: Oral Health Outcomes Reflect Systemic Health Status

Centenarian offspring reported better oral health than the referent cohort, which parallels the systemic health advantages previously demonstrated amongst centenarian offspring

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on November 03, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Nice finds, Mark.

5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

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on November 04, 2012
at 11:20 PM

Thanks Mark, great references. Surely genes play role, especially for people eating "sattvic" diet. But it seems that keeping teeth into old age is a common among high meat/fat eaters (eskimos)

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on November 02, 2012
at 02:12 AM

It's quiet possible that no one has really studied the dental health of older people on a high meat/fat diet. Such a study would be hard to do because there are so many other factors affecting dental health, and you couldn't really control for all those variables.

5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

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on November 02, 2012
at 03:13 AM

Margarets, I am looking for research done on native populations - inuit, masai, similar to what Weston A Price did. I wonder if they kept their good teeth till old age?

E0e9255281093b2d518b56d5217a0955

(184)

on November 02, 2012
at 05:55 PM

Native or otherwise, it's possible that no one has done such research. Also, Price's research was really, really bad. Best to ignore it, unless you are researching European hubristic racism.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on November 03, 2012
at 05:33 PM

Why do you say that about Price? (Serious question. I know of his work but not in detail, and I'm curious as to the "European hubristic racism" thing.)

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