Like their iconic columns, Ancient Roman’s teeth are still remarkably intact.
Scientists from a research project of Italian archaeologists, orthodontists, radiologists and anthropologists have recently been examining the bodies of 30 Ancient Romans from the famous city of Pompeii. The bodies from a wide range of age and gender (plus a dog and a wild boar) have been excellently preserved over the centuries due to the dramatic way they died. When Mount Vesuvius erupted, some 2,000 citizens of the city were quickly overwhelmed by toxic fumes. Their bodies were preserved by the volcanic ash, which hardened and formed pumice. Over the decades, scientists have developed a way of taking casts of the bodies, and have now started a detailed analysis of the lifestyles of the Ancient Romans who lived there.
Bodies of the citizens of Pompeii have been placed into CAT scans and shown that these Ancient Roman’s teeth are in excellent condition, with remarkably few cavities. Due to the lack of modern conveniences such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, the scientists are pointing to the healthy, low-sugar diet which the citizens of Pompeii lived by.
Dental expert Elisa Vanacore said “The inhabitants of Pompeii ate a lot of fruit and vegetables but very little sugar. They ate better than we did and have really good teeth.”
The director of the site, Massimo Osanna backed the dietary aspect up, saying “Their diet was balanced and healthy, similar to what we now call the Mediterranean diet.”
It’s an acknowledged fact that modern, sugary diets are bad for dental health, and these Ancient Roman’s teeth only help back that fact up. A Mediterranean diet has also long been known to be good for your health, and now we have proof that it’s good for your teeth, too.
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Ancient Romans ‘had perfect teeth’ thanks to healthy low-sugar diet [via The Telegraph]