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 Post subject: Dental Health In The Old West?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:22 pm 
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Hey, everyone. Haven't been on here in a while & I was wondering something: What were people's teeth like in the Old West? I'm talking about tribes, mountain men, cowboys, townspeople- everyone out there. I ask because the diet is an important factor in dental health (like if your teeth fall apart, get "caries," etc...) & it seems their diet wasn't mangled-up like the modern one is. The industrial food seems to cause problems wherever it goes- I'm even remembering a thing by Weston A. Price about two identical twin brothers that had different dental health because of different diets (one ate the traditional food & had good dental health, but the other didn't & didn't). It's interesting, Weston A. Price researched the Aborigines in Australia, people in Switzerland, even Northern Scotland in the Shetland Islands- the same theme keep reappearing: the industrial/modern/Western food acted corrosively to their health.

Well, anyway- I figure there's some descriptive information on the tribes or of various people from those times. Maybe there was a noted difference between mountain men & townspeople of that era? City folk vs. country folk? I have a hard time getting my hands on good quality stuff like that, at least consistently & I'm planning a move to Europe soon, so I figure I'll be able to get better (my teeth are a bit messed-up & I'll likely need fillings anyway, but I still want the general problem to stop- I guess I can get the remaining holes filled in with that paste the Japanese dentist invented after that).


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 Post subject: Re: Dental Health In The Old West?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:33 am 
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tooth brushes have been around for a long time...fluoride has not. Little sugar was in the diet of most folks......some exception with town folk. Genetics has a lot to do with it as well. I don't know of specific primary source documentation.....except for the odd mention of a tooth ache. I think folks ate better than we do in large part and probably didn't suffer as we would like to think.......that's all I got. Might be an interesting thing to research on line though.

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 Post subject: Re: Dental Health In The Old West?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:09 pm 
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Modern processed sugar is the blame in the main as Mule Man rightly pointed out.


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 Post subject: Re: Dental Health In The Old West?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 12:58 am 
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There were fairly good dental schools in the Victorian age, so there were fairly good dentists at the time, if they were around... I'm sure the larger cities had them. It would probably be more painful, due to lack of pain meds, but they could have used cocaine as a topical aesthetic, I don't know...

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 Post subject: Re: Dental Health In The Old West?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 12:49 pm 
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Doc Holliday...Apparently, he really was a very skilled dentist not just a good one.


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