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(Mother Nature Network)   It turns out brushing your teeth with a modern toothbrush is just as good as brushing them with bones, twigs, feathers or porcupine quills   (mnn.com) divider line 52
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2012-08-23 06:03:22 AM  

rikkards: Ever looked at an old cow's teeth? They grind them down so they never get cavities


We could learn a lesson from that.

rikkards:
Ever seen a greyhounds teeth? They are highly vulnerable to cavities with the way their mouths are designed.

Yeah, but there was a reason I chose a cow and not a greyhound for comparison. Not that cows and humans are a perfect match, but they're a lot closer than humans and greyhounds. Come to think of it, monkeys are pretty close, and they don't brush their teeth. I've seen plenty of monkey skulls (don't ask) and they tend to have full heads of teeth. I'm not saying brushing is bad - but I had a dentist put it to me like this: The fewer bad things you eat, the less brushing actually does. Again, not that it's bad, but maybe we should look into causes rather than finding better fixes for the symptoms. Western medicine is bad about that, in general - great with treatments for the symptoms, not so great on cures for the causes.
 
2012-08-23 06:13:11 AM  

untaken_name: rikkards: Ever looked at an old cow's teeth? They grind them down so they never get cavities

We could learn a lesson from that.

rikkards: Ever seen a greyhounds teeth? They are highly vulnerable to cavities with the way their mouths are designed.

Yeah, but there was a reason I chose a cow and not a greyhound for comparison. Not that cows and humans are a perfect match, but they're a lot closer than humans and greyhounds. Come to think of it, monkeys are pretty close, and they don't brush their teeth. I've seen plenty of monkey skulls (don't ask) and they tend to have full heads of teeth. I'm not saying brushing is bad - but I had a dentist put it to me like this: The fewer bad things you eat, the less brushing actually does. Again, not that it's bad, but maybe we should look into causes rather than finding better fixes for the symptoms. Western medicine is bad about that, in general - great with treatments for the symptoms, not so great on cures for the causes.


I do agree diet has a huge (largest) factor on health but I think there is something in common with cows and monkeys, they are herbivores. Chances are the chewing on leaves and twigs are naturally cleaning them as well.

Again, not that it's bad, but maybe we should look into causes rather than finding better fixes for the symptoms. Western medicine is bad about that, in general - great with treatments for the symptoms, not so great on cures for the causes.
Amen brother, preaching to the choirt
 
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