Tooth decay and carbs: Did our ancestors have better teeth than us? (VIDEO).

Our Ancestors Had Better Teeth Than We Do. Where Did We Go Wrong?

Our Ancestors Had Better Teeth Than We Do. Where Did We Go Wrong?

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Oct. 30 2014 1:43 PM

Where Did Our Teeth Go Wrong?

Tracing the oral health of our ancestors.

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GREAT BOOKHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 19: Teeth on a model denture set are reflected in a dental mirror on April 19, 2006 in Great Bookham, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

New research suggests the British had better teeth under the Romans 1,800 years ago than they do now. On a larger scale, did our ancestors all have better teeth? The video above explores the rise of tooth decay and gum disease, which were uncommon among early people.  

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