Charlotte, NC– Recently, it has been discovered that Ancient Romans living in Pompeii had impressively healthy teeth because they didn’t eat a one certain food- sugar. “I’ve been saying this for years- avoid sugar!” says Dr. Wells of South Charlotte Dentistry, “I’m happy to learn that history agrees with me. A low-sugar diet will help keep your teeth healthy.”
Scientists used CAT scans to examine 30 people who lived in Pompeii in AD79 when Mount Vesuvius erupted. Their bodies were persevered in the hardened ash. Giovanni Babino, the head radiologist of the group, announced in a press conference in September that the ancient Romans examined had near perfect teeth. He also reported that they seemed to have “no immediate discernible need for dentists.”
Dr. James Wells of South Charlotte Dentistry was not surprised by the discovery. “Most of my patients have developed cavities due to their sugary diets,” says Dr. Wells, “Bacteria feeds off of sugar. So when we eat a lot of sugar, we allow the bacteria to grow. Bacteria causes cavities which can lead to bigger problems.” He recommends lowering sugar intake and increasing fruits and vegetables.
The Pompeii citizens never used toothbrushes or toothpaste, but still had incredibly healthy teeth because of their diet. Orthodontist, Elisa Vanacreo, who oversaw the examination of their teeth stated that “They ate better than we did and have really good teeth.” Their diet would be similar to what is now referred to as the Mediterranean diet, which is very low sugar.
“We have known for a long time that sugar is the cause of the most common dental issues,” says Dr. Wells. “And with the holiday season approaching, it is harder and harder to avoid.” Dr. Wells suggests having a game plan to the upcoming holidays. He advises his patients to especially avoid chewy candies like caramels, fudge, and peanut brittle. “Candies or sweets that get stuck in your teeth are the worst.”
Dr. James Wells has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years. His practice, South Charlotte Dentistry, is located at 7741 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy Suite 102 Charlotte, NC 28277. He offers family and cosmetic dentistry. Currently, new patients can get a dental exam and x-rays for $49. He encourages all his patients to get regular check-ups, especially if they eat sugar. “We can learn a lot from history- this time it proved something we already knew,” says Dr. Wells.