What happens if you stop brushing your teeth altogether?

As a dentist, I can simply tell you the most important reason: A Human diet bears almost no resemblance to the diet we evolved with AT ALL. Humans have not been evolving or subject to Natural Selection for millennia. 10,000 years ago, a group of humans could lure a herd of giant ruminants near a cliff, startle them into bolting over the cliff, and slaughter the animals at their leisure at the bottom. THAT’S not natural at all.

Yet the thing that has affected human dental disease the most is the rapid and sophisticated advancement in food growing, gathering and processing. Take the humble pie (see how I did that?). A pie is a tremendously unnatural foodstuff. You have the crust - a sweet, melt in your mouth mixture of grass seed powder (flour), sugar (an amazingly unnatural concentrated product), butter or oil (ditto), and the unfertilized eggs of a domesticated bird. In this sweet, sticky, pasty, flaky cooked (!) container, you place fruit (collected in a group, stored, and allowed to soften and concentrate their sugars), mixed with MORE powdered grass seed (flour) and MORE sugar. The human body was simply never evolved to handle this immensely caloric, starchy, sticky mess.

Guess who’s waiting to feast on the pasty mass that adheres to your teeth? Billions and billions of bacteria (called Streptococcus mutans) whose sole purpose in life is to digest the starch into sugar for their own use, and then produce tooth decaying acids inside this rotting, decaying mess of food paste, bacteria, and water (saliva) that is stuck to your teeth.

This is a photo of a patient of mine. He was 5 years old at the time, and the upper teeth were worse (photo taken in a mirror).

The takeaway here is that human teeth (and domesticated animal teeth) live in an environment that they did not evolve for. We as humans now employ unnatural selection (body attributes or personality, alcohol or situation, etc.) as mating cues, while our oral flora is happily evolving at a furious rate (up to 1 new generation every THIRTY MINUTES), and we eat food that we do not gather, is often plentiful and/or concentrated with starch and sugar.

SO, while brushing your teeth is not innately natural (like eating and surviving), it is an appropriate and partially effective preventative measure to take against the unnatural process of tooth decay. The most effective prevention for tooth decay would be a PURE hunter/gatherer diet. Exclusively. If you do that, unless you own honey bees on a pineapple and sugar cane plantation, you shouldn’t get decay even if you don’t brush.

FYI: Other unnatural heath problems that we face in modern society include Type II Diabetes, Gout, and getting shot/blown up by idiots.

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Mike McEachern
Primitive humans generally didn't live long enough to loose teeth due to decay. Skeletal remains show evidence of decay, abscesses, impaction, and all the common dental ills seen today. The primitive diet was "cleaner" in terms of sugar, starch, etc. but it caused rapid wear from sand and gritty vegatation.
Nov 1, 2018 12:19PM
Jacqueline Tattam
It is also important to note that gum disease (periodontitis) is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease. Poor dental health increases the risk of a bacterial infection in the blood stream, which can affect the heart valves.Tooth loss patterns are connected to coronary artery disease.
Jun 3, 2019 6:50PM
Maddy Webster
I always wondering if the people on Naked and Afraid brush their teeth during the 21 days. I guess they do, off camera.
Apr 20, 2019 12:21AM
Gayle Bennett
Jacky Pierce Friedman, Not to brush is YUK
Jan 19, 2019 3:05AM
j schray
Jacky Pierce Friedman, That's probably because you don't brush. If you don't brush, assuming you also don't floss then the discomfort is likely inflammation of the gums around your teeth due to decaying food and bacteria between your teeth or wedged under the gums along your teeth line.The pain in the gums can eventually lead to receding gum lines and to loosening teeth due to those receding lines. Do you at least see a dentist once or twice a year?
Jan 3, 2019 2:36PM
Jacky Pierce Friedman
Andoy Angeles, Same here basically. I don't brush my teeth either. Haven't most of my life. Every time I do brush them my gums get sore and my teeth hurt like all heck.
Dec 24, 2018 5:01PM
Evangeline Phillips
What about rinsing your mouth frequently during your meal with water?
Dec 12, 2018 6:04PM
Interesting/useful info.
Dec 10, 2018 4:30PM
Andoy Angeles
My Dad never brushes his teeth, yet no common dental defects, cavities or diseases until he died at age 90! I seldom brush my teeth too and never saw a dentist, no problems with my teeth or gums. I migrated abroad to a western culture by age 32, still no tooth decays, gum diseases, etc. But after I finally saw a dentist and followed all the advices including hygiene, all my problems started to happen, that includes my gums as well! Lost 4 teeth so far!
Nov 11, 2018 9:57PM
I'll remember that the next time I stampede a herd of cattle over a cliff.
Oct 28, 2018 6:05PM
Darlene Davidson
That was painless.
Oct 27, 2018 4:35PM
Linda Spreng
Roy Cunningham, so sorry for your loss. She sounds she was a tad ornery ... just the way I like a mom to be ... mine was, too.
Oct 24, 2018 11:21PM
Kym Kirkup
Well written..!
Oct 23, 2018 2:34AM
Just went to the dentist after 20 years, I had over 20 cavities.
Oct 11, 2018 9:15PM
Alireza Mohtashami
So right
Oct 8, 2018 1:32PM

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