A visit to the dentist this morning prompt the following question in my mind: what can I learn from the condition of a caveman’s teeth?
Googling the topic of how well fared our forefathers’ teeth and gum, when it came to cavities and disease, it seems the answers is — quite well. The common theory as to the reason behind this, is that not only soft drink vending machines were hard to come by in the near proximity of the cave, but that more so, the culprit seems to have been a historic change in diet. When man learned to farm, components such as carbs and starch were added to their diet, creating sugar that allows the bacteria in our mouths to thrive. It is not that cavemen had no dental problems at all; but then again, they only lived till their late 20’s, maybe 30’s, if they could still run faster than their predators, thus two sets of teeth, which we all still carry, sort of sufficed.
This brought to mind the question of Intelligent Design; if indeed there was a blueprint behind the human physiology, did the Great Original Designer(s) intended their creation, that is — us, to only live till our 20’s? Or else did they wish us to never eat sugars, or foods that become simple sugars? Damn, if so, it should have been added as one of the commandments given to Moses: Thou shalt not consume refine sugar, nor anything that can become refined sugar. I guess GOD run out of space on the stone tablets. Now imagine if these were to be given on an iPad – no space issue and hundreds more commandments. How lucky we are space was limited at the time to no more than 10kb. Wow.
And if there is no GOD, did evolution mess it up? Either way, GOD or evolution should have given us a third set of teeth. Wouldn’t that be nice? It is something that reportedly had happen in a handful of humans over the years — a third set of teeth that is.
Speaking of which, it is reported that Chinese scientists are hard at work, creating teeth-like structure out of stem cells derived from the byproducts of urine. So far only in mice. Does that mean that whatever GOD missed in his design is now going to be Made in China? Go figure.
Learned from: a visit to the dentist and random search results from Google.