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Does air pollution affect the health of your teeth? Samples from ancient human teeth suggest yes

dentists in Auburn Maine
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

According to HealthDay News, samples taken from the tartar of 400,000 year-old teeth reveal the earliest evidence of air pollution created by human activity. The air pollution is thought to have stemmed from indoor fires used to roast meat. The discovery sheds valuable insight not only into the lifestyle of the people who lived in Qesem Cave almost half a million years ago but also into the sometimes negative consequences of human progress on the environment.

So, just how bad is air pollution for your teeth? It's not something we frequently think about, yet the air in most major cities contains dangerous substances that can damage our teeth as well as our lungs. Acid in the air from car exhaust or industrial exposure can erode your teeth in a way similar to the decay-causing bacterial processes that naturally occur in the mouth.

You can find out the air quality of your region online. The best way to keep your teeth healthy is to see your Auburn dentist twice a year for check-ups. Give us a call at (207) 784-2211 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment!

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