The story of humanity from a humble tooth

teeth health smile dentistModern technology can be used to analyse historic teeth and yield valuable information about primitive humans.

Key takeaways:

– Teeth are composed of tissue called dentine; research has showed that dentine analysis can reveal evidence of Vitamin D deficiency and rickets

– Vitamin D deficiency is caused by lack of sunlight, so it can inform anthropological research into migration to lower-light regions

– This research can inform modern healthcare as Vitamin D deficiency is still a problem today – see your dentist if you have any concerns

“Until now, there has been no reliable way to measure vitamin D deficiency over time.”

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