How did people deal with cavities and wisdom teeth before advent of modern dentistry? Did everyone simply have their teeth pulled out at the first sign of pain?

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How did people deal with cavities and wisdom teeth before advent of modern dentistry? Did everyone simply have their teeth pulled out at the first sign of pain?

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Blacksmith did this kind of job. People came to him with tooth pain and he just pulled it out.

We have a person who pulls their own or breaks them off with pliers down to the gum. The roots skin over or continue to decay to the point where they abscess. There is odor. Eventually, if the infection gets bad enough the infection will spread to the brainstem causing additional problems or death.

Well, before agriculture, they didn’t have the same kind of problem. With a diet of tougher food their jaw muscles were much stronger and consequently the structure of their entire jaw was wider and accommodated all of their teeth.

[https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-dawn-farming-changed-our-mouths-worst-180954167/](https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-dawn-farming-changed-our-mouths-worst-180954167/)

Yes, the tooth would get pulled, but this was a once or twice in a life event before ~1600 AD. Most people had most of their teeth their whole life.

Gingivitis and cavities are relatively modern problems because until ~1600 most people around the world did not have access to refined sugar. There is a colony of bacteria on our teeth and gums that love sugar, and they get to eat it whenever we eat (or drink) sugar. Then they poop acid onto your teeth and your teeth de-mineralize. The holes get bigger, and that’s a cavity.

After the 1600’s, also yes, they would just pull out all the teeth and give you dentures.

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