Researchers from the University of Bradford recently analyzed teeth from 10th century skeletons found in England.  Their conclusion:  teeth are the most reliable indicators, in the body, of the effects of diet and health.  On top of that, studying these old teeth can identify and help modern day children who may suffer from obesity, diabetes and heart disease.  How cool is that?

Teeth, unlike bone, continue to grow and record high nitrogen values. This gives researchers a better overall picture of the diet and health of both a child and a mother’s health during pregnancy. Simply put– analyzing children’s teeth can reveal risk factors they may face later in life and(most importantly) enable measures to be taken before it’s too late to change the path of their adult health.

And you thought teeth were just for eating and smiling!?  Consider it one more reason to prioritize strong oral health practices now—your future health will thank you!