Diet and Dental Caries in Post-Medieval London

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Abstract

This paper explores the dentition of individuals excavated from two post-medieval London cemeteries. Individuals from Chelsea Old Church, a middle-class group, and St. Bride’s lower churchyard, a working-class group, were selected and studied. The relative dental status of each group was explored by determining the prevalence of individuals and teeth affected by dental caries. The overall dental status of both class groups was found to be poor; diet was the most likely causative factor. Access to cariogenic foods such as sugar and refined flour likely affected individuals’ dental status regardless of their social class.

Keywords

Bioarchaeology Diet Status Dental caries Antemortem tooth loss 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of ArchaeologyDurham UniversityDurhamUK

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