Fertility and Agriculture Accentuate Sex Differences in Dental Caries Rates

@article{Lukacs2008FertilityAA,
  title={Fertility and Agriculture Accentuate Sex Differences in Dental Caries Rates},
  author={John R. Lukacs},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={2008},
  volume={49},
  pages={901 - 914}
}
  • J. Lukacs
  • Published 1 October 2008
  • Psychology
  • Current Anthropology
The transition from foraging to farming is associated with a widespread and well‐documented decline in oral health, wherein women experience a more rapid and dramatic decline than men. Historically, anthropologists have attributed this difference to behavioral factors such as sexual division of labor and gender‐based dietary preferences. However, the clinical and epidemiological literature on caries prevalence reveals a ubiquitous pattern of worse oral heath among women than men. Research on… 

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