30. Oral Health in Past Populations: Context, Concepts and Controversies

  1. Anne L. Grauer
  1. John R. Lukacs

Published Online: 8 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444345940.ch30

A Companion to Paleopathology

A Companion to Paleopathology

How to Cite

Lukacs, J. R. (2011) Oral Health in Past Populations: Context, Concepts and Controversies, in A Companion to Paleopathology (ed A. L. Grauer), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444345940.ch30

Editor Information

  1. Loyola University Chicago, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Oregon in Eugene, OR, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 6 NOV 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334258

Online ISBN: 9781444345940



  • oral health in past populations, context/concepts/controversies;
  • field of dental paleopathology, and links with allied disciplines;
  • dental diseases and developmental anomalies in past populations;
  • dental diseases and anomalies in pre-holocene hominins;
  • issues-oriented approach, to dental disease in past populations;
  • dental paleopathology, interpreting anomalies of teeth/jaws in past populations;
  • diet and dental disease research paradigm, goals motivating research;
  • dental disease classification, history of dental paleopathology;
  • dental disease in past human populations;
  • history of oral health, cultural changes in behavior/diet/subsistence


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Defining and Delimiting the Field of Study

  • A Classification of Dental Diseases

  • The History of Dental Paleopathology

  • The Scope of Dental Paleopathology

  • Dental Disease in Past Human Populations

  • Conclusion

  • References