Is this a joke? Unfortunately not. Your skeleton may indeed crumble to ash, but your teeth are absolutely thriving on their own. Dr. Estelle Lazar, a forensic archaeologist from the University of Sydney, spoke to ABC News about your postmortem pearly whites. She assures us there is an explanation for the longevity of your teeth. 

Teeth are not supernatural ivory squatters who’ve taken up residence in your mouth, simply biding their time till you expire so they may outlive you for sheer spite. Not at all, Dr. Lazar explains: For some evolutionary reason, teeth are simply not made of biodegradable bone. Like the rest of our skeletons, teeth are made of bone. Our teeth do not biodegrade, Lazar explains, and the bacteria that would eventually rot an unhygienic set of teeth does not survive without its human host.

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