DID YOU KNOW OUR JAW SIZE IS GETTING SMALLER EVERYDAY?
Our mouths often just don’t have the space to accommodate all of our teeth which results in crowding along with poor alignment of the teeth.
Our ancestors 200-300 years ago had fully functional wisdom teeth with much bigger jaws than we do. They needed big, strong jaws to chew the uncooked vegetables, meat and tough foods that often made up their menu.
Changes came after industrial revolution with big shift in diet as we moved from farms to cities and started having softer diet, consuming cooked foods like beans and cereals that require less chewing and less effort and didn’t demand such a high level of mouth strength.
Over time, as jaws became smaller in response to these dietary changes, teeth didn’t follow suit, remaining around the same size. This likely directly led to the problem of small jaw size which is so common today.
Over 80% of the modern population now gets impacted wisdom teeth, although wisdom teeth are unnecessary teeth.
Today our meals are softer and easier to chew, and our jaws and dentition has shortened as a result, there just isn’t room for wisdom teeth. This is why wisdom teeth are often impacted or misaligned in the jaw when they erupt in the mouth. Such impaction of the wisdom teeth often leads to infection, pain, and other dental problems. Wisdom teeth have become vestigial organs like the appendix.
Human beings and their development caused an abrupt change in the way the human dentition had been evolving. Jaw is slimming down and face is lengthening.
Changes in the human diet, food preparation, and technology have made meat and other foods tender and easier to chew, again reducing the need for a large dentition.
The unique human ability to make technological advances; introduction of pottery which made it possible to stew food to a liquid consistency and highly processed foods has altered the course of change in dentition and large teeth became even less essential to survival.
The advent of modern dentistry and the ability to extract impacted, infected wisdom teeth helps to give a healthy and productive life afterwards.