If you’re into evolution, I came across some interesting findings about how our teeth and jaws have evolved over the thousands of years when hunter-gatherers roamed the earth.
It seems, according to scientists, cavemen had pretty good teeth and jaw alignment – and all of us today, well,
we’re in bad shape. But, it’s not our fault.
Our poor teeth and jaws are products of farming and the food we eat. It’s just too mushy, say scientists.
The shift from hunter-gatherers to farmers, which started 13,000 years ago, is central to our modern dental problems. As food spread throughout the world it became softer, so we did not need to chew as much. This has had a direct effect on the development of our jaws, which are now smaller… even too small to accommodate all our teeth.
“Our diets once consisted of everything in raw form — such as seeds, nuts, vegetables, meat and fruit,” explains Professor Jimmy Steele, head of the School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University.
“Now it consists of foods that are often highly processed, pre-packaged, soft and full of sugar.”
Interested in how many common dental problems are linked to our caveman past? I encourage you to read this article to learn more – and find out what you can do about them.