A History of Wisdom Teeth

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What are you aware of concerning the history of wisdom teeth? Have they ever had a purpose? When did we first begin using them? Find out the answers to these questions and additional ones by reading this post we’ve prepared about the history of wisdom teeth. If you have any extra queries about wisdom teeth, our dentist and team would be very happy to answer them on your next appointment to our office.

Approximately 100 million years ago, humans walked on all fours and had huge jaws. As it turns out, this large jaw could hold 32 chompers easily; we still develop up to 32 pearly whites today, but the wisdom teeth either don’t manifest or need to be removed if they do because they may complicate breathing and other key human functions. Our ancestors utilized the four wisdom teeth to chew and grind leaves and roots. But after a mutation created smaller jaws, brains started growing bigger and mankind began cooking and using cooking apparatuses such as fire to soften food, leaving the wisdom teeth less required. Or at least that’s how scientists believe it went down!

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