Are Cavities Contagious?

People go out of their way to protect themselves and loved ones. When one family member is sick it seems extra caution is taken to keep the cold from spreading. Unfortunately, anytime sickness is not visibly present, germs are more likely to spread because these extra precautions are no longer taken.

Though sugar is the usual scapegoat for cavities, they are actually caused by bacteria. Bacteria live everywhere, especially in our mouths where food particles provide a food source. Most bacteria are harmless, some are even beneficial, but the ones that aren’t will wreak havoc in no time at all.

A ten-second kiss between two people exchanges roughly 80 million bacteria. A handshake can transfer from 50 million to 124 million bacteria, depending on the length of the handshake and how hygienic each person is. A certain amount of protection comes from thoroughly washing and disinfecting your hands between meet and greeting and that business luncheon.

Two of the most dangerous of these bacteria, as far as your mouth is concerned, are Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus. Both of these bacteria thrive in the mouth and contribute significantly to tooth decay. Since both strains are so closely related, they are often grouped together and called mutans streptococci.

If you have children at home, do not have them eat off of a fork after you. Bacteria which do not impact adults can be extremely harmful to kids. Avoid having them take a bite of food after you. If you want to share that breadstick or slice of pizza, cut them off some or let them eat first (for more information visit: https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/dental-services/pedodontics-child-care/). Having separate utensils for your children keeps germs down and encourages kids to feed themselves.

Bacteria are transferred, but bad dental habits and poor nutrition can be family learned traits as well. Families that snack on junk food can pass these habits on to kids. Sugar does not directly cause cavities, but it does provide one heck of a food source for the bacteria which do. Consider “fruit sweet” instead of “sugar sweet” when it comes to dessert and encourage your kids to learn great oral hygiene habits early on.

There is one more way in which cavities can be passed down through the family… genetics. There are some genetic predispositions which often skip generations and some which do not. Some genetic predispositions may even hide for generations. Periodontal Disease is one condition that may be genetically influenced (https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/dental-services/periodontics-gum-disease/).

Though it is a lot less common than Periodontal Disease, Amelogenesis Imperfecta is a genetic condition which affects your enamel, either causing problems with hardening or less initial enamel production. In the U.S., roughly 1 out of every 700 people have this condition which can make your teeth sensitive and prone to wear. There are many other genetic conditions which make people more likely to develop cavities. When you know your family dental history, steps can be taken to prevent cavities from occurring.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai (a well-respected Miami dentist who has earned the trust of his patients for their dental care needs). A dental check-up every six months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

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The Benefits of Marijuana for the Mouth

The possibility marijuana possesses to treat many medical ailments has been the focus of many studies over the past few decades. It is the cannabinoids in marijuana that hold the key to treating (and maybe curing) diseases from Alzheimer’s to Cancer to Diabetes. Even certain mental and psychological disorders can be balanced out using marijuana.

People overlook the mouth in many treatment studies and usually limit treatment to pain relief. The possibilities are endless when it comes to treating problems in the mouth. People generally know that marijuana fights nausea, what they may not know is that preveionfnting nausea helps save your teeth.

When a person has acid reflux or is prone to bouts of indigestion, what happens is the acid from the stomach makes its way to the esophagus. From the esophagus, these acids can make their way to the throat and mouth. Even when it is in small amounts, stomach acid is bad news for teeth.

When indigestion and acid reflux get severe enough, it can lead to increased vomiting and food sensitivity. Needless to say, both of these will expose your teeth to large amounts of stomach acid.

Smoking is actually one of the least effective methods of using marijuana. From a medical standpoint, 90% of the medicine in marijuana is “up in smoke.” When using edibles or vaporizers, more of the cannabinoids are taken into the body. Thus, you get more benefit.
For tooth pain, THC topically work wonders. Marijuana is fat-soluble, it enters the membranes and the skin. This versatile little plant can be used as a lotion, balm, ointment, solution, chapstick, put in drinks, or as a poultice (using the leaves). Poultices, solutions, and ointments are the best options for the treatment of many oral conditions.

Proper dental treatment should always be sought, but as a temporary treatment, marijuana and its derivatives can be used to treat the symptoms of toothaches, abscesses, canker sores, and more. In states where medical and/or recreational marijuana laws exist, these topical treatments are readily available.

Many people who use THC products to alleviate pain or for other medical conditions prefer to use topicals because the effects are localized. This means that there isn’t the “high” which is associated with ingesting, smoking, or vaporizing methods.

In its raw form, THC is immune modulating, which helps patients with diabetes (see: https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/dental-services/periodontics-gum-disease/ for more information). Marijuana has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and bone stimulation properties. All of which can help with various tooth maladies.

It is not all good, however. The drying sensation which occurs in your mouth when you smoke, more commonly known as “cotton mouth,” may be linked to gum disease. I do want to state here that smoking anything will affect your mouth. It can cause tinting of the teeth and gum problems. To counteract these, brush frequently, floss, and use mouth rinses. Also, consider alternative methods such as vaporizers and edibles.

If you are going to use any THC product, drink a lot of water, avoid sugar, avoid alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine, and use sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production. As long as you take the necessary steps to avoid cottonmouth, these dangers can be avoided.

Before using any marijuana based products to treat gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai (a well-respected Miami dentist who has earned the trust of his patients for their dental care needs). A dental check-up every six months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health so when that law passes, you’ll have a dentist who knows his stuff.

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How Bacteria Transfers

Back in the 17th century, nothing was known about bacteria or how it was linked to tooth decay. In fact, brushing your teeth was only done on special occasions. The wealthy and elite usually had slightly better hygiene, but only slightly. Many historical accounts tell us that the Royals had browning teeth.

As far as we know, the first time bacteria in the mouth were detected it was by the French scientist Antony van Leeuwenhoek. He examined the film on the teeth of himself and other people in the town and found that they were alive with movement. Thanks to this discovery we now know the role bacteria plays in tooth decay and how bacteria transfers.

When you have small children, it becomes a habit to eat their leftovers or give them a bite off of your plate. This is fine, but since adult bacteria can spread to children easily, avoid sharing the same utensils. Covering your mouth when you cough and sneeze will keep bacteria from transferring to your child’s food and set a good example for them. If you have gingivitis, periodontal disease, or other oral disorders, avoid kissing your kids on the lips and opt for the cheek instead (https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/dental-services/periodontics-gum-disease/).

Children have a lower resistance to bacteria than adults do. They have not had the chance to build up immunities to germs and, therefore, are at particular risk for developing serious oral health issues if they are exposed to the more advanced bacteria which reside in the mouths of people with these conditions.

A healthy mouth contains 500-1,000 different types of bacteria which are beneficial. When these bacteria reproduce and are given a food source, like sugar, they stop keeping the ecological balance and become detrimental. The bacteria don’t just live on your teeth, they live on your tongue and on your gums and on your lips. When you kiss your partner for 10-seconds, 80,000,000 bacteria can be transferred.

I am not suggesting that you stop kissing your significant other, but that you consider this and keep your own oral hygiene above par. Consider not “French kissing” if you have a serious bacterial infection in your mouth and avoid kissing altogether if there is an abscess present.

The bacterial ecology between the mouths of couples is more similar than one person’s tongue is to a stranger’s tongue. This means that over time the degree to which certain bacteria exist in the mouth will be the same for two people in a relationship.
It does not just occur from kissing either. Over time, sharing toothpaste, cups, utensils, etc… will cause several types of bacteria to swap back and forth. Remember, though, these are not so bad in moderation. It is when a particularly harmful strain of bacteria enters the mouth of one partner that the other is put in danger.
Getting a dental check up every three-months is the best way to keep bacteria at bay. When you get your check-ups with the trusted Miami dentist, Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai, (read a review at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/testimonial/leon-weinschneider/) you know that you are getting world-class treatment that stops bacteria from accumulating. This not only keeps you safe, it keeps your family safe as well. After all, having gingivitis is tough, but it does not need to be given to those you love.

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Tooth Regeneration

Science is truly amazing. In the last century we have begun to explore space, traveled to parts of the ocean few ever thought possible, we have cured diseases, transplanted hearts, given hearing back to the deaf, learned how to correct eyesight, and the list just keeps growing. Now, the possibility of regrowing teeth is intriguing dentists, biologists, biotechnologists, and everyone who follows the world of scientific advancement.

Unlike sharks, we only get one set of teeth, so for those with severe tooth loss the options have been limited. There are always dentures. Originally bulky ill-fitting creations, they are now a viable option for millions of people.

The problem with dentures is that some foods like corn on the cob, whole apples, and nuts remain problematic. Even properly fitting dentures can let food particles in. This brings in bacteria and can irritate the gum line. With proper care and wear, dentures are still better than the alternative.

For decades, the focus has been on preventive care, brushing, flossing, dental visits and the like. Dental implants actually date back to the Mayan civilization in roughly 600 C.E. An ancient mandible bone shows sea shells which were shaped to look like teeth. Obviously, we no longer use shells to replace teeth, but this does not mean they have to be our only option.

Laser technology, used by a team of researchers at Harvard University, stimulated the stems cells which exist in our mouths. One type of stem-cell exists throughout the human body. The replicative tissue has the potential to regrow other organs as well.

Stem cells are basically blank cells. When we are forming in the womb, our whole composition is stem-cells. As we grow, the stem cells group together and form specific body parts. Some cells are left over and remain blank.
In adults, these stem cells are somewhat restricted. Brain stem cells must become part of the brain and in the mouth they must stay part of the mouth. When these cells are activated they replicate and form the body component they were meant to be.

When low-powered lasers were used on the teeth of rats and human dental tissue, regrowth occurred. This is a non-invasive technique, so if the specifics can be figured out it will revolutionize the dental field and give more options to those who cannot receive traditional transplants.

It was in the 1960’s that doctors first seemed to notice that laser could encourage the growth of cells, but until recently it had never been observed and documented. Drills won’t be completely out of the picture just yet, though, the first step in the process is to drill holes in the tooth to expose the interior.

The dentin is bombarded with a laser and the stem cells activate. The process continues over the next several weeks, but when all is said and done, researchers could prove that molecules were reappearing. It is similar to using grow lights to encourage winter plant growth. The cell is dormant until it is activated.

The problem scientists are facing now is how to get the teeth to form properly. In the rats the area was small, in human teeth the process is expected to go more smoothly. But, the specifics of how much stimulation to give each area is still being determined.

The research stage is still in its infancy and no testing on humans has yet been conducted. If the mechanic’s can be figured out, though, it means that other organs and tissues can potentially be repaired. Imagine an hour long session which restores your teeth and brings back their brightness.

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The Best Drinks For a Healthy Mouth

A big factor toward keeping teeth healthy is maintaining a proper diet. But, this diet should not stop at the food you eat, it should spread to your drinks as well. Changes to the pH balance of your mouth start the moment food or drinks pass your lips.

Sugary foods get turned into acids by bacteria and these acids eat away at your teeth. Your enamel goes first. Once it is gone, the dentin is exposed and the decay process will continue unless it is treated.

The liquids you drink do not need to be boring. It is common sense that sugary drinks, such as soda, artificially sweetened fruit drinks, and teas with large amounts of sugars are bad news for teeth. We now have more beverage choices than ever before, and that can make it easy to give in to the call of sugar. Fighting these urges provides its own reward by keeping your body running smoothly.

Water is by far the best liquid for your mouth health. It contains no sugar, no calories and every part of your body craves it. Water is easily accessible and on a hot day there is nothing more soothing than a nice glass of ice water. Unfortunately, people do not drink as much water as they really should.

Water encourages saliva production and saliva washes away bacteria, this keeps those bacteria at bay. Water also helps digestion which keeps stomach acid at bay. Most tap water contains fluoride, this means it is a good choice if your water isn’t filled with other chemicals. Look carefully at flavored waters, though they are water some have large amounts of sugar as an added ingredient.

Milk is another excellent choice to keep your teeth healthy. Milk contains calcium, vitamin D, and protein. For the lactose intolerant, lactose-free milk options are available which provide all of the nutrition of milk. If one of the substitutes doesn’t blend with your palette, try another one. With all the varieties now available there is sure to be an option that is appealing.

Despite what you have been led to believe, “fruit juice” may contain very little juice. The varieties which are actually 100% juice can be great for your teeth. Juices that have a lot of acid in them, orange juice, etc… are not as good for your teeth as the non-acidic types, like pear and apple. If you are in doubt, shop at an organic food seller to find the best all-natural juice choices.

As a general rule, clear teas are better for oral health than dark teas. The darker ones can stain teeth, but any tea with added sugar will wreak havoc. Always remember to read the labels or go with a brand you know when buying tea. Clear teas act in a similar manner as water. They give your mouth a much-needed rinse between meals.

Proper dental care starts with putting good quality foods into your body, drinks should be no different. If caffeine and sugar cannot be avoided, try replacing your sugar with an all-natural substitute, like agave or stevia and brush between drinks.

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How Diabetes Affects Oral Health

Diabetes causes a whole host of conditions within the human body. There are roughly 30 million Americans who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Right now you may be asking yourself what diabetes has to do with oral health. But recent research has shown that those who have diabetes have a high rate of gum disease.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection. The infection impacts the bones and gums that hold the teeth in place. If left untreated, gum disease almost always leads to tooth loss. There can also be dry mouth, trouble chewing and abscesses associated with it.

Keeping your blood glucose levels under control are vital to keeping oral problems at bay. Those who do not maintain their diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease than those who have it well-maintained. People with diabetes are more susceptible to bacterial infections. Their bodies have a lower resistance to the bacteria. The bacteria take the opportunity to overtake the mouth.

New research suggests that it is not just diabetes which causes oral health issues. Serious gum disease, that which has not been treated, may affect the blood glucose levels of a person. When these levels stay out of whack, there is a higher chance that a person will develop diabetes.

It is very much a two-way street. If you develop periodontal disease you will have an increased chance of getting diabetes. If you have diabetes, you will be more susceptible to periodontal disease. The good news is that both of these are treatable. Just as with other infections, diabetes becomes harder to control and manage.

The most important step to making sure you do not develop periodontal disease is to manage your diabetes. Follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. You must also make it a point to get regular dental check-ups. This is something recommended to all of my patients, but it is especially important for those who have diabetes as well.

To limit the amount of bacteria which build up in your mouth, be sure to remove any dentures or partials and clean them. This should be done every night. It is tempting to use a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean them, but this can actually make your dentures worse. It creates little pockets that bacteria can hide in. Always use the recommended method (tablets, etc….) for caring for those devices.

It just so happens that many of the foods which are recommended to diabetic patients are also teeth healthy. Anytime you eliminate sugars, you are taking the food source away from the bacteria which dwell in your mouth. Not only are you restricting bacteria, but healthy foods contain vitamins that promote tooth health.

Always brush your teeth. When you are diabetic and have a low germ tolerance, brushing after every meal will keep bacteria at bay. Remember there are beneficial bacteria, but when their numbers grow, havoc is unleashed on the mouth.

Diabetes and periodontal disease do not have to be mutually exclusive. If you take care of yourself, your teeth can last in spite of having diabetes.

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Fun and Healthy Snacks for Kids (Easy for on the go)

If you are a family on-the-go, It can be hard to find snacks that will satisfy picky eaters without destroying their teeth. These five snacks are sure to make everyone happy and, they happy to be nice for the wallet too.

Dinosaur Chips- Every time dinosaurs are brought into pop culture they engage the imagination of children everywhere. The great thing about this recipe is that you can make the shape into whatever your child loves… horses, butterflies, kitties, and more. All you need is tortillas, cookie cutter is the fun shape you want, salt (optional), a cookie sheet, and vegetable oil.

First, pre-heat your oven to 400. Take out the tortillas and brush both sides with vegetable oil. Then, using the cookie cutters, cut the shapes out of the tortillas. Place the tortillas on a baking sheet and let them cook for 10-12 minutes, until they reach a golden brown. Once they cool, bag the chips and you have a fun time snack for the road.

Trail Mix- The wonderful thing about trail mix is that you can put anything you want into it. The version below is low in sugar and high in vitamins that are teeth friendly. Some of the items can be substituted according to your child’s tastes.

Mix together ½ cup of each of the following: unshelled sunflower seeds, unsweetened dried-raisins, unsweetened dried cranberries, dried banana chips, peanuts, cashews, and Macadamia nuts. Divide among several bags and store the others for later use.

Veggies- Though celery sticks and carrot sticks are the default veggies used, do not be so limiting. A tub full of broccoli, celery, peppers, and carrots with a little container of ranch will keep little mouths busy, for a while at least.

You can use any vegetables you want for this, just keep in mind that some foods are messier than others. For each child, you will want to cut up two carrots, one head of broccoli, two sweet peppers,and two celery plants. It only keeps for a few days once cut so avoid making a weeks worth all at once. Still, if you keep one of these pre-made tubs in your fridge, you have a prepared snack for those last minute road trips.

String Cheese- So this is something most of us can’t make ourselves, but the cheese is loaded with calcium, which is great for teeth. Look for a brand that lists milk as the first ingredient. To use, all you do is open, hand it to your little one and watch the fun begin.

Buttery Onion Pretzels- The windy breaded snack is fun on its own, but when you add tasty flavoring pretzels get kicked up a notch. This snack is easy to make and can be made in advance. You will need: 1 ¼ cups margarine or butter, 1 package of dry onion soup mix, and about 16 oz of crunchy pretzels. Break the pretzels into pieces.

Start by melting the butter in a skillet on medium heat. Once it is melted, stir in the soup mix. Add the pretzel pieces. Toss the pieces so they get coated with the butter-soup mixture. Bake in the oven for 90 minutes at 250 degrees. Be sure to stir every 15 minutes. Once they cool, put them in containers for easy travel.

These snacks will keep kids happy, mom and dad happy, and make your wallet happy. They will also keep your dentist happy when your child has less cavities at their check-up.

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5 Ways to Eliminate Sugar and Save Your Teeth

Of all of the things that can damage your teeth; smoking, chewing gum, playing ice hockey, etc… none is as common in our society as sugar. Americans especially, have an uncontrollable craving for sugar. This can be seen when you look at products like BBQ sauce, tortillas, fruit snacks, some toothpastes (yikes!) and a plethora of other foods which have no real need for sugar.

The problem with sugar is that it provides a food source for bacteria, which later develop into plaque. Sugar gives these pests the energy they need to multiply and for some it gets made into a glue which binds them to the tooth. The faster the bacteria grow, the more quickly plaque builds up. The more quickly that plaque builds up, the more quickly that teeth will begin to decay.

Luckily, there are some ways to eliminate sugar from your diet without going through all of those nasty withdrawals. Don’t be mistaken, it might take some adjusting in order for you to mentally and physically be able to cope, but in time your body will be grateful.

The first step is to drink more water. The blood vessels have receptors, called baroreceptors, which are responsible for detecting low amounts of water in the blood. These receptors then send a signal to the brain, which then let’s you know you are thirsty. In over 67% of the population this detection mechanism’s is flawed and will not differentiate thirst from hunger, thus you may think you are hungry when really you just need more water. If you insist on sweetening it, use a few slices of an orange, lemon, or strawberries.

Choose the whole version of your food. Instead of getting pre-made pieces of chicken, buy a whole one and carve it yourself. With fruit, go fresh out of the peel instead of dried or canned versions of food. It should be emphasized that anything which is preserved or canned has extra sugar. Read the ingredient list carefully. If it has glucose, sucrose, fructose, cane or granulated, that is sugar.

If you are worried about having sugar cravings, do a complete detox before hand. It works as sort of a “reset” for your body. It doesn’t fix everything, but if your goal is to minimize your sugar craving (or even quit smoking), a detox can help you on your way.

Remove all the temptation from your house (car, desk, locker, etc…). If there are no sugary snacks in your house, you would have to get up, put on shoes, find your keys, and go to the store to satisfy a late night craving. That is definitely a deterrent for most people out there.

The final piece of advice for you, is to keep yourself busy. If you have something crunchy, like celery sticks, carrot sticks, or unsalted peanuts to snack on, it gives you a distraction with the chewing motion.

It is up to you if you want to remove all sugar from your diet or just the majority. Either way, remember that thorough and daily dental care and regular dental visits are important, all the healthy food in the world means little if you don’t brush and floss as well.

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How Smoking Impacts Teeth

Lately commercials have been highlighting the dangers of smoking. Occasionally there will be one which highlights the dangers of smoking on the health of the mouth. The dangers go beyond the surface. While I am comfortable with people walking their own paths, as I dentist I am vehemently against smoking. I know the havoc which can be inflicted on the mouth because I have seen it first hand. Hopefully, after knowing what can happen, people will be more informed and able to make an educated decision.

Leukoplakia isn’t heavily televised and most people have no idea what it is. But when it develops it is definitely a cause for concern. Smoking causes irritation to the mucous membranes around the mouth and tongue. The symptoms can range from mild to severe on a case-by-case basis. When this irritation is chronic, as is often the case with smokers, white and/or grayish patches can develop around in the mouth. Most frequently Leukoplakia is seen in senior citizens, but it can happen at anytime during the life of a person. Leukoplakia does have other causes, such as irritation from rough teeth or ill-fitting dentures and sun exposure but, smoking is towards the top of the list.

The risk of developing oral cancer increases tremendously when a person is a smoker. Oral cancer can affect the tongue, lips, gums, and throat, often spreading to incorporate more than one area. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation approximately 45,750 Americans are diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer annually. Of those who are newly diagnosed, only about 57% will be alive in 5 years. On a worldwide scale, 450,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year.

Smoking is notorious for staining teeth. Those pearly whites will go to dark and dingy more and more as smoking continues. This not only affects the appearance of a person, but the stains get into the enamel and weaken it. Enamel is a very strong substance, but once erosion begins it is a hard process to stop. Once the enamel is gone, the rest of the tooth becomes vulnerable and open to decay. For this reason, smokers are as likely to develop cavities as people who do not brush. You can find out more information about whitening treatments at

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease is one of the largest reasons for tooth loss.Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for developing gum disease. Smoking encourages plaque to build up, This plaque build-up leads to gingivitis. When gingivitis does not get sufficient treatment in a timely manner, it advances to gum disease. When periodontal disease sets in, the gums begin to separate from the teeth, making them more vulnerable to infections and more likely to loosen or fall out.

Not only does smoking increase your chances of developing periodontal disease, it also hinders the effectiveness of treatments. Sometimes this can result in dry socket after having a tooth removed. The reasons available to motivate them to not smoke are numerous and apparent. The thing about our teeth is that once they are broken, cracked, chipped, or gone, it is forever. It is never too early to get a checked-up if you are concerned about your oral health.

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The Evolution of Teeth

Most of the information which has been collected on the evolution of our species has been achieved through fossil records. The femur fossils found give us a rough estimation of size of our early ancestors and the cranium tell us brain size and possible capacity. The teeth can provide us with an age, diet, and disclose many other interesting facets to the early life of hominids.
We can see from the shape of our teeth today that we come from a long line of omnivores (those who eat both vegetables and meat). This is made even more prevalent by our forward facing eyes and our development of bipedal motion.

If you go back in time to about 100 million years ago, all of our ancestor’s teeth, including their wisdom teeth, fit comfortably in the jaw structure. This was important to early man because their teeth were the key to catching and dismembering prey. These extra teeth could have been used as replacements if some of the back molars were damaged.

Remember, at this time the hominid diet was anything that may have been edible. Berries, leaves, raw meat, and roots were all fair game. As early man went on to develop larger brains, which led us to learn how to cook food, the harder foods were softened by the cooking process. More nutrients were then absorbed through food, allowing our brains to grow yet again. This means that less tooth enamel was worn down and we reach a point where wisdom teeth are no longer required, yet they remain sometimes becoming impacted in the process.

There is also a point in our history where our jaws got shorter, this pushed the wisdom teeth into the jaw. Keep in mind that this was a slow transition which took place over millions of years. In 2004, a research team from the University of Pennsylvania theorized that a mutation led hominids to have shorter jaws which allowed for the brain to grow. Their theory is intriguing but could not be conclusively proven.

We are now at a point in our history where changes and technological advancements are moving faster than the process of evolution is ready to move. All of the processed “food-like products” which are consumed on a daily basis have no natural barrier to keep them from doing damage to us on a mental, physical, and spiritual level.

It is perhaps for this reason that it is now more important than ever to take proper care of our teeth. We are also lucky enough to live in a time when we CAN take care of our teeth. 1,000, 500, 100, and even 50 years ago, dentistry was a dim light of what the field has become today. Rudimentary methods and philosophies were so prevalent that the dentists of this bygone era did not even know what they did not know. For more information on modern dental treatments visit:

Unless humanity eventually evolves to develop tartar resistant teeth, multiple sets of teeth, or enamel that is damage proof, preventative care is the best option. Regular visits to the dentist, brushing and flossing three times per day, and choosing teeth healthy snacks is the best way to make sure your smile doesn’t look like something out of the dark ages. To get answers to more dental questions visit:

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