Although science uncovers new information about human evolution on a regular basis, the how and the why appertaining to what gave our bodies their current appearance and features remains something of a mystery. Take our teeth for example; since we do not get our meat by catching live animals with our mouths, we do not need the dagger like teeth of a true carnivore – neither do we stand in a field all-day munching grass. To suit our habits of eating food that has been softened by cooking and cut into smaller pieces before eating, we evolved with a set of teeth that can cut small bites and then chew them down to swallowable size.
We Only Get Three Bites At The Cherry
Humans are born without teeth and this makes evolutionary sense because our first food source is our mother’s milk and teeth could bite off the source. Over our first year a set of baby teeth grow in place in our mouths. Under these are the seeds of our adult teeth which slowly grow and push out the baby teeth to become our source of biting and chewing for the rest of our lives. Evolution did keep something in reserve should we lose any adult teeth but, only in the form of our four extra molars, known as wisdom teeth, which normally grow when we are between 17 and 25 years of age. In these days of dental hygiene, we usually do not have sufficient free space in our mouths to accommodate any additional teeth at such a, relatively, young age.
Take Good Care Of What You Have
Those initial baby teeth effectively set the pattern for our adult teeth and, if baby teeth are neglected and become decayed or are accidentally knocked out, it is very likely to have a detrimental effect on our adult teeth. It should be every parent’s aim to take their children to a children’s dentist in North Royalton, OH at an early age – ideally around their first birthday (depending upon their teeth development). You should make sure that the children’s dentist in North Royalton, OH that you select for your kids has a fully trained pediatric dentist on their staff.
Dr. Arlene J. Coloma DDS .MS. is a qualified pediatric dentist. Visit All 4 Children Dentistry clinic for a children’s dentist in North Royalton, OH.
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