Why do wisdom teeth wait to erupt long after the tooth fairy has stopped leaving change under your pillow?Tooth development, from baby primary teeth to permanent teeth, takes place in an organized fashion, over a course of years, with the first molar erupting around the age of six and the second molar erupting around the age of 12.
Scientific literature has yet to be able to explain why the number of teeth per individual varies, but for those who do get these extraneous, or supernumerary, teeth, it can lead to all sorts of problems.
Because human jaws have become smaller throughout evolutionary history, when wisdom teeth form they often become impacted, or blocked, by the other teeth around them.
As I lay under the dental surgeon’s tools over the holidays, slowly coming out of my anesthesia, I wondered to myself: where did these teeth come from?
Anthropologists believe wisdom teeth, or the third set of molars, were the evolutionary answer to our ancestor’s early diet of coarse, rough food – like leaves, roots, nuts and meats – which required more chewing power and resulted in excessive wear of the teeth.
In doing so, it also analyzes what health measures actually work for people under the confines of our present society and focuses on empowering people to make their own health decisions.
Many hunter-gatherers ate differing amounts of macronutrients, but one thing is for sure: they didn’t eat modern processed foods, sugar, grains, and refined oils. However, their research highlighted key disparities in how people use the app, with men making their selections based on appearances whilst women favoured intelligence, career prospects and stability. A team of psychologists at the University of Aberdeen have found that the popular dating app is bringing out basic mating urges in men and women.“Tinder is seen as a sophisticated but artificial way of meeting prospective partners. The study also found that female Tinder users were less trusting and were more conscious of “catfish” users who might be hiding behind fake profiles.“What we’ve shown though is that the way people search for potential dates is in line with what evolutionary theories on human mating choices would predict.” She explained that the findings might come down to the “Mc Donaldisation” of dating that Tinder perpetuates, given that we expect speedy and satisfying results like we would at a fast food restaurant. The research was compiled through a series of surveys, conducted on male and female Tinder users who the psychologists recruited from Facebook.The modern diet with its softer foods, along with marvels of modern technologies such as forks, spoons and knives, has made the need for wisdom teeth nonexistent.