When you see your face in the mirror, you’re looking at four million years of dental evolution. A recent study by Arizona State University shows how changes in the jaw, teeth, and face are basically responses to dietary and feeding trends.
The earliest humans ate tough plants that called for large jaw muscles and cheek teeth. As a result, their faces were broad and deep.
Later, as we began cutting and breaking down our food, our mouths didn’t have to work so hard. Our large, sharp canine teeth and large brow ridges disappeared as our faces flattened and became more delicate.
While we might not require the chewing power we once did, it’s still important to have strong teeth and a toned jaw. A dental plan available through your association and AMBA can mean significant savings on everything from routine exams to costly procedures. It’s a great way to maintain the health of your teeth, gums and overall health.
After all, when it comes to your face, a smile is the highest form of evolution.