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Wisdom Teeth Research Paper

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Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars; they are large, extraneous, impacted teeth that sometimes have to come out. Around the tenth birthday the last set of molars begin forming. These teeth are the last set of teeth to come in and do not erupt until the ages of 17 and 25. Although, some individuals have them appear many years later. The nickname “wisdom teeth,” comes from the belief that people are wiser around these ages.

It is believed by anthropologists that wisdom teeth were the evolutionary answer to our ancestor’s early diet. Our ancestor’s followed a diet of coarse, rough food that required greater chewing power. Eating leaves, raw meats, nuts, and roots resulted in excessive wear of the teeth. They needed a broader jaw, an extra
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