The Root of Misaligned Jaws

The sudden rise in prevalence of crooked teeth is likely related to industrialized diets and environments, rather than genetics.

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March-April 2019

Volume 107, Number 2
Page 112

DOI: 10.1511/2019.107.2.112

This is a story about a vast and serious epidemic afflicting the developed world increasingly over the past few centuries, one that has gone virtually unrecognized. The epidemic’s roots lie in cultural shifts in important daily actions we seldom think about; we just do them automatically. We don’t think about chewing, breathing, growing, or sleeping, or the position of our jaws when we’re not eating or talking.

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