Baby jaw development is greatly affected by the environment in which it grows. To the surprise of many, it’s not merely genetics that plays a role in this matter. Several other factors can promote a healthy and strong jaw.Learn more about this and the possible jaw problems one may encounter if it fails to develop properly.
What Factors Affect a Baby’s Jaw
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Did you know that our jaws have evolved to
get smaller through the ages? Scientists and
anthropologists have found that our hunter-
gatherer ancestor’s jaws became broader and
shorter as they grew more sedentary. It is
amazing to think that over the time of human
development, we are still changing based
upon our own shifting habits and necessities
The jaw initially needed to be capable of a
forceful bite in order to consume the animals
that were hunted. As diets changed, so did the
shape of the jaw. In fact, there was room for
all of the teeth, including the wisdom teeth, in
the Paleolithic skulls that have been studied.
Today, most adults have had to have their
wisdom teeth removed. Some scientists
blame this on the climate, while others blame
it on the diet. We know enough about how
diet affects our dental health as well as our
overall health, so we cannot discount the role
that diet plays in our lives, especially in early
This blog will hopefully help you to build a
better understanding of baby jaw development
and what can be done to promote a healthy,
strong jaw from in utero to infancy to
adulthood. We can do a lot to help babies
develop healthy jaws with strong teeth.
When someone learns they are going to have
a child, chances are they will be reading a lot
to learn how to parent once the baby is born,
and they will probably be seeing the doctor
regularly to check on important milestones,
including the overall health of the mother.
One thing that probably is off the radar is
baby jaw development prior to birth.
The primary thing the mother should do is
take control of her diet. Eating nutritious
foods that help to build strong bones is
essential to get the correct nutrition to the
baby. Consuming quality proteins and even
quality fats like olive oil is also important.
Some causes of poor jaw development
A Small Mandible
The mandible is the lower jaw. When