Today I visited the dentist. While chatting with my lovely dental hygienist, the subject of wisdom teeth came up. She mentioned that hers never erupted, and that this had saved her a lot of trouble. She jokingly said that she was “more advanced”. What she meant, of course, was that her jaw is too small to accommodate wisdom teeth and that this means she is further along the evolutionary path, that humans have taken, toward smaller jaws.
I’ve always suspected there are racial disparities when it comes to wisdom teeth; that blacks would have less trouble with them, due to their larger jaws, than whites or Asians. In fact, I’ve even asked dentists about this – but have never gotten a straight answer.
In the “Complete Guide for Having Children with Perfect Teeth” (2007), Dr. Francis Glen and Dr. William Glen write (pg. 116):
Less than two percent of American Caucasians have normal shaped and normal spaced wisdom teeth. A significant percentage of African-Americans do have both the jaw room and the proper shape for their third molars. Therefore, almost all white teenagers should have their wisdom teeth removed and about half the African-Americans need them out. Our experience with Oriental-Americans is limited but they seem to have the same problems with space and shape as do Caucasian-Americans.
This is yet another nail in the coffin of the “race is a social construct” myth. Any intelligent person, when confronted with the above fact, would be open to the possibility that there might be other (non-superficial) racial differences that society is loath to talk about. Of course, the ability to accommodate wisdom teeth is not evidence, in and of itself, that blacks have a lower average intelligence than whites and Asians, but coupled with low test scores and high crime rates, it should help point in that direction.
I would have to agree with the hygienist; she is more advanced, and she is beautifully white.