Crooked Teeth, Breathing, and a Hidden Epidemic of the Human Jaw with Dr. Paul Ehrlich and Dr. Sandra Kahn

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Dr. Paul Ehrlich is a Bing Professor of Population Studies, President of Conservation Biology at Stanford University, Adjunct Professor of the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and author and coauthor of more than 1,100 scientific papers and articles in the popular press as well as over 40 books. In addition, he is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the United States National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is well known for his work on the consequences of population growth.

Dr. Sandra Kahn, has 25 years of clinical experience in orthodontics and is part of craniofacial anomalies teams at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University. She is an international lecturer, has published two books, Let’s Face It and GOPex — Good Oral Posture Exercises!, and has translated Dr. John Mew’s The Cause and Cure of Malocclusion into Spanish. She is currently the only Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics that practices exclusively Biobloc Orthotropics.

In this episode, authors of Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic, Dr. Sandra Khan and Dr. Paul Ehrlich discuss the evolution of the human jaw throughout time and how today, humans face a pressing epidemic of shrinking jaws. They state that the decreasing size of the human jaw has created more breathing and allergy problems and suggest that parents should address the problem by monitoring their children’s jaw growth. In order for people to become more aware of their dental health, Dr. Kahn and Dr. Ehrlich urge people to ask their orthodontists questions on why teeth must be removed, whether for health or cosmetic reasons.

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Key Takeaways

  • How the book Jaws developed over dinner
  • Importance of wisdom teeth removal
  • Dr. Paul Ehrlich’s research for the book
  • The changing diet and industrialization of food
  • The history of chewing soft foods and today’s epidemic
  • Lack of room for teeth in one’s mouth leads to sleep deprivation
  • Why no one has spoken up about the epidemic of the human jaw
  • The shrinkage of the human jaw and allergies
  • Properly developing the jaw for kids
  • The dangers on society of not addressing the epidemic
  • Only a several decades left to fix the pressing problems impacting humanity
  • The best way to fix the problem is to prevent it
  • Is there still hope for teens and adults to rectify teeth problems
  • What is the best mouth posture
  • Did hunter and gatherers ever snore?
  • Warning signs of jaw problems for parents to look out for in their kids
  • Chewing gum strengthens jaws and jawlines
  • Optimistic or pessimistic for the future of humanity

Tweetable Quotes

We are feeding our students a more and more liquid diet.

What’s the epidemic? Everybody’s wearing braces, everybody’s teeth are crowded, jaws are too small house the teeth, and also people are starting to have issues with their sleep.

If you don’t have room for the teeth in your mouth, then you don’t have room for the entire tongue. If you lie back at night it starts you snoring or if it goes too far back it gives you what’s called sleep apnea.

If the tongue has to partially live inside the throat, then you’re going to be breathing through a narrow area, so the airway would be narrow.

Kids for at least 8 hours a day should have their mouths closed, their teeth in light contact, and their tongue pressed against the roof of their mouths. And that would lead to the proper development of that part of the face.

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