Throughout the fossil record there is almost no evidence of any civilization that had crooked teeth or impacted wisdom teeth. yet today these problems are very widespread in modern societies so what has changed?


Back in the 1920's and 1930's a great dental researcher named Weston Price set out to find the answer. He studied the dental health and diets of aboriginal groups in Australia, Polynesia, South Africa, and the Canadian Arctic.He also studied healthy rural groups in Switzerland, Scandinavia, and America. Weston found that with all these groups they had good dental health with large arches and no crowding or impactions. He suspected that their diet was the basis for their good dental health and he studied their diets extensively. He found that all the diets were rich in very basic unprocessed foods with a lot of the foods high in fats and low in refined carbohydrates. However, Dr.Price was never able to identify what important nutrient was present in these older diets that was missing in the modern American diet, which caused the lack of growth in the dental arches of children. Sadly Dr. Price died in 1948 and his good work was almost forgotten for nearly half of a century.

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It was not until the 1990's after some good research with vitamin K2 was done that Dr. Price's work was rediscovered. Dr. Price had thought that the high fats in the ancestral diets were the key to proper skeletal growth. He knew about the fat soluble vitamins A & D but supplementation with calcium and the two vitamins A & D did not produce great results. It is only recently that we discovered that vitamin K2 must also be present before vitamins A & D and calcium can produce strong well developed skeletons. Vitamin K2 is essential in transporting calcium to the osteoblasts that add calcium to the bone.


New call-to-actionWhat this research suggests, is that in order to have the proper growth and development necessary to prevent crooked teeth and impacted third molars, that children are in need of a diet that provides adequate amounts of A, D, and K2. This requires a diet with animal fats preferably from grass fed animals because viatminK2 is derived form chlorophyll.

Fats, especially animal fats, were demonized by the Heart Association in the 1970's and society moved away from our ancestral diets and moved to a diet rich in refined carbohydrates. This has led to a drastic increase in type 2 diabetes, obesity, sleep disorders, airway issues, learning and behavioural problems, and skeletal growth problems.

If you want to attempt to prevent expensive dental problems like crooked teeth and impacted third molars it could be as simple as returning to a more traditional diet filled with healthy fats more fibre and as little refined carbohydrates as possible. Breast feeding and close attention to allergies and infections is also important. The sucking motion of breastfeeding is an important function which helps develop the muscles of the lower face and tongue. This in turn helps in the proper development of the bones of the lower face. Breast milk has the essential proteins and fat soluble vitamins necessary for proper growth and development of the child provided that the mother has proper nutrition herself.

Another practical aspect to our knowledge of vitamin K2 is that when we see excessive calcified plaque (calculus) we should suspect a shortage of vitamin K2. when there is a deficiency of vitaminK2 calcium is not transported to the osteoblasts which use the calcium to build strong bones. Vitamin K2 is abundant in fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha. It is also found in cod liver oil.