I remember when I was a little girl and my permanent front teeth came in. I had a ridge on the backs of my six front upper teeth. I thought that was the thing about permanent teeth, that there were ridges on the backs of every one's upper front teeth just to make a really secure bite. But did you know that not everyone has a ridge? They are called shovel teeth and they are a racial feature of Native American People. The backs of Bob's front teeth are smooth thanks to his Scottish Ancestry. How can he really hold on to anything when he bites down? All of our children have the ridge. Shovel teeth must be a dominant trait. I am only 1/32nd Cherokee. My children are 1/64th and still carry this trait.
The result of shovel teeth is that the root base is about twice as thick as regular European or African people's teeth. Maybe this is a good trait for primitive people to have in case we need to chew on some leather to make our moccasins soft.
Another trait of Native American teeth is an extra root in the molars. I have heard dentist complain about how Cherokee's roots are wrapped around the jaw bone and harder to extract. Another trait which makes chewing the leather for our moccasins easier?
Many people have unconfirmed rumors of Native American Ancestors in their blood line. If you have that ridge on the backs of your front teeth you might really want to investigate that possibility. The only other group of people who have shovel teeth in the world are small pockets of Asians.
Another good quality about being a white Cherokee is that I can get a really good tan. Thank you Martha Jane Savage.
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