To quote Wikipedia, in mammalian oral anatomy, the canine teeth, also called fangs… those relatively long pointed teeth… are developed and are used primarily for firmly holding food in order to tear it apart…”
To cut the story short, they are necessary for the survival of the carnivores, better known as “meat-eater”. We human, by being omnivores are unavoidably also carnivores, but… lo and behold, unless we have warewolfish or draculian blood cursing in our veins, we do NOT have fangs, those long pointed teeth. There is a reason for that, and Linus Pauling, the twice Nobel Prize winner, found what it was.
For millions of years, man was happy, as were his devoted wives and children, to keep themselves alive by masticating fruit, seeds, and whatever he or she could extract as free gift from the soil, which did not require teeth other than (8) incisors and (12) molars. For millions of years we have cut our food with those sharp frontal teeth, then ground them with the molars to initiate the digestive process that kept us alive, yes, for millions of years.
We had no need for fangs. There are herbivores and carnivores populating this ball of dust, and we, mammalians, evolved on the herbal side. Perhaps we had no desire to tear fresh meat apart from the bone.
And then man got greedy.
We wanted to get fat, then obese to impress our neighbour. We wanted to show off our rotund stomach to show, publicly, how well-off we were. Until that moment in history, we put our teeth to good use. In addition to chewing on whatever could be handled by our fangless dentures, we used them for love bites, sucking on (primitive) lollipops, or just using them to display wide, probably brown, smiles.
As a side issue, by replacing micronutrients, which are only found in abundance in vegetables and fruit, with fats from meat products, we lost the only food that is imperative for developing and sustaining our immune system. Hence, cancer, arthritis, rheumatism and other autoimmune diseases slowly but truly came into their own. And our immunological system, which nature developed for us over millions of years, fell into disrepute.
And the funniest thing of all is that we only have our voracious, insatiable, unquenchable, unappeasable, prodigious, uncontrollable, compulsive, gluttonous, rapacious greed for food to blame. Well, that, and perhaps just a mental aberration?
Heroes in my books do not bite each other, nor do they tear other people/animals apart with their fangs. I leave that to aficionados of vampire books, who dedicate their talents to more carnivorous minds. More about Linus Pauling and other wise men in my book below.
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