Thanksgiving already?! It is the time of the year when families gather to share unnecessarily large meals and to be thankful for our blessings.
With the advancement of technology and industrial economy, it is pretty difficult to see farmers in big cities but still, we celebrate thanksgiving because we all have a lot to be thankful for. We, at Felt Family Dentistry, are very thankful for the advancement of technology that has helped make dental practice safer and more efficient.
This may be difficult to believe but did you know that Mayans, the civilization that was made famous by predicting the end of the world, were pioneers of “blinging” up their teeth by adding decorative jewels in it? Yes, they would bore a hole in their teeth where they would then insert colorful jewels. Thousands of years alter this form of artistry is present in mainstream media with celebrities and musicians. Luckily, thanks to technological advancements, those that can afford such lavish embellishments won’t need to bore holes in their teeth. They just need to go to their trusted dentists and have some bejeweled teeth made that they can wear like an accessory.
Another thing that we should be thankful for is that we have certified and licensed dentists. Did you know that back then before dentistry became a profession, around the 1800s, it was the blacksmith and barbers that acted as the dentist? They were the only ones with the “proper” tools, or tools at all. Pretty scary, right?
A toothbrush and toothpaste is something that we take for granted these days. However, if you knew what our ancestors had to do just to maintain healthy teeth you would really think twice. Back then twigs and branches of trees acted as a toothbrush. The Chinese invented the first toothbrush by using a bamboo stick as the handle and a boar’s bristles as the bristle. As for the toothpaste ancestors used ash burnt eggshells and other thing you would really prefer not to put in your mouth. So be thankful for that toothbrush and toothpaste that you can now easily buy from any convenience stores.
After knowing all these, you really ought to take care of your pearly whites. Brush your teeth three times a day, and don’t forget to rinse. And of course, don’t forget to floss.
So, what are you thankful for this year?