“I came in to make an appointment with the dentist.” the man said to the dental receptionist. “I’m sorry sir.” she replied. “He’s out right now, but…” “Thank you.” interrupted the obviously nervous prospective patient. “Can you tell me when will he be out again?”Today, we are going to look at teeth, in particular, wisdom teeth. Have you ever wondered why so many people have aches and pains from their third molars (the final set of teeth to come in). Well, there is an interesting new study by dental researchers. They x-rayed the jaws of a dozen people who lived in the 1600’s and compared them to our jaws today. What they discovered was how much larger mouths were back then. And because they were of greater size, there was more room for their wisdom teeth to come in and thus not the present (aches, pains, extractions) currently associated with our third molars. Why the size difference? Researchers say it has to do with diet. Because our modern food has gotten softer, we do not have to exercise the jaw muscles like our forefathers did. (And if you do not exercise muscles, they get smaller, not larger.) So today, wisdom teeth have to fight the other teeth for space in smaller jaws.
The bottom line? Just another example that we as sinners are not evolving, we are de-evolving.
Note – Why are third molars called wisdom teeth? It is because of when they come in – the later teens or early twenties. It is believed by that age, young people have wised up and now realize they don’t know everything.
SPEAKING OF TEETH
In the Canticle, Solomon is so taken up with the smile of Shulamith that twice he describes her teeth as being picture perfect when it comes to personal hygiene and dental health. We read in Song of Solomon 4:2 and 6:6:
Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.
How is this possible when back then there were no toothpastes, toothbrushes, mouthwashes, dentists, hygienists, whiteners, etc.? Perhaps its because this country girl, surrounded by wholesome foods, ate her way to a million-dollar smile. Note Eating Well magazines article – Eat Your Way To A Brighter Smile.
Apples – Just chewing one helps to scrub your teeth. And apples contain a chemical used in toothpastes.
Pineapples – Pineapples are the only food with naturally occurring bromelain, now found in modern whiteners.
Broccoli – Broccoli combined with saliva makes an iron-rich enamel protector from bacterial acid in the mouth.
Raisins – Chewing this sweet fruit is not bad, but good for your teeth. It neutralizes the acidity of other foods.
Cheese – It not only makes teeth stronger, but produces a protective covering for gums to stop plaque forming.
Strawberries – Strawberries contain ellagitannins, a natural chemical that fights stain-attracting bacteria.
So to, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” we can also add, “An apple a day keeps the dentist away,” too.