Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and giving thanks. While the tradition of Thanksgiving hasn’t changed much since the days of the Pilgrims, dentistry certainly has!
Native Americans had many more resources than the pilgrims traveling on the Mayflower. Native Americans had a healthier diet due to living off the land and gathering nuts and berries, hunting and planting crops such as corn. The pilgrims however had to have food that would not rot such as dried meats, grains, beans, beer, and lots of hardtack (similar to a biscuit made of only flour, salt and water). This diet made the pilgrims dental health very poor.
Since toothbrushes were not introduced into the US until 1885, they both had to use items of the land to clean their teeth. Both the pilgrims and the Native Americans used things such as animal hair tied to a twig, needles from a pine tree, or animal bones as toothbrushes or floss. The Native Americans did however have an advantage and used fresh herbs like sage or tarragon to make their version of toothpaste.
This Thanksgiving, our office is grateful for all of the advancements in the world of dentistry and oral health care. We’re grateful for toothbrushes in all shapes, sizes and colors. We’re grateful for toothpastes that range from flavors of mint to chocolate. We’re grateful for modern dental technology that lets us provide the best oral healthcare for your teeth and mouth. But most of all this Thanksgiving season, we’re grateful for you and your beautiful SMILE!
We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday filled with lots of love, laughter and SMILES!