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Dental Superstitions

Posted in Dental Care, General Dentistry, Tooth Extraction, and Wisdom Teeth

Not Based on Reason or Knowledge

According to a superstition is “a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like.” Therefore, the very definition of some of these wild tales suggest that those who believe them lack wisdom or common sense. So why are they so common in our society? Everyone loves a good story, it’s entertaining. They get your attention, they are surprising, and immediately make you question if they can be true. They go against what most people see as truth and even what could be possible. Some superstitions are based on coincidence, and others rationally or realistically can’t be proved true or false, which makes them more interesting.

Dental Superstitions

The dental realm isn’t absent of myths and superstitions. There are a few superstitions related to wisdom teeth and what you do with them after they are pulled or removed. Some believe that they are good luck charms and should be saved. Believers of this idea will make their wisdom teeth into jewelry, and ware them on a necklace or chain. Not sure I’d wear that on a first date? Another similar yet contradicting superstition is that burning your pulled teeth brings a person luck or prosperity. It doesn’t specify if wisdom teeth are exempt, but my question is what type of fire do you need, how hot does it need to be to burn teeth?

Luck and Waning Moon Superstitions

Some cultures claim that it’s unlucky to count your teeth. Maybe if you’re a goalie and you find yourself counting them during a hockey game that might make sense. Realistically though your dentist keeps a close eye on exactly how many you have and their condition. Speaking of condition, if you have one in poor condition that can’t be saved, some people believe you will experience less pain and recover much faster if you wait until a waning moon (when the surface that faces Earth is completely covered in shadow) to have it pulled. Personally, I believe the more skilled the dentist, the less pain you will feel. In this regard I recommend Dr. Stephen Mathews of Erbsville Dental. My recent dental work was virtually painless. In all fairness I didn’t check the lunar calendar when I had the appointment!

Superstitions Involving Baby Teeth

Erbsville Dental is among other things, a pediatric dental clinic, which means they see a lot of babies and toddlers. Interestingly, there are many myths and superstitions related to baby teeth. For example, one of the strangest ones I discovered was this… When your baby loses a tooth, you should drop their tooth into a rat hole. The result is the new tooth will be exceptionally beautiful and healthy. I can’t imagine the rationale, strange indeed?

Here’s a few more. Many new parents closely watch their child’s development. Their first teeth are an exciting new step that allows them to try new foods and experiences. Did you know that some hope their teeth come in late? Many believe that late baby tooth eruption means the child will live a longer life on average. Conversely, ancient Romans believed that babies who are born with teeth (Natal Teeth) have luck and fortune on their side. But maybe that was short lived? (LOL) And finally, in more resent history, this same condition (Natal Teeth) to some meant the child would eventually become a vampire. Real original.

Proven Facts About Dental Health

These were just a few of the dental superstitions floating around the world wide web. Interesting, but more because they’re strange or shocking, not because they have any scientific basis or plausibility. This world is full of interesting events, and there are dental anomalies that can baffle and perplex us. But there are also many proven facts about dental health that are not to be dismissed. First, “early prevention and education is critical to maintaining your teeth for a lifetime.” Second, a regular routine of brushing and flossing can preserve your good oral health and influence your overall health and well being. Third, seeing your dentist regularly can help you achieve better oral health. And lastly, Erbsville Dental is Caring, Friendly, Experienced.