One of the fundamental steps that we take to keep our pearly whites shining and our breath fresh is the (hopefully) twice daily ritual of brushing our teeth. Whether you’re a first thing in the morning or last thing before you dash out the door to work tooth brusher, (and I hope you are a tooth brusher!), chances are you glob your usual toothpaste on your brush with little or no thought about the sweet, minty paste that we rely on to keep our teeth white and our breath fresh from day to day. How did we arrive at this futuristic goo, anyway? Where did it come from?
Humans have been using some form of toothpaste across history, since 5000 BC, in fact! Across the world, from Ancient China to Ancient Egypt to Ancient Rome, our predecessors mixed a multitude of (to our modern minds) foul concoctions and smeared them on their teeth in the name of early oral hygiene. The earliest dental creams in ancient Egypt included powdered ingredients like egg shells, pumice, and ashes from burned oxen hooves, mouse, wolf, and rabbit heads (yes, you read that correctly). It gets better. The ancient Greeks and Romans included crushed bones, oyster shells, powdered charcoal, and various tree barks. These powders were likely mixed with water at the time of use. In China, less unpleasant ingredients like salt, ginseng, mints and other herbs could be found in these ancient powder mixes.
Added to the powders with ingredients we find horrifying, our ancestors had some pretty wacky breath freshening practices, as well. A commonly accepted belief was that drinking goats’ milk would keep breath smelling sweet. Others washed their teeth with tortoise blood several times per year to fend off toothaches. Another toothache preventive was to pick bones out of wolf poop and wear them as ornaments. Early mouthwash suggestions include pure white wine or old urine! I’ll stick with the Listerine, thanks.
Fast forward to the 1800’s and toothpaste or tooth powder, still popular, changed again. Most of us grew up with “I’ll wash your mouth out with soap!” used as a threatened punishment for saying forbidden words. In the 1800’s, however, most toothpaste/tooth powder had soap in it. Some other recipes included powdered charcoal (hearkening back to ancient Rome) or other abrasive ingredients were also included. Many toothpaste recipes from this time were less concerned with clean teeth and more concerned with fresh breath. Soap remained a common toothpaste ingredient until the 1950’s (yuck!) when other ingredients took its place.
In the 20th century, we see synthetic foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulfate, sweeteners, other synthetic ingredients, and fluoride to prevent cavities being added to toothpaste. Mention flouride today and some people will tell you that it is snake oil, while others maintain that fluoride toothpaste and fluoridated water are major public health advances that promote good oral health for a lifetime, but that is a post for another day. I don’t know about you, but I’m just glad to live in the era of sweetened, fluorinated foamy toothpaste instead of powdered mouse head toothpaste. If you want to know about teeth visit Plantation Dentist’s Office or visit Fort Lauderdale Dentist.
It Is What It Is’ Syndrome
You know what’s interesting? I used to think saying, it is what it is, made sense and that everyone believed as I did. Oddly enough, to some degree, it absolutely hits the mark! It is what it is. Think about it; allow it to sizzle and you’ll find there’s very little room for argument with this statement; life is life and circumstances are what they are.
So what possessed me to embrace this philosophy? Because it completely removes the contexts of right / wrong and good / bad from life. It smooths the waters and implies that all is as it should be. In fact, it makes it incredibly easy to identify what works and what doesn’t work when you’re able to look at things for what they are and eliminate all judgment and blame.
However, there was / is a gap. Even though things are as they should be, that doesn’t mean circumstances can’t be different or improved upon. It takes an ability to accept what’s so along with a strong desire and commitment to expand beyond our perceived limitations, remove all desperation and need and generate our actions from a place of pure inspiration. Unfortunately, this is not a common approach. Many people can wrap their heads around, it is what it is, and then stop there because instead of looking up, they look down… right down the rabbit hole where apathy resides and nothing can possibly make a difference, because… ‘I have no money, my family is fat, cancer runs in my family, both my parents lost their teeth, my dad was a factory worker, women aren’t supposed to… ; so why bother?’ Why bother indeed… here’s what I know about apathy… it’s a killer AND it’s reached epidemic proportions!
It destroys inspiration, motivation, creativity, desire, vision, and passion leading to breakdowns, train wrecks, disasters, dis-eases and dis-orders of body, mind, and spirit as well as the world around us.
Is it possible to break free of apathy’s grip? Of course; however, and that is a big however, it takes a commitment to being committed to doing life differently. It means retraining yourself to think, speak and act in ways you are unaccustomed too. It requires support structures and accountability to powerfully generate yourself in new ways of being. And like any new workout, it takes effort that gets easier with practice.
Are you done suffering from ‘it is what it is’ syndrome or are you committed to suffering? You see the choice is yours. Weight, medical conditions, dental conditions, sleep issues, aging, financial success (or lack there of) are results of living life a certain way AND with structured, intentional love and support, you can recover your energy, stamina, and passion; leading a life that consistently lights you up in ways you’ve always dreamed of! Want to go Plantation Dentist’s Office and Fort Lauderdale Dentist visit http://www.rosenbergsmiles.com