ARE WISDOM TEETH A SIGN OF BEING WISE?
Hello all you good people out there! Sorry I missed the last two weeks…I have been visiting my sister and there was a family emergency and on top of it all I couldn’t get into my email! But I believe I’ve got things under control now (ha ha!). Or at least in all my wisdom I hope so!
So what is wisdom? The bible states that the fear of God is the hatred of all evil in Proverbs 8:13a. Also Proverbs 1:7 states that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; wisdom and instruction fools despise. As a matter of fact wisdom is mentioned 55 times in Proverbs alone! So what does this have to do with our teeth? Let’s take a look…
Wisdom teeth erupt from the ages of twenty to thirty. They have in the past been looked at as problem teeth, something left over from the past ape-like creatures we are supposed to have evolved from. “Evolutionists have taught that humans evolved from ape-like ancestors that possessed larger jaws and teeth than us. (They say) in the process of evolution the jaw has become smaller, allowing less room for the third molars (wisdom teeth) and causing numerous dental problems. Our better understanding of the complex teeth-jaw relationship has revealed this explanation is far too simplistic. Research now indicates that the reasons for most third molar problems today are not due toevolutionary changes but other reasons. These reasons include a change from a coarse abrasive diet to a soft western diet, lack of proper dental care, and genetic factors possibly including mutations. Common past dental practice was a tendency to routinely remove wisdom teeth. Recent empirical research has concluded that this practice is unwise.”1
Why is it unwise? Because there is nothing wrong with those teeth. Removal of perfectly healthy teeth can lead to jaw alignment problems, dry socket problems and teeth alignment problems.
Did man always have “problems” with their third molars or their theeth in general? Dr. Jack Cuozzo, author of BuriedAlive the Startling, Untold Story About Neanderthal Man, did intensive studies on the original Neanderthal skulls and teeth. His conclusion was rather startling, and from a biblical point of view, exciting. He discovered our ancient forefathers’ primary (baby) teeth were not lost until they had reached twenty to thirty years of age. In addition a midline closure of the lower jaw of Pech de l’Aze was present in the lower mandible (jaw). Pech’s skull is the youngest Neanderthal skeleton discovered. He is estimated to be 2.5 years old. However in the “center of this little (lower) jaw was an open slot which extended about one-half of the way down from between the two front teeth. This was an open remnant of the original line of fibrocartilage and connective tissue (found in babies).”2 At two and a half years this line in modern children is not present. Many other discoveries allowed Dr. Cuozzo to come to the very reasonable and logical conclusion that our ancient ancestors physically aged differently, slower, than we do today.
I would like to think that the term wisdom teeth, has been passed down from generation to generation all the way from Noah, and even before his time into the Former worldbefore the global flood. Doesn’t it make sense that at age twenty or thirty we are just beginning to attain some wisdom. About the time, if we lived in very ancient times, that we would lose our primary teeth and grow in all our “wisdom” teeth. Whether or not this terminology has actually been passed down from the former world, I am going to believe it has and embrace this particular ancient “wisdom”.
Until next time, God bless and take care!
Cuozzo, Jack. Buried Alive, the Startling, Untold Story About Neanderthal Man. Master Books, Inc. 1998. Pp 204-205.