What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received or bought for someone? I bet it couldn’t be as weird as a gift that I am going to tell you about in this article. Buying a gift for people on their birthday or on any other occasion as an adult has always been troublesome and at times even stressful for many of us. No matter how many hours we spend browsing through the internet or even browsing through stores, we always keep doubting whether the gift we bought for our loved ones was the right choice after all. After gathering all our guts, we finally end up gifting them the item, hoping that at the end of the day they don’t find the gift we got them weird.
But what is defined as weird? A perfume? A toothpaste? A Class? What is the weirdest gift that you have ever heard of? I’m sure, it couldn't be as weird as gifting someone a complete teeth removal opportunity. YES, you read this right TEETH REMOVAL !!!!!! Something we all hate, today and are traumatized by the thought of.
Scientific knowledge and technology have not always been around the corner. Decades ago, people did not have access to dental services as well as people have access to them today. Let’s hop back a few more decades ago and talk about dental hygiene centuries ago to understand this better.
Centuries ago, we were almost one with nature. We ate healthy fruits, herbs, meat, nuts, and so on. Which was, all in all, good for our health and our teeth. However, the moment we discovered honey, more so, sugar, everything turned upside down. Not just our health, but our teeth started deteriorating at a faster rate. Now, to you, it may not seem like a problem now, but back in the day, people did not even use toothbrushes or toothpaste to clean their teeth every day. As a result of which, the rate at which people’s teeth started decaying or rotting became faster. Yet, only the privileged could afford dental services regularly to ensure oral hygiene.
So what did the unprivileged do? Unlike today, when people can start protesting to make dental services more affordable, people back then didn’t choose the option to undertake this struggle. They decided to remove ALL THEIR TEETH. Instead of going through not just the expenses of dental care but also the pain of decaying teeth and, they decided to just remove it all.
Hence, the most common and fashionable gift a few decades ago was to give someone an opportunity to get their entire teeth removed. However, the removal of teeth was usually done for women. This would save them the suffering from the pain and the burden of the expenses. And more importantly, ensured all women had a beautiful smile (even if it were fake teeth). Their teeth would be replaced by fake ones. And as much as we hate the thought of this as a gift, people really appreciated teeth removal as a gift.
There you have it, this is how the practice of gifting someone the opportunity to remove their teeth for their birthday or as a wedding gift came around. Learn more about the context of why people needed to adopt such a practice, here.