Americans looking for reasons to celebrate, can find excuses nearly every day of the year as the country has plenty of bizarre holidays on the books. While Halloween, Thanksgiving and the Christmas are the most popular celebrations, some of occasions have specifically been created to bring attention to teeth and dentistry. 1-800-DENTIST wanted to share our favorites so individuals can mark their calendars and properly prepare to observe toothaches, the tooth fairy and smiles in an organized manner.
Rumor has it that a throbbing toothache can cause more discomfort than giving birth or passing a kidney stone. Preventative dentistry in order to inhibit the development of tooth decay and gum disease is the best method for avoid falling victim to this type of pain and for the past few years, February 9 has been set aside to bring attention to the issue courtesy of National Toothache Day.
Anyone who has every experienced the throbbing pain caused by a toothache may wonder why there is an official day marking the torment associated with the physical discomfort. While there is no clear record of whom created the holiday, it can be used to teach people about proper oral hygiene and dental care. Some suggestions of the history of the holiday indicate that National Toothache Day was auspiciously created by greeting card companies to coincide with the day the Hershey Corporation was originally founded.
Regardless of the origins of the painful holiday, individuals can use February 9 as a reminder to schedule a dental exam and cleaning. The date can also be used as an annual event were caregivers provide their family with a refresher course surrounding oral hygiene and dental care.
Before Tinkerbell and assorted Disney fairy godmothers conquered the world, the Tooth Fairy was the belle of the ball. It is because of her long history of taking baby teeth that have fallen out and filling the void left behind with cold hard cash that she is still one of the popular mythical creatures on earth.
The tooth fairy was born out a European tradition of burying baby teeth and celebrating the tooth loss with small bits of cash, treats and leaving trails of fairy dust behind. Former Northwestern University Dental School professor Rosemary Wells found evidence that different tooth fairies worked in the America circa the 1900s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tooth_fairy) and now the country celebrates her contributions every year on February 28.
Although the history of the official calendar date is unclear, there are several websites that allude to the annual celebratory date of February 28 while others suggest the date is August 22. Either way, this day can be commemorated by teaching children about the natural cycle of tooth loss, the future growth of permanent teeth and the value of oral hygiene, eating a healthy diet and discouraging thumb sucking to help adult teeth grown in beautifully.
October is the month typically associated with America's traditional holiday schedule and slews of dental problems courtesy of the behaviors of eating for hours and consuming an excess of sugary treats such as candy, pies and candied yams. For the past 13 years, National Smile Day has officially been on the calendar, and parents can use the date as a dental care reminder to prepare for the upcoming season.
Wikipedia reports that "The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts," who was known for creating the smiley face icon in the 1960s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Smile_Day). After his passing a holiday dedicated to "improving this world, one smile at a time" was launched in his honor and a visit to the dentist can help revelers celebrate with confidence!