National Toothache Day, which falls on February 9, is a kind reminder of the overall benefits and importance of oral hygiene. Toothaches, scientifically known as toothaches, are exactly as they sound, pain arising from one or more teeth. A toothache can make you difficult to eat, sleep, and sometimes even talk.
History of National Toothache Day
While the origins of National Toothache Day are unclear, this unofficial holiday is meant to remind everyone that taking care of your oral health is of the utmost importance to living a happy life, healthy and long life.
However, the history of dental science goes a little further. Since 7000 BC, Dentistry has been born and is considered as one of the oldest medical professions. However, it was not until 5000 BC that descriptions related to dental diseases were detected.
In the eighteenth century, dentistry became a more defined and refined profession, reaching an important ground when Pierre Fauchard, a French surgeon, published his influential book, The Surgeon Dentist, a Treatise on Teeth, defines a comprehensive system for tooth care and treatment, all the way to performing dental fillings and discovering that sugar is a major factor in tooth decay.
In 1859, 26 dentists met in Niagara Falls, New York to form an organization that they considered the American Dental Association, ADA, consisting of a nationally representative organization of specialized dentists encourages high professional standards and scientific research, as well as attempts to reach the general population about the importance of oral hygiene.
In 1873, Colgate mass-produced the first toothpaste, and mass-produced toothbrushes followed, ensuring that everyone had access to teeth-cleaning products. However, good brushing habits were not common in the US until after the end of World War II, when soldiers stationed abroad brought the concept of proper oral hygiene back to their homeland between teeth whitening and many other procedures, people give their teeth the attention they deserve.
Why Your Teeth Hurt
It is not sure how those nasty teeth came to be in the first place? Here are some of causes.
- Tooth decay or gum disease
- Enamel wear
- Tooth abscess
- Cracked teeth or fillings
- Teeth grinding
- Sinusitis or ear infection
What to Do If You Have a Toothache?
Make an appointment with your dentist if you have a toothache that lasts more than two days. Your dentist will check and decide what is going on. Getting some relief from the pain is very nice, right.
Here is what you can do until your appointment:
- Floss to remove any food particles that may be causing the pain.
- Rinse with warm salt water.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers.
How to celebrate National Toothache Day
Toothache is nothing short of fun, and so you won't be surprised to learn that there is a National Toothache Day. However, don't worry. This day is certainly not to celebrate the dreaded toothache. No way! Instead, National Toothache Day is really about educating and raising awareness, and helping people learn how to prevent them from starting to happen and the best way to make them go away quickly!
It's important that we learn how to take care of our teeth to not only get rid of those nasty aches and pains, but also prevent them from returning or more serious complications, and National Toothache Day is a great opportunity to promote and celebrate health, to share knowledge and fill your brain with information and facts in a fun and silly way. One thing's for sure, no candy or sugary soft drinks will be involved!
ObservedNational Toothache Day has been observed annually on February 9th.
Sunday, February 9th, 2020
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
Wednesday, February 9th, 2022
Thursday, February 9th, 2023
Friday, February 9th, 2024