National Toothache Day:
National Toothache Day is observed on February 9 every year. This day is celebrated to give a subtle reminder to you to take good care of your teeth.
|2022||9th February||Wednesday||United States|
|2023||9th February||Thursday||United States|
|2024||9th February||Friday||United States|
Why National Toothache Day?
Our teeth are a valuable part of our body. They are our partners in crime. Every time we scrounge on our scrumptious dinner or slurp our favorite ice cream, our teeth are always there to help! But we need to take care of our dental hygiene.
Our teeth perform a plethora of functions of biting, chewing, tearing, and of course, they are the reason behind our scintillating smile. National Toothache Day emanated to give a gentle reminder to the people out there to take good care of their dental hygiene. Toothaches are a common problem in people nowadays. The reason behind this can range from not indulging in good dental practices to some genetic issues. Toothaches, scientifically known as odontalgia is a grave problem as it can take away your happiness. Toothaches cause difficulty in speaking, eating, sleeping, and even brushing the teeth. This day was started to remind people to pay heed to toothaches and to prick their conscience towards dental health.
How can we observe National Toothache Day:
- Use hashtags on social media: National toothache day is all about creating awareness of dental hygiene. Use hashtags like #NationalToothacheDay, #DentalCare, #DentalHygiene, #toothache, #oralheath etc. Write captions to aware people about the importance of their oral health.
- Visit the dentist: While this should be done after a fixed interval, you can save the date February 9 for your meeting with your beloved dentist. Ask your dentist about the ways you can maintain oral hygiene and how you can protect yourself from getting a denture!
- Organize a seminar: If you wish to do something great on this day, you can even organize a seminar on Dental hygiene in collaboration with a dentist. Invite people to participate in the seminar where the dentist can explain to them the Dos and Don’ts related to dental hygiene. Many people don’t understand how paramount oral hygiene is; problems like bad breath, toothaches, ways to do floss, daily night care routine for teeth, what type of brush should one use, etc., can be the points of discussion
Interesting Facts on National Toothache Day:
- People who depend upon effervescent drinks like soda and soft drinks have more tooth decays as compared to others. Thus dentist advice to drink only fresh juices.
- Most Americans spend around 38 days on average brushing their teeth over the lifetime.
- Many people don’t floss after brushing. Studies have found that people who don’t floss miss approximately 40% of their tooth surface cleaning.
- Around 75% of Americans have had a cavity at the age of 17.
- While dentists recommend brushing for about 2 to 3 minutes a time, most Americans spend only 30 to 45 seconds brushing their teeth.
- Women are less hesitant to smile than men. On average, a woman shows her charming smile 62 times a day while a man smiles only 8 times!
- Around 14 gallons of toothpaste are bought by Americans every year!
- Many Americans don’t brush twice a day which has escalated the problem of cavity in them to ninety-one percent.
- This fun fact will give you a reason to smile. It takes 43 muscles to frown and only 17 to smile. So smile while not hiding your sparkling teeth!
- Smokers suffer from periodontal disease than nonsmokers.
History of National Toothache Day:
Although there is no certain evidence as to when this day started, the Egyptians started taking care of their teeth with the invention of toothpaste in around 5000 BC. This toothpaste was made up of burnt eggshells, ashes, and ox hooves. So don’t you at the idea as their prowess in maintaining dental hygiene is the reason you are aware of dental care!
The earlier toothbrushes were very different from the ones we use today. Many countries like china used bamboo twigs or bones to clean their teeth, while in countries like India, people relied on neem twigs for natural floss. It wasn’t until the late 2000s that this day gained much recognition, but the roots of this day are still under the veil. No one knows when this day was first celebrated.