Yes World Toothache Day does exist, and while it seems like an oxymoron, every February 9th, the world ‘celebrates’ Toothache Day. While having a painful toothache is no reason to throw a party, below we look at the reasons why and how the day originated.
How Did Toothache Day Become a Holiday?
It might seem like a strange concept to honor something most people see as a negative occurrence. After all, toothaches can be extremely painful and take time and medical care in order to heal. Honestly, no one knows for certain how this day became an official holiday. However, there are a number of theories about how world toothache day was born.
Theory One: It’s a Day to Honor a Saint – Some people think the origins of Toothache Day were to honor the feast of St. Apollonia. She is not only noted as the patroness of dentists, but she also is supposed to protect those who are suffering from dental issues including toothaches. Since her feast day is February 9th, it makes sense that the official Toothache Day would be related to St. Apollonia in some fashion.
Theory Two: The Holiday Honors People with a Sweet Tooth - Still other people speculate that the day has a delicious, even chocolaty beginning. The Smile Generation blog sheds some light on this theory, “Toothache Day shares the same day as the founding of Hershey Chocolate Corporation in the year 1894.” Considering that a few years ago the Hershey company created an epically large KISS that weighed in excess of 30,000 pounds, it seems there is plenty of candy to help the whole world celebrate this day.
Theory Three: The Holiday Was Created by an Insider – What better way to drum up business than to remind people of what they hate? Some people think the day was created by a dentistry insider as TimeandDate.com explains, “While the origins of Toothache Day are a mystery, we suspect that it was a dentist who created this unofficial holiday to remind people that taking care of one's oral well-being is very important to live a happy, healthy and long life.” Dentists do need to remind people to keep their teeth healthy, but it may seem a little odd to celebrate tooth pain over the more conventional dental care.
How to Celebrate Toothache Day
It might seem counterintuitive, but the absolute best way to celebrate the day honoring toothaches is to not get one at all. If you want to step up your celebration, there are a few more things you can do.
- Visit the Dentist – You can celebrate a dental care day by making a trip to your dentist. Schedule your routine checkup for February 9th, and make sure you are not at risk for a toothache in the near future. Bonus points if you wish your dentist a happy Toothache Day!
- Change Your Toothbrush – Chances are it’s been a while since you’ve changed your toothbrush. It’s important to have a clean toothbrush to get the optimal cleaning power. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you replace your toothbrush approximately every three to four months. If it’s been more than 3 months since you got a new toothbrush, then toss it out and treat yourself to a new one!
- Eat Healthy – They say you are what you eat, and what you eat can impact how healthy your teeth are every day. Making sure to limit foods that can damage or discolor the surface of your teeth with ensure you love your smile for years to come.
While Toothache Day might celebrate a dental issue that no one enjoys, it is an important holiday for everyone to remember. Taking care of your teeth is extremely important to ensure you are healthy in other ways. If you notice yourself getting frequent or persistent toothaches, do not wait for Toothache Day. Instead, if your teeth are sensitive or painful, see your dentist right away. Remember, once your teeth are permanent you only get one set. Taking care of them by proper brushing and routine dental visits will help you to make sure that when Toothache Day rolls around, you will be able to celebrate happily knowing your teeth are healthy and strong. Wishing you a pain-free Toothache Day this February 9th!