Annually observed on March 6, National Dentist’s Day was created as a day set to say “Thank You” and show appreciation to your dentist.
In many cases, the day of our dental visit usually has us a bit nervous and sometimes anxious. We would often rather be someplace else than sitting in a dental chair. The dentist is not the person most of us look forward to seeing. However, when our checkup is done, our teeth are cleaned, the cavities are filled, the broken tooth is fixed, or a toothache is gone, we appreciate what the dentist has done for us.
We couldn’t find where Dentist’s Day came from, but it’s pretty clear why this profession deserves a day of observance.
Dentistry has been around for a long, long time, though. In fact, some of the oldest evidence we have of dentistry has been found to be between 13800 and 14100 years old! As far back as 7000BC, dentists were required to help out sufferers of toothache and cavities.
Although without the modern tools we have at our disposal, they had to make do with some weird and wonderful cures – such as beeswax and using flint tools to pick out the decay. Dental cavities were at one point thought to be due to a ‘tooth worm’, which has been found cited in the works of Homer.
And if one of the reasons you don’t like going to the dentist is because you worry that it will hurt, think of our ancestors – they used to have to deal with a decayed tooth being pulled from their gums without any anesthetic. Ouch!
If you are not already in the habit of using them, this would be a great day to make a commitment to better dental habits. Use #NationalDentistsDay to post on social media.