As the summer heat fills the air and fireworks light up the night sky, it can only mean one thing – the Fourth of July is here! This annual celebration of independence brings people together for barbecues, parades, and family gatherings.
In honor of the holiday, we wanted to enlighten our patients with some fascinating and fun dental facts related to the Fourth of July!
Presidential Facts About Teeth
- The president has his own dental office inside the White House!
- Grover Cleveland had dental surgery performed on a yacht.
- Dwight Eisenhower’s teeth helped cover up an alien encounter.
- Lyndon B. Johnson gave away electric toothbrush sets with the presidential seal on them because he wanted to be the first thing on people’s minds when they woke up and before they turned in for the night.
- JFK’s teeth saved a fellow soldier from drowning during World War 2, an incredible story worth a read!
- Contrary to popular belief, George Washington did not have wooden teeth! His dentures were made from a combination of human teeth, animal teeth, and ivory. (This fact alone reminds us just how far dental care has come since the time of our Founding Fathers!)
The Sweet Tooth Tradition
No Fourth of July celebration is complete without indulging in delicious treats. From ice cream to cotton candy, Americans love their sweets on this holiday.
However, it’s crucial to remember the importance of dental hygiene even during the most fun-filled, festive times. It’s okay to have a sweet treat, but we encourage you to indulge in moderation and brush and floss after. It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and rinse away sugary residue.
Fireworks and Oral Health
The fireworks that illuminate the night sky are a central element of Fourth of July celebrations, but did you know that fireworks can have an impact on oral health?
The loud noises produced by fireworks can startle some individuals, leading to jaw clenching and teeth grinding. This can cause muscle soreness, toothaches, and even dental damage.
If you know you are sensitive to loud noises, we encourage you to use earplugs and be mindful of clenching your jaw during the festivities.
Fourth of July Foods
Many families enjoy a delightful picnic on the Fourth of July, complete with corn on the cob, barbecued meats, and refreshing beverages.
Corn on the cob, while delicious, can be quite tricky for individuals with dental work or braces. It is okay to enjoy these foods, but be careful while doing so. You can also try having corn off the cob instead!
And what better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than by incorporating patriotic colors into your oral health routine? Opt for red and blue toothbrushes or toothpaste this July. 🙂
As you celebrate the Fourth of July and embrace the festivities, don’t forget to share these intriguing dental facts with family and friends! And when the festivities are done, be sure to schedule your annual cleaning. 🙂 Happy Fourth of July!