This Sunday We Stop to Say,
Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers, motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May.
The celebration of Mother’s Day dates back to ancient times; but Mother’s Day, as we know it in the United States, was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in West Virginia. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing Mother’s Day as a national holiday on the second Sunday in May.
The American tradition of Mothers Day is celebrated in more than 46 countries around the world. In other countries, existing celebrations, held on different dates, have been described as Mother’s Day with the date being one of religious, legendary, or historical significance.
Mother’s Day kicks off the 17th annual National Women’s Health Week and through May 14th. National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, with the goal of empowering women to make their health a priority. It is obvious that making your health a priority is key to a long and healthy life, and it is no longer a secret that dental health affects overall health.
6 Tips for Healthy Teeth for Life:
1. Start Children Early – Dental care should begin as soon as a child’s first tooth appears.
2. Brush Twice a Day and Floss Daily – It only takes a few minutes a day!
3. Protect Your Teeth – Sports build healthy bodies, but can be a threat to teeth. Use a mouth guard to prevent injuries to teeth.
4. Eat Smart – The foods you choose affect your general health, but a healthy diet is essential for healthy teeth and gums. To learn what foods are best for you, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov, for dietary recommendations for children and adults based on levels of physical activity.
5. Avoid Sugary Foods – When bacteria in the mouth break down simple sugars, they produce acids that can erode tooth enamel, opening the door to decay.
6. Make an Appointment – Experts recommend getting a dental check-up two times a year. Aside from removing plaque and buildup that you cannot through routine brushing and flossing, a regular exam also spots early signs of oral cancer, wear and tear from tooth grinding, and signs of gum disease.
A mother’s work is never done and the same could be said for your smile! It takes just a few minutes each day to brush and floss…that’s not a lot in return for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
To all of the Moms, Mothers, Mommies, and Mums…
Happy Mother’s Day!