Holidays are supposed to be joyful and fun occasions. So, imagine our surprise when we discovered that there is a national holiday of sorts for a toothache.
When is National Toothache Day?
February 9 was officially declared Toothache Day. It has appeared on calendars and websites that list weird and wacky holidays for several years. Of course, it isn’t an official national holiday, which means you will still be required to go to school and work, but it is growing in popularity. Its rise in popularity can be attributed to the fact that over the years several news stations and talk shows have even talked about, highlighted, or mentioned this holiday.
How Did National Toothache Day Start?
Unlike many holidays, even the wacky and fun ones, that have detailed origin stories, National Toothache Day does not. In fact, it is somewhat of a mystery of how it came to be a holiday.
Many organizations have tried to research where this holiday came from, but have proven unsuccessful in finding anything. There appears to be no written documentation or even mention of this holiday anywhere. However, people all over the country have mentioned it and it has suddenly appeared on websites that list bizarre, and often unheard of, national days of observation.
Even though there isn’t anything official to state where this day came from, several people have formed theories about the origin of this national day. The first theory has to do with well-known candy manufacturer, Hershey’s.
The Hershey Corporation, who makes candy bars and tasty milk chocolate, was established on February 9. Given the popular belief that eating too much candy can cause cavities, which leads to a toothache, it is not completely unrealistic to think that National Toothache Day was created as a way to honor the candy making giant.
Another, more plausible theory is that it is the feast day of St. Apollonia. St. Apollonia is a Catholic saint who died in 249. She is often pictured, in statues and paintings, holding a pair of tongs with a tooth. This makes it appear as if she has recently pulled a tooth. Many people believe that because February 9 is the feast day for St. Apollonia and she is the patron saint of dentists and dental diseases that National Toothache Day was founded to honor her.
Celebrate National Toothache Day
You are probably wondering how you can celebrate National Toothache Day. After all, you probably don’t want to get a toothache just to celebrate this wild and wacky national day. That is why we have an alternative – review what to do should you get a toothache in the future.
Taking the time to review what to do should you get a toothache will help you relieve any pain you experience and get to the dentist quickly.
To help you celebrate National Toothache Day, we have gathered some helpful tips of what to do should you experience a toothache:
- Relieve any pain by taking an over-the-counter pain medication. Please consult your doctor, dentist, or pharmacist before taking any OTC pain medication as it may interact with other medications you are taking.
- Create a warm salt water rinse. Rinse your mouth out with this warm water rinse. It will help reduce any swelling and may relieve any pain you experience.
- Ice your cheek near where your tooth hurts. The ice will numb the area which serves as a pain reliever and reduces swelling.
- Monitor your pain and keep a record of it
- Continue to brush your teeth
- Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible
If you live in the Cocoa Beach, Florida area and have a toothache, call Cocoa Beach Family Dentistry. We provide dental service to patients of all ages. Should you have a toothache, we will try to work with your schedule to get you an appointment as soon as possible. We often have several appointments available each day dedicated to dental emergencies, such as an extreme toothache.
Don’t wait around if you have a toothache. See a dentist immediately so you can receive proper treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment if you have a toothache.