Life Day 24131: A Breath of Fresh Air

August 6, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Tuesday, August 6, 2013.
Good morning halitosis sufferers. The first holiday today is National Fresh Breath Day. National Fresh Breath Day is an educational awareness day designed to bring attention to the importance of fresh breath as an integral part of your overall health and wellness. The goal of this holiday is to make people conscious of their breath and teach them how to achieve and maintain fresh breath through proper oral hygiene.
Aside from brushing after each meal, there are a number of other steps you can take to maintain fresh breath.
1)  Replace your toothbrush at least every three months. The purpose of a toothbrush is to remove any trapped food particles in your teeth to prevent tooth decay and to stimulate your gums to prevent gum disease. Also, despite your best efforts, bacteria can accumulate on the bristles of your toothbrush. A worn out toothbrush renders it ineffective for its intended purpose.
2)  Floss. Flossing is often the first step to oral hygiene we abandon after our annual trip to the dentist. The old adage; “out of sight, out of mind” pertains to many things, including your dental floss. Don’t keep your floss in a cabinet or drawer, keep it on the counter where you are reminded every time you enter the bathroom that you should floss after each brushing.
3)  Try a tongue scraper: There are many versions of scrapers on the market, and they’re super cheap. Find one you like and use it once a night. Even after what you think is a thorough home cleaning, you’ll be amazed how much debris a tongue scraper removes from your tongue. Less debris and bacteria means fresher breath.
4)   Stay hydrated: Drinking water throughout the day promotes saliva production, and is your mouth’s natural defense against the germs that cause bad breath. If you ignored each of our other tips, just drinking water would at least help a little bit, not to mention the multitude of other great things being well-hydrated does for your body.
5)  Cover it up in a pinch: If your mom ever tried to get you to eat the parsley on your plate when dining out, maybe she was actually trying to tell you your breath needed some freshening! Parsley appears to have antibacterial and antifungal properties which can help keep your mouth clean. Yogurt and celery also work in a similar fashion, and sugar free gum or breath mints with Xylitol can also help to promote salivation without adding sugar into the mix.

The next holiday is National Night Out. National Night Out does not mean: “It’s party time!” This holiday is celebrated on the first Tuesday in August. It is dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs including neighborhood watch groups devoted to safer communities. The first National Night Out took place on Tuesday, August 7th 1984. That first year, 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states. Since then, National Night Out grown immensely, and now involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

The last holiday today is Wiggle Your Toes Day.  Wiggle Your Toes Day encourages you to release your toes from the confines of your smelly shoes and socks so they can experience what it’s like to be free. Air them out by wiggling them in a swimming pool, or dangle them from a dock and let the water flow between them. If nothing else, soak them in the bathtub for a while.

The food related holiday today is National Root Beer Float Day. We have already celebrated a couple of root beer-related holidays this year; National Black Cow Day on June 10th, and Stewart’s Root Beer Day on June 17th, so National Root Beer Float Day may seem familiar to you, but this holiday celebrates that classic summertime treat; the plain ole Root Beer Float. Between the creamy vanilla ice cream and the frothy root beer foam, how can anyone resist.
At the end of the 19th century, a man named Frank Wisner invented the first root beer float. To make one of these delicious beverages, just add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a tall glass of root beer.
Note: If you reverse the directions and add the root beer to the ice cream you’ll end up with a big mess.

On this date in 1945 – The American B-29 bomber, known as the Enola Gay, dropped the first atomic bomb on an inhabited area. The bomb named “Little Boy” was dropped over the center of Hiroshima, Japan. An estimated 140,000 people were killed.
Also on this date in history:
1787 – The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began. The articles of the U.S. Constitution draft were to be debated.
1879 – The first Australian rules football game to be played at night took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The game was to promote the introduction of electricity to the city of Melbourne.
1890 – Cy Young achieved his first major league victory. He would accumulate 511 in his career.
1926 – Gertrude Ederle became the first American woman to swim the English Channel. She was 19 years old at the time. The swim took her 14 1/2 hours.
1952 – Satchel Paige, at age 46, became the oldest pitcher to complete a major league baseball game.
1960 – Nationalization of U.S. and foreign-owned property in Cuba began.
1965 – The Voting Rights Act was signed by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1969 – The first fair ball to be hit completely out of Dodger Stadium occurred. Willie Stargell, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit the ball 506 feet from home plate.
1981 – Lee Trevino was disqualified from the PGA Championship in Duluth, GA when he had his scorecard signed by Tom Weiskopf instead of himself.
1986 – William J. Schroeder died. He lived 620 days with the Jarvik-7 manmade heart. He was the world’s longest surviving recipient of a permanent artificial heart.
1990 – The U.N. Security Council ordered a worldwide trade embargo with Iraq. The embargo was to punish Iraq for invading Kuwait.
1996 – NASA announced the discovery of evidence of primitive life on Mars. The evidence came in the form of a meteorite that was found in Antarctica. The meteorite was believed to have come from Mars and contained a fossil.
And, in 1998 – Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky spent 8 1/2 hours testifying before a grand jury about her relationship with President Clinton.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of noteworthy individuals.
Alfred Lord Tennyson 1809 – Poet.
Leo Carrillo 1881 – Actor.
Louella Parsons 1881 – Columnist.
Hoot Gibson 1892 – Rodeo champion, actor.
Lucille Ball 1911 – Comedienne, actress.
Robert Mitchum 1917 – Actor.
Andy Warhol 1928 – Artist.
Paul Bartel 1938 – Actor.
Peter Bonerz 1938 – Actor.
Andy Messersmith 1945 – Baseball player.
Dorian Harewood 1950 – Actor.
Catherine Hicks 1951 – Actress.
Stephanie Kramer 1956 – Actress.
Randy DeBarge 1958 – Musician.
Geri Halliwell 1972 – Spice Girl.
And finally, Soleil Moon Frye 1976 – Actress.

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