A Breath of Fresh Air

August 6, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning halitosis sufferers. Today is Saturday, August 6th. The holidays today are:

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.

Oral health is a good indicator of your overall health, so to celebrate National Fresh Breath Day by evaluating your oral hygiene regimen and making the necessary changes to ensure your mouth and gums are healthy.

Sandcastle Day

Often, it’s the little things in life from which we derive the most pleasure. Sandcastle Day serves to illustrate this point. Children and adults alike have likely been building sandcastles since the dawn of civilization. Building sandcastles on a beach on a hot summer day are often some of our most cherished memories…evoking thoughts of simpler, more carefree times – times of innocence and discovery.
Most of us built sandcastles for fun…often for the simple pleasure of watching them being washed away by the next big wave. But recently, building sandcastles has become a serious art form. From 1989 until 2009, a World Championship in Sand Sculpture was held in Harrison Hot Springs in Harrison, British Columbia, Canada. Other countries hold their own versions of the world championships. The world’s tallest sand castle was built on Myrtle Beach in South Carolina during the 2007 Sun Fun Festival. The structure was almost 50 feet (15 m) high and took 10 days to construct, using 300 truckloads of sand.
To celebrate Sandcastle Day, you don’t have to live in a quaint, picturesque seaside village. A lake or river is also an ideal place to create your architectural wonder. Heck, you could even build one in your backyard if you want.

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 this refreshing summertime treat?
At the end of the 19th century, a man named Frank Wisner invented the first root beer float. The proper way to make one of these delicious beverages is to “float” a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a tall glass of root beer…notice I said add the ice cream to the rootbeer. If you reverse the process and add the root beer to the ice cream you’ll just end up with a big foamy mess.

Mead Day

Mead Day is yet another of the adult-beverage-related holidays this month. The creators of August holidays must think that we have nothing better to do this month but lay around and get drunk.
Mead is perhaps the oldest known fermented beverage. It is made by combining honey, water, and yeast. Sometimes referred to as “honey wine,” mead can range from sweet to very dry, and can be flavored with flowers, fruits, herbs, spices, and even vegetables. Mead is also called honey wine, ambrosia or nectar, and has been called the “ancestor of all fermented drinks.”
Mead can be carbonated like beer or more sparkling like cider or wine.  Like beer, it can have a more hoppy flavor when hops are added.  Distilled, mead is more like a liqueur and is similar to brandy.
Mead Day was organized by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 2002. It was created to increase mead awareness and foster camaraderie among mead makers…both commercial and homebrewers.

National Disc Golf Day – (first Saturday in August)

National Jamaican Patty Day – (first Saturday in August)

National Mustard Day – (first Saturday in August)

National Wiggle Your Toes Day

On this date in:

  • 1787 – The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began. The articles of the United States 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.
  • 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.
  • 1952 – Satchel Paige, at age 46, became the oldest pitcher to complete a major league baseball game.
  • 1960 – Nationalization of U.S. and other foreign-owned property in Cuba began.
  • 1965 – The Voting Rights Act was signed by 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.
  • 1998 – Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky spent 8 1/2 hours testifying before a grand jury about her relationship with President Clinton.

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