August 6th – A Breath of Fresh Air

August 6, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning halitosis sufferers. Today is Sunday, August 6, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate 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 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.

American Family Day

American Family Day began as a 1-year proclamation signed by Arizona Governor Raul Castro, declaring August 7, 1977, as American Family Day. The following year, Governor Bruce Babbitt signed American Family Day into law as an official Arizona holiday. It is now celebrated annually across the United States on the first Sunday in August.
Established as a day encouraging families to spend time with one another, American Family Day is a perfect occasion to enjoy a summer day with those dearest to us. This holiday was specifically proclaimed to not focus on gifts, but rather, to focus on family relationships.
To celebrate American Family Day engage in some fun activities with your family that all members can enjoy…regardless of their age.

Midsummer Day

In the Northern Hemisphere, this date marks the official midpoint of Summer. Midsummer Day is a most appropriate occasion for hosting or attending a barbecue, picnic or other outdoor activities.
Additionally, with summer half over, isn’t it time to plan that getaway, or vacation, or start all of those things on your “To Do” List that requires warmer weather to accomplish while summer remains?

Gossip Day

Pssst! Have you heard the latest scuttlebutt? Today is Gossip Day. Let’s face it, we all gossip occasionally – some more than others – and some people even make a living through gossip. Rumor has it that this holiday was created to honor Louella Parsons, born on this date in 1881 – the premier “gossip columnist” of our age.
I heard through the grapevine that the actual origins of this holiday have only been passed on through word of mouth, so the creator of this holiday is unknown.
So, today especially, keep your shades drawn, and your lips sealed…and beware of blabbermouths, rumor mongers, tattletales, and nosy neighbors.

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 root beer. If you reverse the process and add the root beer to the ice cream you’ll just end up with a big foamy mess.

More Holiday

On this date

  • In 1787 – The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began. The articles of the United States Constitution draft were to be debated.
  • In 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.
  • In 1890 – Cy Young achieved his first major league victory. He would accumulate 511 in his career.
  • In 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. Only 5 other people, all men, had successfully swum across the channel before her.
  • In 1926 – Warner Brothers debuted the VitaphoneR movie sound system, the precursor to talking movies.
  • 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. Later, a second nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. These are the only two instances of nuclear bombs ever being used. Japan had joined the Second World War in December 1941 on the side of the Axis powers. After the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings 3 days later on August 9, Japan surrendered to the Allies and ended the Pacific War.
  • In 1952 – Satchel Paige, at age 46, became the oldest pitcher to complete a major league baseball game.
  • In 1960 – Nationalization of U.S. and other foreign-owned property in Cuba began.
  • In 1962 – Jamaica gained its independence from the British Empire. The Caribbean island country was first colonized by the Spanish in the early 16th century. In 1655, the British invaded Spanish Jamaica and made it a colony after the Spanish surrendered. Jamaica soon became one of the most profitable colonies of the British Empire, especially after sugar cane was brought to the island by the English. The Jamaica Independence Act of July 1962, which was a result of anti-colonial sentiments that were spreading throughout the globe, gave Jamaica full independence by leaving the Federation of the West Indies.
  • In 1965 – The Voting Rights Act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This landmark legislation banned any voting practices that discriminated against the people of the United States. The act basically enforces the 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution.
  • In 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.
  • In 1981 – Lee Trevino was disqualified from the PGA Championship in Duluth, GA when he had his scorecard signed by Tom Weiskopf instead of himself.
  • In 1986 – William J. Schroeder died. He lived 620 days with the Jarvik-7 man-made heart. He was the world’s longest surviving recipient of a permanent artificial heart.
  • In 1990 – The U.N. Security Council ordered a worldwide trade embargo with Iraq. The embargo was to punish Iraq for invading Kuwait.
  • In 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.
  • In 1998 – Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky spent 8 1/2 hours testifying before a grand jury about her relationship with President Clinton.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

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