Fluoride, Opposites, and Irish Coffee

January 25, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my dentally hygienic friends. Today is Tuesday, January 25, 2022. January 25 is the 25th day of the year and 340 days remain.

Fluoride Day 

Fluoride Day is celebrated every year on January 25th. As you can easily discern from its name, this holiday celebrates fluoride – a natural tooth decay preventing dentifrice.
Scientists discovered the dental health benefits of fluoride in the 1930s. The next logical step was to begin a study and that is exactly what they did. On January 25, 1945, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan became the “test subject” and became the first city to add fluoride to their municipal water system – and community water fluoridation began. Throughout the course of the study, Grand Rapids was compared to “control” communities with no added fluoride. The National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) reviewed the results and found a dramatic decline in tooth decay in the Grand Rapids children. On November 29, 1951, the NRC declared water fluoridation safe, effective, and beneficial, and the fluoridation of community water systems soon became the standard in most major cities across America. As of 2018, about 73% of the community water systems in America are adding fluoride.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and in water. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay. In children under 6 years of age, fluoride helps strengthen the development of permanent teeth. Fluoride also helps to remineralize teeth that are damaged by acidic foods and disrupts acid production in already erupted teeth of both children and adults.
If you opt to celebrate Fluoride Day, find out if your community uses fluoridated water. If they do – good. If not – why not? Also, check your calendar to see if it is time for a checkup with your dentist.

National Opposite Day 

National Opposite Day is, or isn’t, celebrated annually on January 25th — Or is it? The origins of National Opposite Day are murky at best. Some of my sources say that the genesis of this holiday is a turn-of-the-century children’s game; while others claim that its origins are derived from the 18th-century novel “Alice in Wonderland.”
Since this holiday is (not) National Opposite Day, don’t celebrate by doing the opposite of what you mean to do and saying the opposite of what you mean to say. Then again, if you don’t want to do something, you shouldn’t do it just because it’s the opposite of what you should do. Then, if you consider what you don’t want to do, as the thing that you do want to do, then you won’t do what you don’t want to do and, by so doing, you will do what you do want to do and everything should work out fine. (I think). Is that clear enough for you?
Should you decide to celebrate National Opposite Day, do the exact opposite of what is expected of you today – or not. In this topsy-turvy world, who even knows what is real or not real these days anyway?

National Irish Coffee Day  

National Irish Coffee Day is celebrated annually on January 25th. You don’t need to be a barista to figure out that this holiday celebrates Irish Coffee – a whiskey-spiked coffee beverage favored by millions of people worldwide.
Contrary to popular belief, Irish Coffee is not a centuries-old recipe handed down from generation to generation. Irish Coffee was created in Port of Foynes in County Limerick, Ireland sometime around the beginning of WWII by Joseph Sheridan, head chef at the [only] restaurant there. Port of Foynes was a seaplane port near the site where Shannon International Airport was under construction at the time. A group of passengers stopped at the bar after a miserably cold eighteen-hour journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Joe brewed hot coffee, added a splash of whiskey, and offered the concoction to the travelers. According to legend, one of the passengers asked him, “Is this Brazilian coffee?” and Joe laughed and said, “No, that’s Irish coffee.”
If you are so inclined, celebrate National Irish Coffee Day by enjoying a hot, steamy cup of this unique concoction. This link will take you to Chef Sheridan’s original recipe. However, since I dislike both whiskey and coffee, I will not be joining you in your celebration today.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention.

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