Happy New Year!
A Big Cheers to a bright New Year and a fond farewell to last year!! Here’s to the things that are yet to come in 2022, and to the memories that we hold dear from last year. May you have a prosperous New Year! The New Year gives us all a fresh start and time to think about what we did in the past and what we might like to do differently in this New Year. Do you know what people call making changes in their lives at the beginning of the year? If you guessed a “New Year Resolution” You are correct!
New Year’s Resolutions – in History
As you might have gathered already, now, I am somewhat of a history expert. Maybe it is because I have been around for over 800 years and have seen a whole lot of changes during my short Tooth Fairy life. New Year’s Resolutions even pre – date my short life span! A New Year Resolution can be traced back to the Babylonians around 4,000 years ago. (See I told you it is lot older than me and Herbie!) Their New Year’s Resolutions were a little different than what we do today. The Babylonians promised to return or pay back anything they had borrowed during the previous year. There was a big festival (my favorite part is the food) that was called an “Akitu” and lasted for 12 days. The Babylonian’s Resolution took place in March which was the beginning of the planting season. During the Akitu, they would give their loyalty to the King or if needed, crown a new King. Our Resolutions are much different today like I said in the beginning of my blog to you.
Our more modern New Year’s Resolution began in 1740, just before the United States was born. This came from the more conservative people who didn’t really want to have a party on New Year’s Eve. The celebration is known as “Watch Night” where people reflect on what they want to change for themselves during the New Year.
Do you know what the most common New Year’s Resolution is? You don’t! I like it because it helps my little darlings stay healthy! Give up? The most common New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. That means people are eating healthier foods and avoiding sugar containing drinks (you know the Bogarts and Dementors that attack your pearly whites).
So, am I hearing you correctly? You want to make a couple of New Year Resolutions yourself? May I be so bold as to suggest one of my favorite ones?!
Dr. Tooth Fairy’s Favorite New Year’s Resolution
You know how much I adore your pearly whites and want you to keep them strong, healthy and beautiful for your entire life? Well, my favorite resolution that I hear people make is to eat healthier and commit to taking care of their teeth! Taking care of your teeth is much more than just keeping them clean. We already talked a little about food, the things that are high in sugar and stick on your teeth are just not good. A soda pop once in awhile is okay but drinking one every day is really not good for your teeth. Many soda pops have a low pH which means they contain a lot of acid. The acid is the same that is produced by the Dementors and Bogarts but in a much higher quantity. The acid dissolves the fluoride and enamel coating on your teeth. Eventually your pearly whites will look dingy and get a cavity. I don’t want that to happen to you or your little darlings! So, think twice before eating candy and having a lot of soda pops. Even too much fruit juice is not so healthy. Consider drinking more water!
Another item you should add to your list of New Year’s Resolutions is to take better care of your pearly whites! You can do that by using a mouthwash with fluoride before brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste that has fluoride in it (before bed is very important). You should also ask your Mom, Dad or Grandparents about getting a new toothbrush every three months. Yes, toothbrushes that get used the right way wear out too. A worn-out toothbrush does not do a good job at cleaning your pearly whites. When the bristles on your brush get a little curly on the ends, that means it is time for a new brush! My favorite ones are the ones that have cartoons on them!
Well, my friends, it is time for me to get to work, there are a lot of little darlings that need to get a bath in my shop. Herbie might have to have a look at a few of them too.
Tata my little buddies! Don’t forget, you can always contact me by email or call my friends at the Connecticut Dental Health Partnership!
Dr. Tooth Fairy
855-CT-DENTAL Monday-Friday 8AM – 5PM
Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year!