National False Teeth Day is observed every year on March 9 to raise awareness about the necessity of dental care. False teeth, also known as dentures, are becoming increasingly popular amongst both the young and the elderly. Many celebrities, including Ben Affleck, Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, and Morgan Freeman, have false teeth.
Whether or not you wear dentures, it’s critical to keep your mouth clean, which begins with dental care. The fact that we put off dental check-ups and care until later is most likely the reason for this day. So let’s show some love to the ones that make our smiles brighter.
History of National False Teeth Day
While there is no verifiable evidence as to who or when this holiday originated, let us delve into the fascinating history of the creation of dentures. You might be surprised to know that dentures have existed since the 7th century B.C. Etruscans from ancient Italy were the first to fabricate dentures from animal and human teeth. However, this art of making dentures stopped with the collapse of their civilization.
It was not until the 1700s that it re-emerged after a long halt. Ivory, extracted from elephants, walrus, and hippopotamus, was one of the earliest materials used to make dentures. These fake teeth, however, did not seem natural and decayed swiftly. Displeased by their poor quality, the French replaced ivory with porcelain. Porcelain dentures were hand-painted to seem like natural teeth but when flamed, they shriveled.
Then came the ghastly ‘Waterloo teeth’. They were human teeth of soldiers who died in the battle of Waterloo. Even though it seems revolting, they were in high demand in the late 18th century. These were collected from the Waterloo battlefield. Thankfully, this practice faded once Charles Goodyear discovered vulcanite in 1843. Dentures manufactured of this flexible rubber were both comfortable to wear and inexpensive to purchase.
Moving on to more recent times, we now have moldable plastics like acrylic resin that are easier to fit in and last longer. False teeth have come a long way and aren’t a hassle anymore.
National False Teeth Day timeline
Dentures are made from human and animal teeth by Etruscans in northern Italy.
From a beeswax impression, the Japanese create the first set of wooden dentures.
French apothecary Alexis Duchâteau along with his dentist, Nicolas Dubois de Chémant shape the first crude porcelain dentures.
'Waterloo teeth,' which is harvested from the teeth of dead soldiers following the Battle of Waterloo, become popular in Britain
National False Teeth Day FAQs
How long can I wear my dentures?
Once your mouth gets accustomed to your dentures, it is recommended you remove them at night. Do not sleep with your dentures in. The tissues under the dentures need rest for at least six to eight hours a day.
Do dentures have any negative health consequences?
Dentures can cause sores and blisters inside your mouth making it painful to chew. In addition to headaches, ill-fitting dentures can cause gum inflammation and discomfort. Cleaning your dentures and mouth regularly is recommended, and if you have any problems, you should see your dentist right away.
How do I clean my dentures?
Soak your dentures in a cleansing solution every night. A common solution is a mix of bleach and water. Before putting them back on, make sure you thoroughly clean them under running water.
How to Observe False Teeth Day
Examine your teeth
If you haven't already, make an appointment with your dentist. It's time you pay heed to your oral health.
Prioritize dental care
Let's make dental care a priority in our household this holiday season. Brush and floss your teeth, and choose healthful snacks. If you’ve got kids, inculcate these healthy habits early on.
Spread the word on dental care and hygiene amongst your neighbors and community. Let everyone be aware of the importance of oral hygiene.
5 Facts About False Teeth You Didn’t Know
It is long-lasting
False teeth or dentures are designed to last five to 10 years, or possibly longer, depending on how well they are cared for.
It is given as a wedding gift
Dentures are a popular wedding gift in the British Isles — the Islanders are expected to lose or have their teeth pulled at a young age.
Fake and famous
Joe Biden, Jim Carrey, Celine Dion, and Miley Cyrus all have fake teeth.
Quite the denture enthusiast
George Washington wore dentures that were exquisitely made from elephant ivory, gold, hippopotamus tusk, and human teeth.
No more all-night soaking
The majority of individuals remove their dentures at night, but this isn't required — all the germs in your dentures can be removed with a five-minute soak in water and bleach.
Why False Teeth Day is Important
A healthy reminder
This holiday reminds us of that long-overdue dental appointment that we’d been putting off. After all, it’s your health that comes first!
Remember that saying, “Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth?” Well, now you no longer need to worry about your teeth falling out. All thanks to dentures!
A remedy for speech disorders
Speech might be hampered by missing teeth. False teeth assist those who are missing teeth in overcoming communication issues. They are, indeed, a blessing.
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