National False Teeth Day
Every March 9th is observed as National False Teeth Day. No, this isn’t a day that celebrates a person not having their natural teeth, but is instead a day that raises awareness about proper dental care and oral hygiene.
Of course, this is also a day that raises awareness about the medical conditions that can also cause tooth loss including diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis. That’s why it’s important for people to not only take care of their teeth and gums but also their underlying health.
Although people in the past have limited options to fix missing or broken teeth, people nowadays have a variety of options they can consider including partials, dentures, endosteal implants, or subperiosteal implants.
The History Of National False Teeth Day
Dentures can be traced back to the 7th century B.C. This is when the Etruscans created dentures from the teeth of deceased people and/or animals.
According to historians, they became quite skilled at this practice, but their methods seemed to have been lost to history. It would be many, many years before the art of making dentures would come back to the forefront. This happened during the 18th century and has been practiced ever since.
Throughout the years, a variety of different types of false teeth were made from an assortment of materials. This included ivory, human teeth, vulcanite, and even porcelain. Of course, modern dentures are now made with more modern materials and are a lot better than the dentures of previous generations.
Unfortunately, the history of National False Teeth Day isn’t as apparent as the history of false teeth. We’re unsure who invented this holiday or when it was invented. We’ll continue to try to research this holiday, but at this point in time, it doesn’t look like we’ll ever uncover its origins.
Some Quick Facts About Dentures
Below are some quick facts about dentures that we think everyone following National False Teeth Day should know. We discovered the following facts after extensive research and thought that all of our readers would appreciate knowing some of them.
- In a recent worldwide study, almost 20% of the population wears some form of denture.
- The two types of dentures currently available are partial and full dentures.
- Dentures need to be cleaned with a denture brush or toothbrush, and a non-abrasive cleanser.
- The average denture lasts 5-7 years before needing to be replaced.
Observing National False Teeth Day
This is the perfect day for people to learn more about dental hygiene, or about the options they have available if they should need dentures. People can also spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #NationalFalseTeethDay.