We hope you have a fantastic Halloween! We have a warm place in our hearts for this scary holiday here at Mead Family Dental. Last year we featured Kathy as an undead pirate. I can hardly wait to see what she’s come up with this year!
As a dentist, Halloween makes me think of two things. Scary Halloween teeth and all that candy.
First…check out some of the very cool, very scary Halloween teeth I’ve found.
For those of you who prefer the horrifying monster look we have “minion fangs” found at www.halloween-mask.com.
“Dental Distortions” (www.dentaldistortions.com) provides several terrifying options for vampire fans.
For those who prefer their fangs on canine teeth you can choose the “nightslayer” option.
My personal preference has the fangs on the lateral incisors on the “nightbreed” model.
If you prefer a more demonic look I highly recommend the “Lucius” model.
And finally, no discerning trick or treater would want to miss a sweet halloween grill (from www.halloweencostumeworld.com).
Now, on a more serious note, let’s talk about candy. Halloween is a huge candy holiday. Americans buy 600 million pounds of candy each Halloween. That’s a lot of candy. And that’s some serious potential for tooth decay.
There are some things that parents can do to reduce the risks of decay for their trick or treaters. Here’s a few ideas:
Help your children brush their teeth. Dr. Mead’s rule…12 and under should have a parents’ help with brushing. I know you think that’s crazy, but it’s not. 18 and under should have a parent monitor how they brush and check to see how well they’re doing. Good habits developed as a kid means my drill spins less. And that’s a VERY GOOD thing.
Use the Halloween candy extravaganza as a reminder to make an appointment for a dental checkup. If you need an appointment or are looking for a new dentist, we’d be happy to help! You can call the office at (989) 799-9133 or make an appointment online!
It’s tough being a dentist on Halloween. But it’s my duty to spread the word about how we can reduce the risk of cavities for our little ghosts and goblins!
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The United States celebrates Labor Day today. Most of us celebrate Labor Day with a long weekend and a day off for the holiday on Monday. But do you know how Labor Day came about? I didn’t, so I did a little research…
Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894, under president Grover Cleveland. The holiday had been celebrated as a “workingmen’s holiday” by labor unions since 1882. Many states made the holiday official soon after, but only after the infamous Pullman Strike did the president and congress move to make it a national holiday. The holiday honors working people and labor unions as well as to memorialize their struggles in the past.
In many other parts of the world it’s the first day of May (May Day) that celebrates workers and labor unions. In the U.S., May Day became the traditional “beginning of Spring” holiday because during the Cold War era the Soviet and Eastern Block countries essentially annexed the holiday.
Labor Day is also a landmark time for football fans. The college football season usually starts the weekend prior to Labor Day and the NFL begins it’s regular season the week following Labor Day. (Miami University was drubbed by Mizzou and USC edged out University of Minnesota–Doc’s alma maters) 2014 update: Miami was drubbed by Marshall (I’m seeing a pattern here) and Minnesota crushed Eastern Illinois.
Michigan has a 54 year long tradition of walking the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day. The governor leads the 5 mile walk across the Straits of Mackinac and if you’re lucky enough to be one of 400 names drawn you can run the 5 mile bridge run.
The Mackinac Bridge, where a Labor Day tradition lives
So there you have it. A short primer about Labor Day. That’s a lot of information for me to throw at you just to let you know that we won’t be open on September 5th. We will re-open on September 6th with our normal schedule. We hope that you enjoy your holiday weekend, and we hope you have a wonderful autumn 2011!
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Although it's Tuesday morning as I type this, we here at Mead Family Dental drank the Kool-aid. The weather predictions for heavy snow from Tuesday evening into Wednesday evening are such that we decided to bail out early. We're not coming in today, Wednesday, February 2nd. By the way, Happy Groundhog's Day!
If you have a dental emergency I can be reached at home at (989) 488-7665. Stay warm and stay safe.