As Canadians prepare to celebrate Labour Day on September 4, the glorious summer days are drawing to a close and the first signs of fall are in the air. This day honours the toil and commitment of employees across our beautiful nation and is more than just a holiday or a seasonal bookend. We at Waterloo Dental Centre appreciate our countrymen’s dedication and toil. The significance of Labour Day should be considered, as well as how it relates to oral health, of course.
Origins of Labour Day in Canada
Let’s review the history of Labour Day before moving on to the dental portion of our conversation. Canada was one of the first nations in the world to designate a day to honour employees. The first Labour Day celebration in the nation was a procession in December 1872, supporting the Toronto Typographical Union’s struggle for a 58-hour workweek. Canada officially declared this day a holiday for workers on July 23, 1873, just one year later, highlighting our country’s progressive attitude on workers’ rights.
Work Ethics and Dental Health: A Link
It might not be immediately apparent, but there is a link between diligence and good oral health. In addition to valuing hard work, Canadians also understand the importance of maintaining general health and proper oral hygiene. Here is how they connect:
Stress and Oral Health: Regular stress and hard labour may affect our oral health. Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism) can be directly triggered by stress, resulting in sensitive teeth, worn-down or chipped teeth, and enamel erosion.
Snacks at Work and Dental Health: Treat or snack drawers are frequently found in offices. However, grazing frequently, particularly on sugary or acidic meals and beverages, can raise your risk of developing cavities.
Regimen & Oral Care: Maintaining a regular oral care routine may be difficult for people who work erratic shifts or hours. It’s imperative to make sure you clean and floss your teeth twice a day, regardless of your work schedule.
Recommendations for Keeping a Healthy Smile While Working
Watch What You Eat: While working, choose snacks that won’t damage your teeth. I can think of yogurt, cheese, almonds, and/or fresh fruit. Remember to rinse your mouth out with water after eating sweets if you do.
Keep Hydrated: Drinking water throughout the day helps flush out bacteria and food particles and keeps you hydrated.
Dental Exams and Routine Cleanings: Be sure to plan frequent dental cleanings and examinations. Even with the best at-home oral care regimen, it is important to schedule regular professional cleanings and inspections.
This Labour Day, as we honour the enormous contributions made by Canadian workers, let’s also take time to recognize and care for our dental health. Being your go-to dentist in the city is an honour for us at Waterloo Dental Centre, and we’re always available to help you with your dental needs.
We hope everyone has a beautiful and relaxing Labour Day weekend!
Note that our dental office will be closed on Monday, September 4th and will reopen on Tuesday, September 5th.