The long, balmy summer days are ending as Canadians get ready to celebrate Labour Day on September 4, and the first chill of fall is in the air. This day is more than just a vacation or a seasonal bookend; it commemorates the labour and dedication of workers across our lovely nation. The Guelph Royal Dental Centre is very grateful for the commitment and labour of our fellow citizens. Of course, it is essential to think about the meaning of Labour Day and how it pertains to oral health.

Origins of Canada’s Labour Day

Before we get to the dental part of our discussion, let’s go through the history of Labour Day. Canada was one of the first countries to set aside a day to recognize workers. In December 1872, a parade in support of the Toronto Typographical Union’s fight for a 58-hour workweek served as the nation’s inaugural Labour Day commemoration. On July 23, 1873, Canada formally proclaimed this day a holiday for employees, demonstrating our nation’s progressive stance on workers’ rights.

A Connection Between Work Ethics and Dental Health

Although it might not be obvious at first, there is a connection between perseverance and good oral health. In addition to respecting effort, Canadians also recognize the significance of maintaining good oral hygiene and general health. Here’s how they relate:

Oral Health and Stress: Consistent stress and physical labour may impact our oral health. Stress can directly cause teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism), leading to sensitive teeth, worn-down or chipped teeth, and enamel erosion.

Dental Health and Snacks at Work: Treat or snack cabinets are typically found in offices. However, snacking regularly can increase your chance of acquiring cavities, especially regarding sugary or acidic foods and drinks.

Regimen & Oral Care: People who work unpredictable shifts or hours may find maintaining a consistent oral care regimen challenging. Regardless of your job schedule, you must make sure to brush and floss your teeth twice a day.

Advice for Maintaining a Healthy Smile During Work

Watch Your Diet: Choose snacks that won’t harm your teeth while working. Yogurt, cheese, nuts, and/or fresh fruit come to mind. If you do, remember to rinse your mouth with water after consuming sweets.

Keep Hydrated: In addition to keeping you hydrated, drinking water throughout the day aids in the removal of bacteria and food particles.

Dental Examinations and Regular Cleanings: Make sure to schedule regular dental cleanings and examinations. Even with the best oral hygiene routine, arranging routine professional cleanings and examinations is crucial.

As we celebrate the enormous contributions made by Canadian workers on this Labour Day, let’s also take some time to be aware of and care for our dental health. We at Guelph Royal Dental Centre consider it an honour to be your go-to dentist in the city, and we’re always here to assist you with your dental requirements.

We wish everyone a fantastic and restful Labour Day weekend!

Note that our dental office will be closed on Friday, September 1st and Monday, September 4th. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 5th.