10 Fascinating Facts About the Labor Day Holiday

1908 Labor Day

The first Monday in September is celebrated nationally as Labor Day. So how did we get the holiday and why is no one quite sure who created it? The Labor Day holiday grew out of the late 19th century organized labor movement, and it quickly became a national holiday as the labor movement assumed a prominent role in American society. Here’s how it all started, with the facts, as we know them, supplied by the Labor Department, the Library Of Congress and other sources.

1. The idea first became public in 1882. In September 1882, the unions of New York City decided to have a parade to celebrate their members being in unions, and to show support for all unions. At least 20,000 people were at the parade, and the workers had to give up a day’s pay to attend. There was also a lot of beer involved in the event.

2. The New York parade inspired other unions. Other regions started having their own parades, and by 1887, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Colorado made Labor Day a state holiday.

3. How did the Haymarket Affair influence Labor Day? On May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded at a union rally in Chicago’s Haymarket Square, which led to violence that killed seven police officers and four others. The incident also led to May 1 being celebrated in most nations as Workers Day. The U.S. government chose Labor Day instead to avoid a celebration on May 1 and New York’s unions had already picked the first Monday in September for their holiday.

4. Two people with similar names are credited with that first New York City event. Matthew Maguire, a machinist, and Peter McGuire, a carpenter, have been linked to the 1882 parade. The men were from rival unions; in 2011, Linda Stinson, a former U.S. Department of Labor’s historian, said she didn’t know which man should be credited – partially because people over the years confused them because of their similar-sounding names.

5. Grover Cleveland helped make Labor Day a national holiday. After violence related to the Pullman railroad strike, President Cleveland and lawmakers in Washington wanted a federal holiday to celebrate labor – and not a holiday celebrated on May 1! Cleveland signed an act in 1894 establishing the federal holiday; most states had already passed laws establishing a Labor Day holiday by that point. Sen. James Henderson Kyle of South Dakota introduced S. 730 to make Labor Day a federal legal holiday on the first Monday of September. It was approved on June 28, 1894.

6. The holiday has evolved over the years. In the late 19th century, celebrations focused on huge parades in urban areas. Now the holiday is a wider celebration that honors organized labor with fewer parades, and more activities. It also marks the perceived end of the summer season.

7. Can you wear white after Labor Day? This old tradition goes back to the late Victorian era, where it was a fashion faus pax to wear any white clothing after the summer officially ended on Labor Day. The tradition isn’t really followed anymore. EmilyPost.com explains the logic behind the fashion trend – white indicated you were still in vacation mode at your summer cottage.

8. But Labor Day is the unofficial end of Hot Dog season. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans will eat 7 billion hot dogs.

9. How many people are union members today? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 14.6 million union members in the work force in 2014. There were 17.7 million in 1983.

10. What is the biggest union today? The National Education Association has about 3 million members who are members, including inactive and lifetime members.

 

 

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Eclipse: Who? What? Where? When? and How?

Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

mage Credit: Rick Fienberg, TravelQuest International and Wilderness Travel
Figure 1- In this series of still from 2013, the eclipse sequence runs from right to left. The center image shows totality; on either side are the 2nd contact (right) and 3rd contact (left diamond rings that mark the beginning and end of totality respectively).

Who Can See It?

Lots of people! Everyone in the contiguous United States, in fact, everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse, while the thin path of totality will pass through portions of 14 states.

mage Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio
Figure 2- This map shows the globe view of  the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. You can find more information at: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4518 (link is external) (link is external)

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Summer’s Here!

Summer is finally here! Before you jump into full vacation mode, make sure your dental care is up to date. And if you have kids, take advantage of their summer break by having them catch up on their dental checkups too. After all, the last thing you should have to worry about while on summer vacation is fixing overdue tooth problems!

Remember that we have the facilities to take care of your dental needs, from regular checkups to complete smile makeovers. Also remember that we work with all kinds of insurance plans so if you have a dental plan that provides annual benefits, please note that we’re already halfway through 2017 – make the most of your benefits before the rest of the year slips away!

Whether it’s time for a checkup or you’re looking for a boost to your summer look by whitening your teeth, please  call us today to set up a convenient appointment time.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Unofficial Start of Summer

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Warm weather activities usually start this weekend and go well into the fall.

Memorial Day can mean outdoor pools, baseball season and trips to the lake. So to start your summer off with a smile, we have picked three activities for summer enjoyment and fun that will make you feel like a kid again!

  1. Play in the sprinklers – Running through the sprinklers can be pure joy and will put a smile on your face.
  2. Visit the outdoor pool or water park – Outdoor pools are great because you can enjoy the sunshine and play in the water. Why not visit your local outdoor pool and slide down some water slides or start a game of Marco Polo with the neighborhood kids. You will leave the pool with a mega-watt smile on your face!
  3. Play a pick-up game of baseball or kickball – Visit a local park on any summer weekend, and you’re guaranteed to find readers and loungers there. Take some equipment and gather all of those people to play a quick game. Set the winning score to five to keep the game short, sweet and super fun!

While this list is only a fraction of the fun you can have during the summer, all of these activities could result in a day to remember. Don’t let your adult side dim the light of the carefree child in you. Embrace it and enjoy summer as an adult as much as you did as a youngster.

Honor Memorial Day

Join Us on June 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Ribbon Cutting
Ceremony

Dr. Kalee Coakley and staff would like to invite you to be a part of this special day.


Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 4:15pm                                     Hors d’oeuvres, gifts, and prizes

The Truth Behind Dental Myths!

Dentists Set Straight Common Tooth Myths
Learn the Truth Behind Common Oral Health Habits

When it comes to maintaining optimal oral health, there is plenty
of advice out there, some of which, unfortunately, isn’t correct. The Academy of General
Dentistry (AGD) looks to set the record straight on common dental myths and help patients
determine what is fact and what is fiction.

Myth:  Crushed aspirin on teeth provides pain relief
Suffering from a toothache? Unfortunately, this popular folk remedy won’t help. Crushing an
aspirin on an affected tooth doesn’t provide pain relief—and it even could cause a chemical burn on the soft tissues of the mouth.

“Aspirin works by blocking pain after it is ingested and enters the bloodstream to travel to the
part of the body that is in need of pain relief,” says AGD Spokesperson Carolyn L. Taggart-
Burns, DDS, MAGD. “Crushing an aspirin against your tooth will not allow for a significant
amount of the medicine to enter the bloodstream and help relieve the toothache.”
Instead, visit your dentist so that he or she can conduct a complete oral examination to determine the cause of your tooth pain. Among the common causes of tooth pain are infection, gum disease, and grinding. Once the cause is known, your dentist can help alleviate the pain.

Myth:  Diet soft drinks don’t damage teeth
Are you addicted to soft drinks? You may be shocked to learn that drinking large quantities of
your favorite carbonated beverages—even the diet varieties—can cause irreversible damage to your teeth. Both regular and diet soft drinks contain high levels of citric acid, which can cause tooth erosion.

“The acid wears away tooth enamel—the glossy, protective outside layer of the tooth,” Dr.
Taggart-Burns says. “Without the protection of enamel, teeth are more susceptible to developing cavities, as well as becoming sensitive, cracked, and discolored.”
Dr. Taggart-Burns recommends that her patients minimize their intake of soft drinks and drink
more water. Additionally, she advises them to either chew sugar-free gum or rinse their mouths
with water after drinking carbonated beverages. “Both tactics increase saliva flow, which
naturally helps to return the acidity levels in the mouth to normal,” she says.

Myth:  Brushing with baking soda is a safe way to whiten teeth
Baking soda is used around the home for many purposes, but can it also whiten teeth? Using
equal parts baking soda and water to brush your teeth will indeed remove surface stains.
However, proceed with caution! With continual use, the abrasiveness of baking soda could wear away tooth enamel, increasing your risk of developing cavities.
“Baking soda may be an inexpensive way to eliminate surface stains, but I recommend you speak with your dentist so that he or she can advise you on what is the most effective and safe teeth whitening method for your mouth,” Dr. Taggart-Burns says.

“Good oral health should be a priority in any person’s life, because poor oral health and
untreated oral disease can have a significant impact on quality of life,” Dr. Taggart-Burns adds.
“Patients should see their dentist every six months for a checkup, and most importantly, if you
have questions regarding your oral health routine, just be honest with your dentist. We are
always ready to help answer your questions and determine the best oral hygiene practices for
you.”

Sparkling Smile

The Difference Between a Regular and DEEP Dental Cleaning

Dentist Ellijay GADepending upon the level of your oral health, our dentist, Dr. Coakley and Dr. Fowler may recommend a deep cleaning instead of a standard regular cleaning.  The main questions that people ask regarding this procedure is why and what is the difference?

A regular dental cleaning is designed for the maintenance of healthy gums.  Healthy gums have a small, shallow space between the teeth and gums.  The procedure involves going into the space and cleaning it thoroughly by removing bacteria and tartar build up.  When a person brushes and flosses daily, and gets their teeth cleaned on a regular basis, the bacteria and tartar build up are minimal.  Healthy gums are pink in color and there is generally little or no bleeding during the cleaning.

A deep cleaning which is often known by the terms scaling or root planing is needed when there is a larger amount of tartar and bacteria under the gums.  This occurs, when there is a deeper space between the teeth and gums, called a “pocket”.  Pockets can develop when a person has not had their teeth professionally cleaned for a long period of time or when the person does not brush and floss on a regular basis.  In addition, other health issues can also put a person at risk for developing pockets.

Pockets that measure at a certain depth are called periodontal or gum disease.  Regardless of the cause, the first step to improve this condition is to have a deep cleaning to clear the pockets of the bacteria and tartar build up.

The dentist will determine what type of cleaning you will need during your initial exam by measuring the depth of the space between your teeth and gums.  When you hear the dentist calling out numbers during gum measurements, you want to hear the lowest numbers. If the numbers are under 4, you will need a regular cleaning.  If the numbers are 4 and above, then you may require a deep cleaning.

The best defense against needing a deep cleaning is to maintain your regular visits to our dental office in Ellijay with regular exams and cleaning.

To contact Sugars End Dental to schedule a dental appointment call 706-635-7453 or use the convenient “Contact Us” feature on our website.

 

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Spring Clean Your Teeth!

While Spring cleaning your house this year don’t forget one of the most important areas that need to be cleaned as
well…..YOUR SMILE !
Call the office today to schedule your appointment.

Dr. Coakley & Staff Attend the 2017 Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta

The Hinman Dental Society, a non-profit organization, is comprised of more than 750 member dentists primarily located in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1911 by Thomas P. Hinman, the Society is dedicated to the advancement of its membership through outstanding educational and professional development opportunities, as well as promoting the high practice standards of the field of dentistry through public advocacy and outreach.

Each year, the Society hosts the annual Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting, which exists to provide the best possible continuing dental education, not just for the dentists, but also the whole dental team. The program addresses the needs of general dentists, specialists, hygienists, assistants, front office staff and students.

The meeting has developed a reputation for devotion to detail and hospitality that has continued to grow through the years with every meeting. These qualities are represented in the motto: “Devotion to detail is the secret of success.” The combination of outstanding education and hospitality ensures the position of the Hinman Dental Meeting as one of the premier dental programs in the country.

The Hinman meeting was designed by Dr. Thomas P. Hinman in 1911 for serious-minded educational purposes. The meeting continued over the years with the reputation for devotion to detail and hospitality and coined the motto: Devotion to detail is the secret of success.

With the Hinman meeting over 100 years strong, the goal is still the same. Today the focus is providing the best possible continuing dental education. The focus is not only for dentist but also, the whole dental team.