Acid, in it’s purest form, can melt things. You’ve seen it in sci-fi films. In a lemon, acid has a less severe effect, but most assuredly enough it still has an impact of eroding your teeth over time; especially if consumed in conjunction with other highly-acidic food choices, the effect will be one you’ll see before long.
What is enamel erosion?
There are four layers that make up your physical tooth. The pulp (the innermost portion and has connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, which nourish the tooth) is the deepest. The dentin that surrounds the pulp is hard as bone, and gives teeth their yellowish tint. The enamel (the hardest tissue in the body, covering the dentin and protecting other layers of your teeth from harmful bacteria) changes in temperature based on what you eat. And then, cementum is under the gum line, and covers the root of the pulp and connects tooth to jawbone1.
So, this enamel surface of your teeth is a protective layer. If your enamel is worn away by erosion, the underlying dentin is vulnerable to plaque, bacteria, and the whole gamut that causes decay.
What causes tooth erosion?
There are a few key culprits of tooth erosion. If you’ve been feeling sensitive to food temperatures, sweets and other foods, you can be aware of these corrosive foods (and signs of erosion) to take corrective action.
Drum roll – the biggest offender to teeth erosions is….acid! Acid comes in many forms. No matter the form, though, exposing your teeth to it will leach calcium from your enamel, therefore causing it to weaken.
This holiday season, try to avoid the following:
Signs of tooth erosion:
In order to avoid dental problems like cracks, pain and decay in your teeth, it’s key that you pay attention for the following signs of erosion:
You won’t have teeth. That’s the worst case.
Up until then, you can lose one tooth, two teeth, or a lot of your teeth, because over the course of time, erosion can make them weak and then crack—weak teeth can then succumb to an attack of bacteria, which could lead to either an extraction, a root canal and later a crown, implant or bridge.
Tips to prevent erosion:
A healthy diet includes moderation in all things. We’re not here to deprive our patients of the finer things in life. That said, the following tips can help reduce chances of acid erosion to your teeth:
At the end of the day it’s all about moderation. How can you possibly avoid a glass of good ol’ bubbly on New Years Eve? Or that delicious glass of red wine Grandma paid a hundred dollars for? Or your friend’s “sinful and sour” cocktail recipe? Remember our tips on how to prevent the erosion, and be sure to schedule a post-holiday check in with your dentist to ensure everything is going good!
Till then, Happy Holidays from all of us here at the office of Dr. Marchbanks!
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There are a lot of new “norms” these days that still feel like something of the future. If you weren’t already aware, for example, the youngest generations thrive off of the “photo or it didn’t happen” mentality—which, interestingly enough, has people thinking more about their pearly whites this holiday season. Read: Photo evidence of a not-so-bright-smile.
But if you’re here, there was a reason behind your curiosity. Happily, we here at Dr. Marchbanks’ office in Arlington, TX strive to ensure that when you open that beautiful mouth, your picture-perfect smile it is exactly that: bright and beautiful.
There are only so many techniques to achieve said “bright” smile in accordance to your teeth, and we’re here to talk about your options. Overall, hydrogen peroxide is going to be the key agent in breaking down stains on your teeth and polishing your smile.
Read on to understand the processes and options of tooth-whitening that will best suit your case. And, of course, be sure to meet with us for a consultation to ensure you receive the very best care!
Who’s a candidate?
Overall, teeth-whitening is a very low-risk procedure, which means it can suit a lot of different needs. Generally, the best candidates have mild to moderate discoloration. The following factors may rule out a patient from treatment:
Types of whitening treatments
For candidates who are a good fit, the following options are all procedures a patient can use to whiten, dependent upon their budget:
At the end of the day, everyone’s results will be different depending on the severity of the stains, the layer of the tooth the stains are on, plus lifestyle and dietary habits, oral care habits, the type of teeth-whitening system used, the number of treatments and consistent follow-up care.
We urge you to inquire here at our Arlington, Texas office about the best option for your case. When it comes to take that family holiday photo, you won’t have to be the one looking awkward or bashful, but instead boastful and beautiful!
via Blogger The Biggest, Brightest Smile
Driving around to see houses lit up in holiday lights is a time-honored tradition in many families. The twinkle of hundreds of thousands of tiny lights brings out the child in all of us.
If you’re looking for more than just your average neighborhood light display this year, then you’ve come to the right place. We have scoured the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex for the most awe-inducing spectacles in 2017! Grab your coat and gloves, or if it is a typical North Texas Christmas, a light fleece, and venture out to these family-friendly exhibits!
Historic Grapevine Light Displays
There’s a reason Grapevine is considered the “Christmas Capital of Texas.” With three different nights dedicated to decking the halls, there’s no reason to miss out on the excitement. While the Christmas tree at City Hall is lit just after Thanksgiving, there’s still time to catch the Parade of Lights and the Twinkle Light Boat Parade.
The Parade of Lights in is the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas, and will feature more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. If that isn’t enough, head to Lake Grapevine to watch boats decked out in holiday décor, and a lights parade from the Twin Coves Marina to Silver Lake Marina. Each event is free and open to the public.
Sparkling Nights in Addison
Walk off those extra holiday pounds by wandering around the Vitruvian Park’s holiday spectacle in Addison. Twelve acres of the park have been decorated with twinkling lights that are just begging to be explored. Weekends in December will also feature food trucks, live music, and holiday shopping villages. Bring the kids for free pictures with Santa, and to visit with the local police and fire department, too!
Gift of Lights in Fort Worth
Ever dream of hitting the Texas Motor Speedway? Well, here’s your opportunity! Cruise around the raceway through the Gift of Lights, and experience over 150 new light displays this year. At the end of the tour, explore Santa’s Village for family-friendly activities, including photos with Santa. Admission is $25 per car; however, if you bring an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots, you receive a $5 discount. The event benefits multiple local charities, and is open daily from 6pm-10pm.
Christmas in the Square – Frisco
Head to Frisco Square to experience the largest choreographed holiday lights and music display in North Texas. Running daily from 6pm-10pm, visitors can bask in the glow of over 175,000 lights on display. To put this number in perspective, it takes over 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords to pull off this show. If you’re longing for a white Christmas, you can even experience “snow flurries” every fifteen minutes in the Square on Fridays and Saturdays. And, finally, test your skating skills on the outdoor rink!
Prairie Lights – Grand Prairie
Drive through more than four MILLION lights sets along a two-mile path at the Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie. Halfway through the drive, hop out of the car to wander around the Holiday Village that features food, gifts, a snow maze and lighted forest.
After enjoying the stopover, you get back in the car to experience the grand finale of the display, including an animated light tunnel. Bring the kids to snap a photo with Santa as well. Purchase tickets online to save $5 off admission per vehicle.
The North Texas region is full of holiday cheer this year! No matter where you live in the metroplex, there is a holiday light spectacular nearby. Didn’t see one of your favorites on our list? Leave us a comment and tell us where else we should check out!
via Blogger North Texas Holiday Lights—2017!
Think you’ll be on the dental “naught” or “nice” list this year? Have you been taking care of your smile? Or, maybe, have you been skipping out on…say, flossing for a while? Have you forgotten to buy the mouthwash? Or, have you been eating too many sweets, and not brushing before bed?
Have you heard someone mention that using all of your dental benefits would be wise to do before the year is up? But, what odes that really mean?
Whether your new to the dental benefits game, or well versed in it, we’re here to shed a little light on the topic, especially for younger generations.
And, for the sake of staying within our dental realm, we’ll be talking about benefits when it comes to dental coverage—separate from medical benefits, or eye coverage benefits, etc. Luckily, your mouth is a pretty straightforward topic. Though, we might be biased.
So, how’s it work?
Both you and your employer pay up-front costs to buy a dental plan, typically on the first of the year (or whenever you begin a plan). If you don’t use all of the perks you pay for throughout the year. then you basically waste the money.
That’s right, your benefits are prorated throughout the year. So even if you don’t see money coming out of your pocket come the end of the month, money that you’ve already spent will have been spent for naught. If you haven’t gotten your last cleaning in for the year, or if you have ANY aches or pains (or changes in dry mouth, breath, etc.) that you haven’t gotten checked out, this is your last chance to make an appointment and get in this year!
This is why we want to stress understanding your dental insurance policies.
Most dental insurance providers offer different levels of plans: preventive, basic and major. From those coverage options, you pick the one you can afford, or the one that’s best suited to your needs.
Capitalize on your allotted perks like check-ups, cleanings, and other procedures you might need. You’ve been paying for it throughout the year, so don’t be left with nothing to show!
You just have to call our office and make the appointment.
Our reception desk here at Dr. Marchbanks’s office knows this stuff backwards and forwards, and will be happy to help you better understand your plan and how to get your smile sparkling, whether in your regular preventative or reparatory appointments.
So, if you want to make the “nice” list this year, and give shining smiles this holiday season, make sure to play smart and book any last minute 2017 benefits appointments now!
via Blogger Why You Should Be Sure To Cash In On Your 2017 Dental Benefits—NOW
There’s a lot of information being fed to you when you find out you’re pregnant. The goal is not to lose sight of some of the most foundational aspects of what keeps you healthy, and what keeps the baby healthy. And, just like when you’re not pregnant, having a healthy mouth during pregnancy means more than just the health of your smile. Particularly when you’re pregnant, hormones can throw quite the wrench in some of the things that normally work for your body—and then all of a sudden, you’re dealing with sensitive gums and teeth that feel like they might fall out!
Here at Dr. Marchbank’s office, we wanted to compile a few informative bits and facts that can help you understand the implications of your preventative dental health care when you’re expecting.
We’d like to first point out the obvious: be sure to continue caring for your teeth as did before you found out about the baby! Brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, use fluoride toothpaste, use mouthwash, see your dentist regularly—and most definitely when you become pregnant. Pay special attention to your gum line, where the accumulation of bacteria and plaque can lead to gum problems and disease. Lastly, talk with your dentist about when to schedule a checkup during your pregnancy; the best time is usually during your second trimester.
Perhaps surprisingly, 1 in 5 premature births in the U.S. can be linked to (and predicted by) gum disease. Crazy, right? The best you can do to prevent this is to keep your routine consistent, even after a late-night craving is satisfied!
What’s more, even after birth, children are most susceptible to bacteria that can cause dental decay or gum disease from the age of 18-36 months, when moms tend to share cups or “clean” pacifiers and bottles with their own mouth. In general, it’s best to air on the safe side with sharing, as infections can occur at any time. Your baby’s teeth that develop in the womb include the roots and foundation of the teeth that will be with them for the rest of their life.
Be sure to maintain a balanced diet. Foods that are processed or sugary will increase your chances of developing gum disease and cavities—and you don’t want to have to undergo treatment while you’re busy getting ready for the baby. We all know, and absolutely understand, that snacking while pregnant will be part of the deal, so when you do have unusual food cravings, be sure to stay mindful to brush afterword…especially when snacking late at night and then going back to bed.
Outside of what’s taking place with your own teeth, you’ll want to consider the type of nutrients you are taking in for your child’s early-developing teeth. Your baby’s teeth begin to develop in the womb at 3-6 months, so sufficient quantities of vitamins A, C, and D, protein, calcium, folic acid and phosphorous help set your child up to have a healthy mouth for life. Without writing a whole other article on the topic, we suggest eating a variety of healthy foods, foods low in sugar and drinking a lot of water and milk as great ways to ensure a healthy baby and minimal calcium loss for your and baby’s teeth.
Morning sickness can be a very real experience for some women. And with that experience comes the unpleasant reality of vomiting. If this happens, be sure to only swish your mouth with water immediately after to rinse the acid out that enters your mouth, which can erode the enamel of your teeth and lead to tooth decay. Try to wait a good 20-30 minutes to brush with toothpaste, as rinsing and spitting with water can help neutralize acidity and brushing can actually press acid into your tooth enamel. Lastly, if the mere smell of your toothpaste is unthinkable, try a milder or different flavor, and if worse comes to worse use baking soda, water and a toothbrush until the sickness dissipates.
The first and third trimester are not always the best times to be seen by your dentist. The first trimester your baby is beginning to develop, and you don’t want to introduce any unneeded stress that could cause you trouble. The third trimester you are approaching giving birth, and you wouldn’t want to introduce stress that could cause you to go into premature labor. So, if you need to have any X-rays or (emergency only) dental work done, you’ll want to do it in your second trimester if possible.
The ADA (American Dental Association) and the ACOG (American College of Radiology) both agree that no single diagnostic x-ray has a radiation dose significant enough to cause adverse effects in a developing embryo or fetus, with appropriate shielding.1
Nothing is more miraculous or precious than waiting for your baby to come. And, for some, nothing could be scarier. Ensuring you are healthy during your pregnancy is the surest way to ensure your baby can be born healthy. And just as we here at Dr. Marchbank’s office say that the crux of your health begins in your mouth, we believe that the health of your baby begins with the health of your own mouth during pregnancy.
via Blogger Caring For Your Smile When You’re Expecting
Here at the office of Dr. Mark Marchbanks, we are Arlington proud and wanted to compile a list of things we love about this city in light of this week of thanks.
With a population of 392,772 and an average age of 33, there are plenty of reasons why this city is succeeding, and why we plan to keep healthy roots here. (Get it?) Read on to see what we’ll be saying over our Thanksgiving feasts that we’re grateful for!
With a stadium that can fit more than a quarter of the Arlington population in its seats, the home turf of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium—and our beloved Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park, along with the other 10 plus stadiums and arenas in town—are something we’re hugely grateful for. And we can’t forget Six Flags Over Texas! We are thankful to have such stellar sports stars and amenities in our town.
We love our parks! Arlington boasts over 90 award-winning public parks, including a Frisbee golf course, TWO dog parks, THREE skateboard parks (with four more on the way!), FOUR golf courses, SIX pools, and SEVEN recreation centers. We also have 10 miles of mountain bike trails, 26 tennis courts and another 56 paved trails! With an average of 235 sunny days a year, and our tolerable “humid subtropical” climate, we are grateful to have so many beautiful options to keep us in shape, healthy, and happy.
Not only have 5 restaurants in our city been featured on Diners, Dives and Drive Ins (Jamaican Gates, Prince Lebanese Grill, Chop House Burgers, Taste of Europe & Twisted Root), but Arlington at large is an international and local food epicenter. There are over 200 locally-owned restaurants, dozens of international markets, plus Mexican, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Indian, Traditional American, Italian cuisine and more. This makes our bellies and taste buds very thankful!
Arlington was ranked one of America’s best places to live last year. And yet, for all this luxury and entertainment, Arlington can still be entirely affordable. According to Zillow, the average cost of a purchased home is $182,400, lower than the DFW metro average, making it possible for first-time homebuyers or retirees to settle here in Arlington.
What would the good life in Arlington be without the employment opportunities for everyone to live comfortably? Not only is the job market in Arlington stable, but the ability to get anywhere within the city by car in 30 minutes makes that work-life balance a real life possibility, and gives hope to those Texas residents with that good ol’ American Dream.
200 family-friendly neighborhoods in Arlington participated in the 4th largest U.S. turnout of the “National Night Out of #meetoneneighbor” on October 6, 2015. If that’s not proof of neighbors that care, then we don’t know what is! We’re just grateful to have such warm and loving people surrounding us and our families.
The Arlington Independent School District boasts 10 high schools, 11 junior high schools and 55 elementary schools, along with private and charter school options. And let’s not forget our three higher-education institutions: UT Arlington (known for it’s research, training and development), Arlington Baptist College, and Tarrant County College Southeast Campus.
Living 30 minutes or less from wherever you need to be in Arlington, plus the city’s bike share program, mini transit system, two airports and two major interstates, Arlington comfortably sits between Fort Worth and Dallas with easy mobility for wherever you need to go. Nobody likes traffic, and we are grateful to deal with as little of it as possible!
We here at the office of Dr. Marchbanks love a diverse and growing community, and Arlington is a prime example of that. Our very own UTA is ranked as one of the nation’s most diverse college campuses in the U.S., representing 123 countries as well as students from every state in the nation.
From the low cost of business, plus the incentive packages offered, to favorable tax rates and how the locals opt to support local businesses, Arlington’s economic advantages are hard to ignore. Things like Capital Bikeshare (bicycling through the city) or using the Metro, demonstrate a desirable infrastructure of sustainable business and commercial movement that we enjoy.
What are you giving thanks for this Thanksgiving? Comment below and share what you love about our Arlington!
via Blogger Things We’re Thankful For In Arlington, Texas
Have you ever been sitting in an interview and either felt like you forgot to check your teeth beforehand, or forgot to brush them, or—worse yet—felt unable to kick off a meeting with even a single smile?
It’s a challenge for millions of Americans, and it certainly isn’t fair, but people with a “serious look” (or a specific lack of natural smiles) can struggle greatly in their professional lives, even finding themselves without a job offer they’re otherwise qualified for.
So, what’s the psychology behind this insufferable truth that being “too serious” has a direct impact on your ability to thrive professionally?
Let’s review the science first…
When you experience anything that brings about positive, uplifting vibes, neurons travel through the cortex of your brain, signaling the muscles around the mouth to show those pearly whites. A smile is our natural reaction to joy, amusement, and contentment.
Once this reaction begins, a truly genuine smile can be observed elsewhere in the face, such as the crinkle around your eyes. Or, ever hear someone say that a person has a “sparkle” in his or her eyes? This is our way of recognizing a genuine smile over a fake one.
Simply put, your ability to effortlessly, unabashedly and genuinely smile makes you a more likable person. And it goes without saying that being more likable can in turn help you get a job or make a career…all because of that ability to smile assuredly.
Smiling at people makes them feel good about you – it’s one of the most fundamental human reward signals that displays friendliness, trustworthiness and honesty.
Ways a smile can improve your professional life
Much of the time, patients steer clear of smiling when they feel they have “bad teeth.” When a person who doesn’t feel confident about their smile does face the underlying health issues, or seeks the cosmetic dental treatments, they can finally begin to move past the trauma and on to a successful and more self-assured professional life.
So, how does that genuine smile improve your professional life? Below, we’ve listed a few ways in which it can improve certain areas of your life, including professional, and what the effects of the change would bring:
How to live a better personal life with an enhanced smile
Some of the ways in which patients often pursue a more confident and healthier smile, thereafter reporting improvements in their social and professional lives, include:
We here at Dr. Marchbanks’s office want you to feel confident and to thrive in your professional life! Call us today, and we’ll be more than happy to make your smile reflect how you really feel on the inside.
Prevention is always better than the cure – so make sure you practice good oral hygiene. The better you take care of your teeth, the less damage control you’ll need to do later on.
via Blogger How Your Smile—Or Lack Thereof—Affects You Professionally
John Smith was 15 years old when he needed to have his impacted wisdom teeth extracted. Unfortunately, his dental office didn’t tell him that he couldn’t eat before coming in, which meant they could not sedate him when he arrived.
Instead, the office used a combination of novocain and laughing gas to prep him for the extraction. However, when going in to remove John’s wisdom teeth, the dentist forgot to deliver novocain to the 4th quadrant of John’s mouth, leading to an experience that would leave John fearing every dental appointment thereafter.
An estimated 40 million Americans seriously fear the dentist, according to a recent Columbia University College of Dental Medicine survey.1
This statistic is compelling when we consider the consequences of avoiding the dentist, which is the natural reaction to this fear. Many patients don’t realize that the rest of the body will not remain unaffected if they ignore their oral health. Teeth and gums share tissue, nerves and blood with other parts of the body, which means that good oral hygiene is essential to good overall health.
So, where does dental anxiety come from? And how can you get past it?
Dental anxiety and where it comes from:
Pain is as much a cognitive (thinking) experience as it is an emotional one. In order for the entire dental office experience to be pleasant, there are precautionary steps you can take to not only prepare, but also to allow the dentist and staff to understand where you are emotionally with the visit.
Reducing dental anxiety can actually increase a person’s pain threshold, and lead to greater trust of your dentist. Plus, you’ll have a healthier mouth, and a much more positive outlook on dentistry and oral health in general.
Some of the ways that we here at Dr. Marchbank’s office help in lowering the stress of a dentist visit are:
If dealing with the anxiety of getting in to see the dentist is the biggest problem you face as our patient, then we’ll be thankful knowing that your experience at Dr. Marchbank’s office will be exactly the positive reaffirmation you need!
via Blogger The List: Stress-Free Dentist Visits
According to the Internet (and to Dr. Marchbanks, here to tell you how it really is), there are a plethora of ways to make mistakes when brushing your teeth. Putting that toothbrush in your mouth at the very least is a step in the right direction, so don’t feel bad if you’re a “consistent-but-bad” brusher. But if you’re reading this, you might already suspect that you’re not doing it all to perfection.
Read on to see how to keep heading in the right direction to teeth brushing like a pro.
#1 Using your toothbrush for too long (time wise):
Yes, it IS possible to brush too long. Why? Two words: gum damage. Too much abrasion against the gums can lead to sensitivity and deterioration.
#2 Using your toothbrush too long (consumer wise):
Using your toothbrush longer than 3 months and not tossing it is TOO long. Make sure to replace it, or the bristles will be packed with exactly the bacteria you’re trying to brush off every day.
#3 Using wrong toothbrush:
Have you spoken with Dr. Marchbanks about what type of toothbrush is best for your teeth and gums? It’s worth asking at your next visit! You wouldn’t want to be using something with too firm of bristles—or not firm enough.
#4 Rinsing your mouth with water after brushing your teeth:
Did you know that when you rinse with water, it cuts down on the fluoride’s efficiency? Try to rinse with a mouthwash that contains fluoride, and wait 30 minutes before eating or drinking.
#5 Storing your toothbrush in the bathroom:
You want to keep your toothbrush clean? Imagine that! It should be no surprise that germs can grow on the brush you’re using to clean AWAY those same germs. Clean your brush thoroughly with water when you’re finished with it each day. And then, store the brush in a cabinet or a cup with a cap around the bristles.
#6 Not flossing:
Calcified deposits develop in those crevices that the toothbrush won’t reach. The plaque needs to be removed, so find a time of day that works to get your flossing in if you’re so convinced there isn’t time when you brush. If it helps, remember that statistics have shown a correlation with people who floss being more successful. We can buy into that.
#7 Forgetting the tongue:
There are bacteria crawling all over your tongue, too—which is also one of the biggest culprits of bad breath. Some toothbrushes come with a tongue scraper on the opposite side. It might feel strange at first, but nothing beats fresh breath and a healthy, clean and pink tongue (especially in time for mistletoe).
#8 Incorrect techniques or motions:
Be sure not to start in the same place each time you move in to brush. Brush in circular motions, and make sure you’re reaching those molars. Don’t just brush back and forth, either. And finally, make contact with both the teeth and gum lines!
#9 Brushing your teeth more than twice a day:
You really only need to brush twice a day. Any more than that, and we approach “brushing too long” again.
#10 Wait 30 minutes after a meal to brush your teeth:
Once upon a time, there was a girl who would brush her teeth immediately after a meal so she wouldn’t eat any more—and, for some reason, she developed sensitive gums. Why? Brushing your teeth straight after a meal can actually damage your teeth, since the pH-level in your mouth is lower than normal, making brushing overly-abrasive with higher levels of acid.
via Blogger How Many of these Top-10 Tooth-brushing Mistakes Are You Making?
In modern day America, on October 31st we celebrate what has long been referred to as Halloween…a “celebration” that dates back as far as 2,000 years ago to Celtic history.
Long, long ago in what is now Ireland, Scotland and the United Kingdom, there was a festival celebrated on November 1st called “Samhain” (pronounced: sow-in), where Celtic farmers honored the change in seasons, the summer’s end, and remembered the deceased. Because they believed that the deceased returned as ghosts on the night before Samhain, the people of the Celtic regions took part in traditions—or more like superstitions—that helped ward off the more troubled spirits during this time. Some of these traditions were to leave food and wine on the front porch, or wear masks when people left the house so that they’d be mistaken for fellow ghosts.
In the 8th century, because of how recognized the Samhain festival was throughout the region, the Christian church made the day an official holiday called “All Hallows’ Day,” therefore turning the night before into “All Hallows’ Eve.”
Now, one might wonder how the term Halloween itself came about (but you’ve probably seen the connection). When looking to Christian etymology, we can see Halloween, or its “Hallowe’en” origin, date back to approximately 1745. In Scottish, the word “eve” is even, and the dialect’s contraction turns even into e’en or een; and “hallowe’en” means “hallowed evening,” which gave us Halloween!
When the potato famine hit Ireland in the mid 19th century, the Irish fled to America for food and prosperity. With them they brought their traditions, like making jack-o-lanterns, “souling,” and “guising.” The modern-day Jack-o-lantern came about due to the combination of trying to ward off spirits and from children spooking people in graveyards.
Modern day trick-or-treating gets its infamy from “souling” and “guising.” Souling was where the needy would beg for pastries known as “soul cakes,” and in return they would pray for the giver’s deceased relatives. Guising was where young people would dress in costumes and sing, recite poetry or tell jokes in exchange for food, wine and or other offerings.
Fast forward 150+ years, and we have an American institution. To date, Halloween is a 6-billion-dollar industry where nearly 120 million children and adults in the United States participate in dressing up. And another fun fact: almost 12% of Americans dress up their pet on Halloween, too.
As you may well know, modern day festivities include parades, bobbing for apples, trick-or-treating, cooking, costumes, and best of all…pumpkin patch-going, picking and carving!
Speaking of pumpkins, they’re native to Central America, and now grow on six different continents in approximately 30 different varieties! The most common type of pumpkin used for carving is called the “Connecticut Field Pumpkin.”
Pumpkins are related to the gourd family, which includes: cucumbers, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, zucchini and watermelon…among others. They also are a very well-rounded source of nutrients containing: potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, phytosterols, beta-carotenes, carotenoids, tryptophan, fiber, protein and more.
Whether you’re in it for the bag of candy or for the delicious foods that get prepared at the festivities, or for the extravagant costumes and pumpkin carving, Halloween is a holiday that simultaneously speaks to mortality and celebrates the living moment and nearness of family—and warmth of tradition!
via Blogger The History of Halloween
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