This Saturday, our Chicago River will be dyed green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Many Irish-Americans have strong roots in our area, and we hope that our patients enjoy a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day celebration. In honor of this special day, Dr. James Fondriest wants to give you some trivia and helpful tips to keep your mouth healthy this weekend.
St. Patrick’s Day Trivia
- Historians believe that St. Patrick was born to a wealthy family in what is now Great Britain.
- As a teenager, St. Patrick was kidnapped and sent to Ireland to work as a slave. After enduring six years in slavery, his escape prompted his conversion to Christianity.
- St. Patrick spent the remainder of his life converting the Irish to Christianity and is now venerated as the patron saint of Ireland.
- According to Irish legend, St. Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the theological concept of the Trinity.
- The shamrock is now associated with Irish heritage.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held during the Revolutionary War in New York City.
St. Patrick’s Day Oral Health Tips
When you’re enjoying a night on the town at your favorite pubs, remember to drink water throughout the night. Beer and other alcoholic beverages are acidic and may damage your tooth enamel. Drinking water helps balance the pH level in your saliva, which naturally cleans your teeth. When you return home from St. Patrick’s Day festivities, don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly!