February 9 - International Day of the Dentist in Russia
International Day of the Dentist (English International Day of Dentist) - a professional holiday of dentists and dentists, which is celebrated around the globe annually, on February 9.
History and celebration Despite the fact that dentistry is one of the oldest branches of medicine (excavations in the Pakistani province of Balochistan revealed the remains of people who lived 7 - 5,5 thousand years BC, in their teeth were drilled almost ideal holes of 1-3 mm in diameter and depth to 3,5 mm), Day of the dentist is a relatively young professional holiday.
The date of celebrating the International Day of the Dentist was not chosen by chance. The holiday of dentists (a dentist - as a specialty - is received in medical schools, now colleges for 2 and a half years, and a dentist is higher, in universities, for 5 years without mandatory internships) is celebrated on the day of the Catholic Church's honoring of the Christian martyr Apollonia of Alexandria , Which terrible torture tried to force to renounce Christianity. Attributes of St. Apollonia, according to the nature of the torment, were teeth or forceps. The holy woman withstood everything, and when she was threatened with execution at the stake (February 9, 249), she herself stepped into the flames. Since then, there is a belief that it is worth saying: "Santa Apollonia!", And the toothache will recede.
In the Russian Federation this holiday is celebrated only a few years, but every year the International Day of the Dentist is gaining increasing popularity.
In a number of countries on this day, officials and patients congratulate doctors-dentists on their professional holiday. International Dentist's Day is not a day off.