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All of us at Preston Family Dentistry want to take a moment to wish you a safe and restful Labor Day.

For most of us Labor Day symbolizes the end of the summer season. It’s also a reminder that this is absolutely the last day of the year to get away with wearing white. Which raises the question about what dentists, dental hygienists and their assistants did in the olden days when white was the dental uniform of the day (as in the picture)? Did they feel shame the rest of the year until white was allowed back into the wardrobe the following spring? Did they apologize to their patients for half a year?

Back to Labor Day. There are some disagreements as to it’s origin. In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York. Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire, of the American Federation of Labor, in May 1882 after he witnessed the annual Labour Festival held in Toronto, Canada. Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.

But we digress. Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday. Thank you for being part of the Preston Family Dentistry family!