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Valentine’s Day Trivia from Your Cupertino Dentist

Posted Feb 12 2013 5:32pm

Valentine’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in America. In fact, this holiday comes in second to Christmas for greeting card purchases. Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day has a long history in western civilization. Dr. Randall LaFrom and our staff have composed some fun trivia for our readers in honor of Valentine’s Day. We would like to wish everyone in our community a wonderful day with their sweethearts.

  • According to legend, there was a Bishop in Rome under Claudius’ rule that performed marriage ceremonies in secret against Roman decree. Some believe his last name was Valentine.
  • Ancient Romans celebrated a feast on February 14th, in honor of Juno (the goddess of women and marriage).
  • The expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve” dates back to the Middle Ages. School-aged boys and girls would draw names from a bucket for their valentine. They would then wear the name of their valentine pinned to their sleeves.
  • In 1537, King Henry VII declared February 14th as the official holiday for Valentine’s Day in England.
  • Venus, the Roman Goddess of love, had a favorite flower: the red rose.
  • Most roses sold on Valentine’s Day in the United States are imported from South America.
  • Seventy three percent of flowers purchased on Valentine’s Day are by men.
  • Fifteen percent of women send themselves flowers on this day.
  • Around $1 billion dollars will be spent for Valentine’s Day on chocolate.
  • Aside from the United States, France, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Italy are some other countries that celebrate Valentine’s Day.
  • Many people become self-conscious about their smile around this time of year. In fact, many patients contact our office for smile enhancements such as teeth whitening prior to celebrating Valentine’s Day.

A simple dental cleaning can remove surface stains and leave your teeth feeling immaculately clean. We also provide effective in-office whitening to brighten your smile in under an hour. If you’re looking to improve your smile before Valentine’s Day, call our Cupertino dentist office at (408) 996-8595 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients from Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Campbell, San Jose, Cupertino, and Santa Clara County.


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