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November 23, 2016
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Given the Holiday season, We'll take a break from the usual dental facts and give you some fun Thanksgiving facts that you may not have known!  Enjoy!


1)    The famous pilgrim celebration at Plymouth Colony Massachusetts in 1621 is traditionally regarded as the first American Thanksgiving. However, there are actually 12 claims to where the “first” Thanksgiving took place: two in Texas, two in Florida, one in Maine, two in Virginia, and five in Massachusetts.

2)    The turkeys typically depicted in Thanksgiving pictures are not the same as the domestic turkeys most people eat at Thanksgiving. Domestic turkeys usually weigh twice as much and are too large to fly.

3)    Americans eat roughly 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving!  That's a LOT of turkey!

4)    Thanksgiving is an amalgam of different traditions, including ancient harvest festivals, the religious New England Puritan Thanksgiving, the traditional harvest celebrations of England and New England, and changing political and ideological assumptions of Native Americans.

5)     President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving holiday in 1863.  Since then, Thanksgiving has been observed annually.

6)    In 2007, George W. Bush granted a pardon to two turkeys named May and Flower. The tradition of pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys began in 1947, though Abraham Lincoln is said to have informally started the practice when he pardoned his son’s pet turkey.

7)    When President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the next-to-last Thursday in November to prolong the holiday shopping season, many Republicans rebelled. The holiday was temporarily celebrated on different dates: November 30 became the “Republican Thanksgiving” and November 23 was “Franksgiving” or “Democrat Thanksgiving.”

8)    In 1920, Gimbels department store in Philadelphia held a parade with about 50 people and Santa Claus bringing up the rear. The parade is now known as the 6abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade and is the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade.

9)    Established in 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ties for second as the oldest Thanksgiving parade. The Snoopy balloon has appeared in the parade more often than any other character. More than 44 million people watch the parade on TV each year and 3 million attend in person.

10)    Considered the "Mother of Thanksgiving," Sara Hale (1788-1879) was an influential editor and writer who urged President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of thanksgiving. She selected the last Thursday in November because, as she said, harvests were done, elections were over, and summer travelers were home. She also believed a national thanksgiving holiday would unite Americans in the midst of dramatic social and industrial change and “awaken in Americans’ hearts the love of home and country, of thankfulness to God, and peace between brethren."

11)    Thanksgiving Day is actually the busiest travel day, even more so than the day before Thanksgiving, as most people believe.

12)    The Friday after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday largely because stores hope the busy shopping day will take them out of the red and into positive profits. Black Friday has been a tradition since the 1930s.

13)     Native Americans used cranberries, now a staple Thanksgiving dish, for cooking as well as medicinal purposes!

14)    Turkey contains an amino acid that makes you sleepy—however, it’s the combination of that AND all the carbs and fats we consume that leave us all napping on the couch after our Thanksgiving meals!

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

                                           -Dr. Vaughn and the Pure Dental Team


Woodbridge Family Dentistry 22191, 22192, 22193

Here at Pure Dental we care about each and every one of our patients individually.  Here are a few reviews from some satisfied patients:


The staff is very professional and considerate. Kristin, one of the hygientists, is very attentive to the care and comfort of her patients. Dr. Vaughn has spared nothing to ensure his clients are well informed and provided the best technology available. In the waiting room is a flat screen that plays new dental procedures which most are unaware. Individual patient areas have additional flat screens, the chairs are massage therapeutic, the dental tools use high pressure water and occasionally dental probes for stubborn tarter. They use X-rays to ensure that you, as a patient, know exactly what your teeth look like. They can show these to you on the flat screens. I've never been to a more professionally run and operated dental facility. Pure Dental sets the bar high for other dentists to try and follow.  

-Robert C.


I always feel comfortable and at home At Pure Dental. My experience from dental cleanings to Invisalign follow ups are always pleasant, personable and professional. I feel like the entire staff knows my name and goes out of their way to deliver fast, quality dental care.  -Latavia L.


I have not seen a dentist in a long time. My first contact was over the phone with Tomika. She assured me that I was in good hands. Jennifer took care of me during my check-in and Kristin, the dental hygienist was the absolute best! She took time to listen to me and learn about my dental history. She explained to me what she was going to do before it was done. She made my visit pleasurable. Dr. Vaughn was outstanding and I look forward to my return to the office to speak with re my assessment. Thanks to the entire team for placing me at ease.  -Juanita S.


I am 62 years old and I have lived in several states and have experienced good and not so good dentists. The Pure Dental Practice, hands down, has provided the best dental experience I've ever had. The receptionists are professional and pleasant, the office is bright, fresh, and calming. The doctor and his wife are knowledgeable, thorough and just a joy to be around. I look forward and don't mind the hour it takes me to get to their office. I couldn't be more pleased with Pure Dental.  -Alicia B.


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