​ Teaching your child to brush and floss. Some tips.

The tooth fairy legend is believed to have begun in the United States in the early 1900's. This custom has remained popular, and even today, many parents search for fun and creative ideas about how to use the tooth fairy story to celebrate the loss of a child's baby teeth.

What does the tooth fairy do with all those teeth? 

Some say that tooth fairies are building a giant castle for their queen from the cleanest and most well cared for teeth, while bad teeth are ground down for paving stones. This may be why the tooth fairy leaves more money for some teeth than others. Your tooth fairy letter can hint that if your child wants a bonus under her pillow, brushing thoroughly twice a day is a good way to earn it.

What is the average gift per tooth?

Inflation has hit the tooth fairy. The average was $3 per tooth in 2012. But other sources say the average is $1 per tooth. Age is a factor with parents 18-24 giving $5 per tooth.

No matter what your family's preferred tooth fairy looks like, tooth fairies all leave behind a gift when they collect a tooth. There are other fun alternatives. Regardless, it's just a fun tradition to have.

Did you know the Ludwig family's tooth fairy was named Dentina?

Why? Teeth are made of enamel and dentIn.


                            THE TOOTH FAIRY

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​Baby teeth usually come in around six months, although some come in as early as four month. Regular tooth brushing and flossing aren't necessary before this. 

                    However, infants have special oral health needs, 

including protecting them from baby bottle decay and making sure they get fluoride.

What is Baby Bottle Decay and How Can I Prevent It?
Baby bottle decay is caused by liquids containing sugars, including milk, formula, and fruit juices. These sugary liquids pool around the teeth for a long time when your baby sleeps with the bottle still in the mouth or the liquids not swallowed. This causes cavities to develop in the upper and lower front teeth.

Instead, give your child a bottle filled with water. If you breast-feed, don't let the baby nurse continuously. And after each feeding, wipe your baby's teeth and gums with a clean, damp washcloth or a gauze pad.

What is Fluoride and How Do I Know if My Baby is Getting the Right Amount?
Fluoride is beneficial even before your child's teeth begin to show. It strengthens the tooth enamel as the teeth are forming. In some cities, like Grand Rapids, the right amount of fluoride is added to the water for proper tooth development. You can call your local water company to find out if fluoride is added to your water. If not, ask your pediatrician or dentist about fluoride drops that can be given to your baby daily. If you use bottled water for drinking and cooking, be sure to tell your doctor or dentist. They may prescribe fluoride supplements for the baby.

                          INFANT ORAL CARE