We are all familiar with what happens when a child loses a tooth. The child places the tooth under their pillow when they go to bed that night, and while they sleep, the Tooth Fairy comes to collect the tooth leaving money or a small gift in exchange.
Have you ever wondered why the Tooth Fairy does this? What is her motivation? Why has she dedicated her life to the pursuit of good oral hygiene?
Wonder no more…Spannhake Orthodontics asked the hard-hitting questions to uncover the truth.
It was so long ago…the Tooth Fairy can’t remember exactly when, but she always knew that teeth where very important. “Teeth help you chew food, speak clearly, and they make you feel good about yourself”, says the Tooth Fairy. “When you take care of your teeth you are rewarded with a beautiful smile.”
Beautiful smiles are contagious and smiling can improve your mood and the mood of people around you. If you have a smile you can be proud of, you’re more likely to show it off. “That’s why I do what I do. Getting from house to house isn’t easy, but this is a labor of love. If I can help just one more person show off their smile, than it’s all worth it.”
That said, the Tooth Fairy wants to be very clear…she is only interested in teeth in pristine condition. Her message: Children should brush for two minutes twice a day and they should floss regularly. She also wants to stress the importance of eating healthy foods. The Tooth Fairy did admit to us that she does think candy, sodas and juices taste great, but she knows that these sugary foods can be harmful to your teeth and your orthodontic appliances, so she tries to steer clear of these tempting treats herself.
Starting good oral hygiene habits when we’re young will only help us when we age. “If you don’t keep your teeth clean, plaque can build up along your gumline, creating an environment for additional bacteria to accumulate.” Left unchecked, these bacteria can lead to a more serious gum infection and may eventually cause irreparable damage to your jawbone and support structures, leading to tooth loss.
- Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss regularly.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals.
- Use dental products that contain fluoride.
- Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse (if instructed by your dentist).