1. It’s Tax Time: Invest In Your Oral Health

    April 17, 2014

    Tax time, invest in your oral health 4.17April 15 has come and gone and if you’re like most people, you have evened your score with the U.S. government. If you’re expecting to get a few bucks back from your tax return this year, why not invest in your oral health? No matter the size of your refund, there’s something you can nab to make your smile sparkle. (more…)

  2. Have a Happy – and Healthy – Easter!

    April 15, 2014

    Lovely Mature Couple Enjoying Food in a RestaurantDo you wake up with visions of chocolate bunnies, jellybeans and sugary Peeps on Easter Sunday? This year, try celebrating a healthier holiday instead with these delicious and nutritious recipes. (more…)

  3. Why Calcium is Essential for Childhood Growth

    April 8, 2014

    Elementary KidsYour mom gave you a lot of wise advice when you were growing up, but one bit of wisdom holds especially true: Drink your milk! (more…)

  4. Oral Cancer Risk Factor: Chew Tobacco

    April 3, 2014

    ChewTobacco 4.3Chewing tobacco and baseball went hand in hand in the late 1800s and early 1900s. However, after tobacco was proven to cause health issues in the 1960s, use among players declined. (more…)

  5. Crooked Teeth are No Laughing Matter

    April 1, 2014

    crooked teeeth 4.1In certain cultures, crooked teeth are considered cute and quirky. There are even dental offices in Japan that specialize in applying veneers to make perfectly straight teeth look less perfect.

    In reality, (more…)

  6. A Museum That Will Make You Smile

    March 27, 2014

    March3If you ever find yourself vacationing in the Washington, D.C. area, take a break from the usual tourist traps to brush up on your dental knowledge at a fun little stop in Baltimore.
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  7. Pre-Diabetes Puts Your Dental Health At Risk

    March 25, 2014

    woman_smilingAs research continues to emerge, we are learning how our oral health is connected to our overall health. Once considered to be a cosmetic issue, bad teeth have been implicated in a many diseases including heart disease and strokes.
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  8. Kick Butts Day: Teens & Tobacco Use

    March 20, 2014

    3.20 Kick Butts DayKick Butts Day is March 19, a national movement to help teens stop smoking. It’s especially important given that 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report that linked smoking to heart disease and cancer.
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  9. Dental Care for Special Needs Children

    March 13, 2014

    March1Special needs children often have special oral health needs. Children with developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and autism may be on special diets, medications or have certain physical limitations that impact their dental health. The same can be true for children with conditions such as seizure disorders, vision and hearing impairments or learning disabilities.
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  10. Life Stages of Oral Health: The Golden Years

    March 11, 2014

    Not much has changed since you were using a step stool to reach the sink. Good brushing and flossing habits remain vital to the health of your teeth. Seniors should continue to brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. Despite having many of the same oral health concerns they’ve always had, there are definitely some new ones that come with getting older.
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  11. Form Healthy Eating Habits

    March 4, 2014

    french toastHabits can form at any age, but the sooner a behavior is adopted, the more likely it is to become a habit. While “habit” may sound negative, like a habit of nail biting or smoking, habits can also be good. In the case of nutrition, teaching your child healthy eating habits will contribute to a strong and healthy body and mouth!
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  12. Price Per Tooth Increases 44% in 2013

    February 27, 2014

    DDPA Tooth Fairy 2013 Poll Infographic web 2014The Tooth Fairy was a lot more generous in 2013 than the year before, with the going rate for a lost baby tooth rising more than 44% from 2012 levels.

    The average gift for a lost baby tooth last year was $3.50, up $1.08 from the prior year according to The Original Tooth Fairy Poll®. More than 40% of the time, the lost-tooth gift was $1.

    But when it comes to gifts for losing the first tooth, the Tooth Fairy loosened up her purse strings even more. According to the poll, 59% of parents reported leaving more money for the first tooth. On average, the amount given for the first tooth was $4.51. This is a 29% increase from last year.

    And who is the Tooth Fairy’s first assistant? It’s mom. Six in 10 caregivers say the child’s mother assists the Tooth Fairy, compared to 35% that say the father assists the Tooth Fairy.

    Leaving gifts from the Tooth Fairy is a great way to help make losing teeth less scary and more enjoyable for kids. We encourage parents to talk about the Tooth Fairy’s visits as a way to discuss good oral health even before a child loses their first tooth.

    Waiting vs Pulling First Tooth

    About half of parents surveyed, 54%, say their child waited for the first tooth to fall out on its own. Other children were less patient. 22% couldn’t contain their excitement and pulled their own tooth out, while 16% had a parent pull the tooth.

    No matter how the tooth comes out, 15% of parents report their child lost a tooth while at school. Another 13% report the tooth was lost while eating.

    Tooth Fairy as Teaching Tool

    In 2013, the Tooth Fairy visited 86% of U.S. homes with children who lost a tooth. We suggest the following ways parents can use the Tooth Fairy as a way to teach kids about good oral health habits:

      • Introduce the Tooth Fairy early on. Kids will start losing baby teeth around age 6. Before this age, parents can teach kids about the Tooth Fairy and let them know that good oral health habits and healthy teeth make her happy. Use this as an opportunity to brush up on a child’s everyday dental routine. Kids not wanting to brush and floss? Remind them that the Tooth Fairy is only looking for healthy baby teeth, not teeth with cavities. This will help get kids excited about taking care of their teeth.

      • Leave a note reinforcing good habits. A personalized note from the Tooth Fairy could be nearly as exciting for kids as the gift itself. Parents should include tips for important oral health habits that the Tooth Fairy wants kids to practice, such as brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting the dentist twice a year. And, of course, parents should give the Tooth Fairy a special name.

      • Give oral health gifts. Although the Tooth Fairy left cash for kids in 99% of homes she visited, a few children received toys, gum or other gifts. Consider forgoing cash and reinforce good oral health habits by providing a new toothbrush with their favorite cartoon character or fun-flavored toothpaste. How about a new book? There are several children’s books about Tooth Fairy adventures that can add to the Tooth Fairy excitement. Also gone are the days of worrying about not being able to find the tiny tooth under your child’s pillow in the middle of the night. Special Tooth Fairy pillows with tiny, tooth-sized pockets attached are now available in many themes and can even be customized with your child’s name. But if the family tradition has always included money, you don’t have to stop. Consider giving both cash and a new toothbrush to reinforce good oral health habits.

    The Tooth Fairy is a great way to tap into your child’s imagination to help him or her understand the importance of oral health and to help make taking care of teeth more exciting.

    For more information and ways to make your child’s Tooth Fairy experience extra special, visit the Original Tooth Fairy Poll website.