There is a long history of dental caries. Over a million years ago, hominids such as Australopithecus suffered from cavities. The largest increases in the prevalence of caries have been associated with dietary changes. Archaeological evidence shows that tooth decay is an ancient disease dating far into prehistory. Skulls dating from a million years ago through the neolithic period show signs of caries, excepting those from the Paleolithic and Mesolithic ages. The increase of caries during the neolithic period may be attributed to the increased consumption of plant foods containing carbohydrates. The beginning of rice cultivation in South Asia is also believed to have caused an increase in caries.
And February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day!
For hundreds of years, mystical legends, stories, and traditions have been shared about the loss of baby teeth. In some cultures, children’s teeth were buried in order to hide them from witches and evil spirits who would use the tooth’s powers for voodoo. The Vikings believed that children’s teeth had a magical power in them that would help them fight in battle. They would even pay their children for their lost baby teeth so that they could be used to string onto battle necklaces and other jewelry.
Over time, people began to share stories about a Tooth Mouse who would scamper around town and steal children’s teeth in the middle of the night. This story of the mouse soon transformed into the story of the Tooth Fairy, who would leave treasures under the children’s pillows in exchange for their lost teeth.
The traditions and legend of the Tooth Fairy are still practiced today all around the world. It is considered a useful practice by many parents because it gives their children something to look forward to when they lose their teeth. And so year after year, baby teeth are placed under children’s pillows at night in hopes of waking up to a wonderful surprise from none other than the Tooth Fairy!
I use the teeth I collect to make everything for me and my helpers. These items range from chairs to cars to the computer I am using to write this blog. We need teeth to create new items and repair old items, so I must collect many teeth every night to keep up with everything we need.
On average I collect 300,000 teeth from children around the world. The collection of teeth takes time and so I slow down time so I am able to collect all the teeth for the night.
Often children hear “Do this” or “Do that.” As a child, sometimes it is hard to understand why to do something. You hear these commands but you do not understand why it is so important to follow the rules. It is the same for brushing your teeth.
By brushing your teeth you will remove plaque, a bacteria, from building up and living on your teeth. The bacteria from plaque feeds off of the food you eat. The acid that is a result from the bacteria then eats away at your teeth, creating decay, or rot. This decay is unattractive and painful and very easy to keep from happening.
The moral of this story is brush your teeth and keep decay like this from happening.
I love a good craft project and these pillows are perfect for a loose tooth! They are easy to make and customizable. To see the instructions on how to make make these adorable pillows click here
To the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
Brush, brush, brush your teeth Gently round your gums.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Brushing can be fun!!
Brush, brush, brush your teeth Brush them every day.
The front, the sides, the back, the top To keep decay (or the bugs or germs) away!
Floss, floss, floss your teeth Floss without delay.
You need to do this every day To keep decay (or the bugs or germs) away!
How is the Tooth Fairy going to find your tooth under your pillow? Make your own box to keep your tooth in! Make it your own so nobody has one like it. Click here to see the Tooth Fairy Shoppe.
The teeth are used like bricks and toothpaste is used like mortar for my Tooth Fairy castle. Tooth paste is easy to buy at the store so I am able to run down to the store and get it when I need it. But children’s teeth are much more difficult to find, so I collect them as a child looses them. Therefore when I start a new contraption, building, or appliance in or around my castle I have a large collection of teeth to choose from.
I have been collecting teeth for quite a while now. I have finished my own living quarters quite long ago, so now I am working on homes for my helpers and their families. The Fairy population has been growing at a fast rate and to keep up the building for all the fairies to live takes many teeth from many children.
You never know what your baby teeth may be used for. I may have made my new dishes out of them, or a new bed, or even my own tooth brush. But what ever your teeth have been used for they are helping the fairy community thrive and for that we thank you.
If you only brush your teeth but you do not floss your only cleaning part of your mouth. Flossing removes the plaque between your teeth. You only need to floss once a day, unlike brushing your teeth which should be done twice a day for two minutes each. Flossing can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
If the traditional floss is not your cup of tea there are many different products that do just as good as traditional floss. These include:
- Floss Picks – These are plastic toothpicks with a pick on one end and floss strung across the other. These are great for easy use.
- Interdental Brushes – These have plastic handles with little brushes on the end. These are better for a more sustainable, or earth friendly, floss. Instead of throwing out a large piece of plastic every time you floss, you only need to replace the head after each use.
- Waxed Floss – This is your traditional floss. If you go to your local drug store and pick up floss this is probably what your going to pick up. This floss works just as well as any other but it is cheaper but more difficult to use.
- Non-waxed Floss – This is just like waxed floss but the threads are looser. I prefer this floss to waxed floss because it can be tightened to reach small spaces and then expand and grab all the particles in one easy swoop.
Make sure you floss every day, no matter what you like to use. All of these products are great ones, its just what you prefer and will encourage you to use every day.
A child will usually lose 20 teeth between the ages of 6 and 12. These 20 teeth are called deciduous teeth. Not only are these teeth here to help a child chew their food, they are also here to save room for the teeth that are to grow in when they are older. So even though you will eventually lose your deciduous teeth, they are important for the growth of teeth later on.
The teeth that replace the deciduous teeth are called permanent teeth. A person will have 32 permanent teeth by the time all their teeth have grown in.
Wiggling the tooth is fine and can help the process along, but forcing the tooth out can cause infection. Losing teeth is an exciting time so enjoy it and have fun with it.