The Most Popular Tooth Replacement Option

tooth replacement optionMany people deal with tooth loss and struggle with their look as it can be a source of embarrassment and anxiety. In a study from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, researchers found the most popular tooth replacement option.

According to the study, dental implants were the most popular tooth replacement option.  Followed by dentures as the second. This study is helpful in driving the decision making process of dental professionals when determining what’s best for patients.

Read more about this study here: The Most Popular Tooth Replacement Option – Miami Dental Sedation Spa.

Time for Some Mystery: Tooth Fairy & Tooth Mouse

tooth fairyIt can be exciting or very traumatic for small children when they start losing their baby teeth. Sometimes the tooth is loose enough that it will fall off very easily, but in some cases it could cause some pain and slight bleeding too. To help ease the worries of their small children and to make the event more exciting for them, parents have associated certain traditions and customs with losing teeth. In English speaking countries, the mystical character of the Tooth Fairy is widely known. But in other nations, across the world, people have their own version of tales and traditions associated with this event so that parents can make the event less dreadful for their children.

Note – The customs and traditions vary widely in different countries. If you could share some additional information about the ones followed in your country, you are most welcome.

Mystical Character – The Tooth Fairy

Placing the lost tooth underneath the pillow is a tradition which is followed in countries like Canada, United States and England. According to the fairy tale, the tooth fairies visit the children at night, purchase the tooth for some coins and use the teeth to build all kinds of things in their fairy land.

The British people are very much familiar with this mythological character, The Tooth Fairy. The concept of this bedtime visitor or tooth collecting mythological character has been around for several centuries. It was in the year 1949, Lee Rogow published the story version as “The Tooth Fairy”.  The tooth collecting fairy is very popular among small children in various other countries such as Australia, Norway, Germany, Ireland, America, Demark and Canada.

It is not that that tooth fairy buys the tooth in exchange for money alone. Sometimes children can also expect to find small toys or other gift items.

Mystical Character – Tooth Mouse

In some countries like Mexico, Guatemala and other Spanish speaking cultures, the fairy that collects teeth is actually a mouse.  A fairy mouse to be precise. Raton Perez, the mystical mouse fairy which Mexican people believe in, actually leaves a few coins in exchange for the tooth which the small children leave under their pillow. In Spain, the mystical mouse fairy is called by the name Ratoncito Perez or Raton de los Dientes.

La Petite Souris, or the little mouse is the fairy tale character which small children of France are familiar with. This tooth mouse leaves small toys and gifts in exchange for the tooth. The White Fairy Mouse which the Scottish people believe in leaves coins in exchange for tooth.

The mystical character, the Tooth Mouse, was known to have existed even before the Tooth Fairy. There has been a mention of this mythological character in the 17th century French story book “La Bonne Petite Souris”. This fairy tale is all about a fairy mouse that takes on an evil king and defeats him. According to this Good Little Mouse story, the mouse knocks down the teeth of the evil king while he is sleeping at night time.

As decades passed by, a new version of the sweet, money bearing mouse developed. Here the mouse would creep in at night time and leave a coin in exchange for the tooth placed under the pillow. France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, Mexico, Morocco, Argentina, Algeria and Venezuela are some of the nations where tooth mouse is very popular.

Why You Should Replace A Missing Tooth

missing toothIf you have a missing tooth in the back of your mouth you may not be as quick to act as if it were in the front of your mouth.  This is because most people are concerned with the way they look and not as much about the importance of each individual tooth.  But the fact of the matter is, whether you have lost a tooth in the front or back of your mouth, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible.  Every tooth is important and the ones in the back can not only effect your chewing if lost, but also have a negative effect on dental hygiene.  One missing tooth can cause other teeth to shift out of place and can cause issues with your bite and smile.

Having a missing tooth can cause issues with the bite and smile because of the bone structure that lies under the gums and holds teeth in place.  When the tooth is no longer there, the bone that was supporting it no longer has a function. The bone may begin to weaken and wear away.

Lost teeth also make cleaning and flossing difficult. This can lead to poor oral hygiene, tooth decay and gum disease.

There are different options for getting your missing tooth fixed. If the tooth is knocked out because of an injury, it is possible for it to be reattached if you act quickly.  You will want to see the dentist right away with the tooth.  If reattachment is not possible, dentures, bridges or implants are options.

Whatever option you choose, remember that replacing a missing tooth is very important for your dental health and your smile.

Why You Should Replace A Missing Tooth|Your Dental Health Resource

What Causes Your Teeth To Move?

As you age, your teeth are constantly moving and changing. When you are younger, you lose teeth and get new teeth. When you get older, you may lose teeth again.  But over time, the teeth you do have tend to move.  What causes your teeth to move? There are many factors.

Age – As mentioned above, teeth move as we age. The lower teeth tend to wear out faste15253378-open-mouthr than the upper teeth.  As they wear down, they shift and the bite realigns itself.

Genetics – This is always a factor when it comes to our bodies and even our teeth.  Children can actually inherit their parents tooth shape and size.

Tooth loss – When teeth are lost, the other teeth will shift to fill in the space.  This can change the bite as well.

Tooth grinding – Grinding the teeth together will cause the enamel to wear down and can cause fractures or chips in our teeth. Teeth may appear shorter over time and the position of the teeth can actually change as well.

There are some things we can do to fix our smiles if we do have movement.  To check out some of the options to fix your smile, read the article written by Marielaina Perrone, DDS, found here: Is Your Smile Changing?