Worldwide Traditions Of Discarding Baby Teeth

discarding baby teethJust as there are traditions around the world which involve the tooth fairy or tooth mouse, there are traditions worldwide for discarding baby teeth as well. Here are some examples of these traditions:

Throwing teeth

The tradition of throwing away the lost teeth is followed in many nations. This is considered as a symbolic way of encouraging the growth of healthy teeth. Here again, different forms of this tradition can be seen in various countries. In Japan, the upper tooth is thrown straight down to the ground and the lower tooth is thrown up in the air. How the children want their new teeth to grow is represented by the trajectory.

The practice of throwing the lost tooth straight towards the sun is followed in Middle Eastern countries such as Palestine, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. The children request the sun to send them healthy new teeth in place of the lost ones.

In some countries like Ethiopia, Botswana and Dominican Republic, regardless of whether the lost tooth is from the upper or lower jaw, children throw the tooth on the roof top. According to this custom, people believe that a mouse will collect the tooth from the roof top and send the new strong healthy teeth of a rodent.

Making a ring out of the lost tooth or throwing the teeth over or under the house are some of the traditions followed by children in Austria. Children of Nigeria have a special poem too. While throwing the lost tooth over the attic they recite this poem wherein they request the mice not to eat their lost tooth. People here believe that the new tooth will not grow properly if the mice eat the lost ones.

Special locations for lost teeth

In many parts of Europe, parents ask small children to bury the lost tooth under the ground. According to their customs, this practice will help in the growth of new healthy teeth. Children from Ukraine, recite “Take my old tooth and leave me a new one!” while wrapping the lost tooth in a piece of tissue paper and tucking it away in a dark corner away from sunlight.

In Korea, Vietnam and India, people believe that mice have some role in the growth of the lost tooth. If the lost tooth is from the upper side, then it is placed under the floorboards and if it is from the lower side then it is thrown over the roof top. Similar practice is followed in China. Here small children are asked to place the lost upper tooth at the foot of the bed and lower tooth over the roof top.

Make the event exciting by adapting worldwide traditions

Though you might have your own traditions and practices that you grew up with, adding new traditions could indeed be exciting as well as entertaining for your family. The ordinary Tooth Fairy routine could be made more exciting by adding some cultural practices followed in other nations. Let your children know the various customs followed in other nations.

You could even purchase a copy of the children’s book on Spanish Raton Perez and gift it to your child. Sharing stories about customs and traditions followed in other nations will certainly help alleviate the worries of your small child to a considerable extent.

What Is An Apicoectomy?

apicoectomyAll teeth have roots that keep them anchored to the jawbone.  The tip of the root, or the apex, is where the blood vessels and nerves enter the tooth. If a patient has had a root canal but still has a persistent infection, they may require an apicoectomy.  This is the removal of the root apex and may be the only way to save the tooth.

Often, a root canal may fail because of the complex structures with tiny branches that may have residual infection. Molars and premolars that have two or more roots have a higher chance of infection. The only time an apicoectomy is considered is if the root canal treatment fails.

This is a simple procedure that is carried out under local anesthesia.  It only takes about an hour or more if it is a molar. A small incision is made in the gum so that it can be separated from the bone.  A little bit of the jawbone is removed and the infected tissue around the root tip is carefully cleaned and about 2 to 3 mm of the root is removed from the apex. The root is then sealed to prevent infection again.

After the procedure, painkillers and antibiotics will be required. Some swelling may occur and it will be sore for a few days. Avoid hard and crunchy foods during this time.


What Do You Do If Your Child Has A Knocked Out Tooth?

Accidents happen, and it is possible that you may find yourself with a child whose tooth gets knocked out. Here are some steps to take if you your child has a knocked out tooth.

First, examine the child’s mouth carefully to see how s29942959-happy-baby-boy-with-him-dog-on-berth-in-summererious the injury is.  If it seems more serious than just a missing tooth, consider going to the hospital so a physician can examine the child’s face, mouth and gums.  If the injury is just the knocked out or loose tooth, call your dentist.

If a baby tooth is knocked loose, but not completely out, your dentist will probably advise your child to eat a soft diet for the next few days.  Your dentist may also take an x-ray to be sure that the permanent tooth was not damaged.  If the baby tooth is completely knocked out, there is no cause for alarm as it would eventually fall out anyway.

If a permanent tooth is knocked out you need to call your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment. You want to try and get your child to the dentist within 30 minutes with his/her tooth so it may possibly be re-implanted.  Keeping the tooth in good condition will also make the odds of re-implanting it much better.  Recover the tooth and rinse it lightly with water, but do not scrub. Keep the tooth moist by wrapping it in a clean cloth or gauze soaked in milk or salt water.

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Tooth Fairy Inflation

18020313-boy-in-the-natureIf you have kids, you may or may not have had to deal with the tooth fairy yet. If you have, you may have noticed that there has been a bit of inflation since you were a kid.  A new survey has shown that kids are getting on average $3.70 per lost tooth from the tooth fairy nowadays. The reason? Parents don’t want their kids to be the one that got a quarter while other kids are getting almost $4.00. They don’t want their kids to feel like their tooth is worth less.

So how much should you give your child?  You can ask around and get an idea of how much the tooth fairy is paying in your area.  But you should do what works best for you and your family. Read the full article from NY Daily News here: Tooth Fairy inflation: Price of a tooth nears $4   – NY Daily News.

How to Harden Your Teeth

Teeth enamel is relatively hard but over time it can begin to demineralize and become softer. Some things that can have an effect on tooth enamel are drinking coffee and soda and eating sugary and acidic foods. The good news is, there are actually some things you can do from the comfort of your own home, that may help to harden your tooth enamel.

Salivate: Keepi29763865-one-tooth-cartoon-vector-graphicsng a moist mouth will flush out the toxins and bacteria that can erode your teeth. Plus, the saliva coats your teeth with trace minerals that are naturally found in your body.

Vitamin D: You can get more vitamin D through fish, some fruits and vegetables and through sun exposure.  Or you can take a vitamin D supplement.  This helps your body absorb calcium which strengthens teeth and bones.

Drink Bone Broth: Bone broths are full of calcium, gelatin, and minerals which can be vital to the re-mineralization process. Make the bone broth yourself from fresh ingredients to get the most effective results.

Eat Fermented Foods: Pickles, kombucha, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods offer an extreme acidity so that your mouth can bounce back and re-balance the bacterial levels in your mouth. Natural probiotics are the key to the rebalancing process.

Sea Salt: Sea salt is filled with natural minerals that can help to rebuild enamel.

How to Harden Your Teeth Naturally | Fairfield Dentist