The fall sport season is quickly approaching… Our local peewee leagues are gearing up to start, but before your kids head out the door, remember a few important safety items.

Anyone participating in a sport where there’s a risk of falling on your head making contact with another player or equipment should wear a mouth guard.

This includes sports such as football, basketball, hockey, gymnastics, and cheering.  A mouth guard helps absorb the shock from any sort of possible head trauma.  It can limit the risk for chipped or broken teeth, internal damage to a tooth, tooth loss, and even a broken jaw.

When you send your little one onto the field of play, remind them that the professionals use mouth protections, and they should too!

images The tradition when a child looses a tooth leaving it under the pillow is practiced in many countries throughout the world.  It is very common in the United States and many parents even make a deal with the Tooth Fairy to keep their child’s teeth as a memento.

In Europe it is customary that when a child’s sixth tooth falls out, the parents will often times slip a gift under the child’s pillow.  In Northern Europe a child usually receives a “tooth fee”when they lose their first tooth.  In the United States, a reward being left goes on as long as the child believes in the Tooth Fairy’s good work.

More people believe in the existence of the Tooth Fairy than Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny.  Most people thing the tooth fairy is female but in reality no one really knows what the Tooth Fairy looks like.  Most people though do associate it with a Tinker Bell- type miniature fairy figure.  There are many related myths in other countries when a child loses a tooth, such as throwing it onto the roof if it was a lower tooth or putting it beneath the floor if it was an upper tooth.  Many parents also leave some glitter or “fairy dust” after the tooth fairy has done their job.

A 2013 national survey done by ABC NEWS showed that the average left for a tooth currently is $2.42.  So no matter how you want to look at it, it seems like the Tooth Fairy is always new by!

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