imagesThe 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!

Nothing says summer quite like eating an ice cream cone on a warm summer evening. President Ronald Reagan deemed the month of July as National Ice Cream Month back in 1984. Ice cream remains a huge part of American culture – especially in these hot summer days. Although most of us may “scream for ice cream” during the hot days of July, those with sensitive teeth may scream for a different reason.

People with sensitive teeth may experience a shooting nerve pain any time their teeth come into contact with something cold, like ice cream. Although the cause of teeth sensitivity can vary on a case by case basis, one of the most common causes of sensitivity is exposed dentin. Beneath the hard outer covering of our teeth (called enamel) is a layer of dentin which contains microscopic nerve fibers. When the dentin becomes exposed due to dental decay toothbrush abrasion, or gum recession, sensitivity to temperature can occur.

Some common reasons for exposed dentin include: excessive/rough tooth brushing, eating acidic foods, grinding teeth, or using too many tooth whitening products. If teeth sensitivity is keeping you from participating in July’s National Ice Cream Month celebrations, make sure to call and make an appointment as soon as possible.

In this day and age, most people brush their teeth pretty regularly,  Maybe not after every meal or snack but with decades of education on good oral hygiene promoted diligently by dental professionals, most people get it.   If you want to keep your teeth you've got to take care of them yourself between dental visits. But for many people, flossing is still not getting the attention it deserves.  And it is because of this neglect that people run the risk of one of the most insidious forms of oral disease, known as Gingivitis, or more commonly "Gum Disease". If you are one of those folks whose gums bleed once in a while when you brush, you are at serious risk for this disease.

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