ORTHODONTICS AND THE TOOTH FAIRY TRADITION
August 22nd is National Tooth Fairy day, this is also a perfect opportunity take a second to talk about this tradition with your kids and how it designed to promote the foundation for orthodontics, great oral hygiene.
As children, we are told that there is a tooth fairy. Once we start losing our baby teeth, we place them underneath our pillow and would wake up with money instead of that tooth. This is a tradition that many of us are used to, only to be upset later on when we learn that the tooth fairy really doesn’t exist.
While we have been taught about this as children, most do not know where the tradition came from. There is even a National Tooth Fairy Day, where people celebrate this tradition and gain access to many resources that help them educate their children on the best practices for healthier teeth.
Where Did The Tooth Fairy Tradition Come From?
One thing that you might not know is that the tradition of a tooth fairy isn’t something old and ancient. While there are many mythical tales and stories, we tell children that dates back to ancient times, this particular one is actually very recent.
It is believed that the tradition really only started to become a popular way of encouraging healthy teeth among children around the 1920s. One paper explains that many parents would leave more money in exchange for a tooth when it was healthy. By educating the children about the increased reward, this would, of course, motivate them to keep their baby teeth healthy and establish better dental care habits from an early age.
While most people know about the tooth fairy, most do not understand exactly where the tradition was born. The National Tooth Fairy Day was created to promote this tradition, which is known to help ease the anxiety that many children experience during the time where they need to pull their baby teeth, making way for the permanent teeth to erupt.
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