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August 1st, 2019

Did you know that Tooth Fairies come in many different forms in Europe, as well as their traditions? Here are some examples...

Spain

In Spain, do not expect a kind fairy to come at night and replace lost tooth while you are asleep:  this role has been given to a nice mouse instead, whose full name is Ratoncito Pérez. Among all European countries, Spaniards are almost the only ones to actually give a name to their Tooth creature ! Ratoncito Pérez first appeared in “Cuentos, oraciones, adivinanzas y refranes populares” (1877), as the husband of “La Ratita Presumida” (The Vain Little Mouse). This character later inspired Luis Coloma, who made him part of the Spanish traditional folklore by turning him into a sort of Tooth Fairy… A true celebrity!

France

France as well has its little mouse ! The most likely origin of the Petite Souris comes from a French tale of the seventeenth century by Madame d’Aulnoy: La Bonne Petite Souris. It tells the story of a fairy that turns into a mouse to help a queen defeat an evil king, hiding under the pillow of the king and making him drop all his teeth. As it is so often the case, the tiny French mouse will procure teeth left under pillows, replacing them with either cash or sweets…

Ireland

In Ireland, the Tooth fairy is sometimes known as Anna Bogle, who appeared in a recent fairy tale. Anna Bogle is a mischievous young leprechaun girl who was playing in the forest one day and, to her dismay, knocks out a front tooth! She thinks she is ugly and tries everything she can think of to put it back, until she has an idea…to get a human child’s tooth to put in its place. But leprechauns are not creatures who steal, so Anna leaves a piece of leprechaun gold behind for the child whose tooth she takes…

Norway

In Norway, children drop their tooth in a glass of water on their nightstand. It is much easier for Tannfe, the Norwegian Tooth Fairy, to find the tooth in clear water than in opaque pillows—her eyes are so very old and tired. In the morning, sunk in the bottom of the glass, children will find a silver coin. Interestingly, the tradition of the Tooth Fairy may come originally from Norway. The character is first recorded in writings as early as the Eddas, which are the earliest written record of Norse and Northern European traditions. The Old Norse term “tannfé meant initially a present given as a reward to a baby for its first tooth – not a fairy. 

Bulgaria

What a funny tradition! Bulgarian children simply throw their tooth on the roof of their house. And when they throw the tooth, they say: “На ти Вранке костен зъб, дай ми железен” which means “Great Raven, I give you my bone tooth, give me an iron tooth!” Throwing up the tooth is actually a symbol of walking up, progress, good future and prosperity… ¨Give me an iron tooth¨ means here that the children wish not to have problems with his/her new tooth, that it shall be strong like iron. But children’s in Bulgaria are not given money or candy in exchange… What a selfish raven!

Happy 4th of July!

July 1st, 2019

Holidays are often the stressful times for our health and especially our teeth.  We tend to feel free to temporarily forget the careful health guidelines and routines we’ve set up for our families.  And why not?  It’s OK to relax and take a break once in a while, especially on holidays like July 4th when we are already celebrating our freedom!

But you don’t have to totally abandon care for your teeth in order to have a good time.  Here are three great ideas to keep you smiling this July 4th weekend.

Eat this not that.

While it can be tempting to go for chips or candy to snack on, try choosing options that are both fun and healthy.  The patriotic parfait pictured is made with plain Greek yogurt which is a dental super food.  And the berries provide just the right amount of sweetness to tame the celebration sweet tooth.  Getting kids involved in making these treats is a sure-fire way to get them excited about eating healthy and can be a great activity to keep little hands busy.

Don’t forget the water (for more reasons than you think).

July 4th often means plenty of time spent outside, whether that’s watching fireworks or enjoying a family kickball game.  Choose water as your number one cooler choice.  It’s better for teeth than sodas and sports drinks and it helps keep you hydrated.  Even more, when you’re out on a picnic and a toothbrush isn’t available, a quick rinse with water after meals can be the next best thing.  Water helps rinse away food particles trapped in teeth and limits the growth of bacteria.

Traveling? Give everyone their own “tooth-care bag”.

Just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean that you have to neglect your family’s brushing routine.  Be sure to pack everyone’s toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.  A great way to get small kids excited about brushing while on vacation is to create their very own “tooth-care bag”.  Purchase a fun new toothbrush along with travel-sized toothpaste and floss and use a zippered pencil pouch for each child.  Children also enjoy using craft supplies to decorate their own tooth kit.  You may be surprised when you find them excited and looking forward to brushing time.

Summer is almost here!

June 4th, 2019

Summer is only weeks away, which means a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories is just around the corner for most of our patients. Whether you are headed to a barbecue, a camping trip, hitting America’s open roads or just having fun in the backyard this summer, we want to hear all about it! Make sure to let us know what you’re up to as spring winds down and summer begins on our Facebook page!

Everyone wants a glowing and radiant white smile when the sun comes around and we have a few reminders to keep your pearly whites healthy and beautiful over the summer! Try to stay away from drinks that will stain your teeth like coffee, soft drinks or dark colored juices- Not only will drinks like this weaken your enamel but they will also darken that fabulous smile your working on! Another tip is to try and focus on brushing your teeth- everyone knows when busy schedules start picking up, getting a good brushing session in tends to take the backseat! A good tip for keeping your mouth safe from staining and other possible pitfalls is to try and swirl your mouth with water after any meal you can’t fully brush your teeth after- your teeth, inside and out, will benefit!

We also encourage you to post any photos from your adventures!

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May 2nd, 2019

As you probably know, you can always connect with  Drs. Aleta Detwiler, Teresa Stiteler , and our team on our Facebook page, but we also encourage you to call us and let us know if you have any new phone numbers or if your contact information has changed!

Please contact our office with any updates to phone numbers and addresses, so that we may be able to reach you. Thank you!

-The team at Beautiful Smiles

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