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A child’s first lost tooth can be one of the most magical times of childhood. For many, if not most, it means a visit from the Tooth Fairy is near. This mythical fairy is believed to have begun in the United States in the early 1900s and has been a beloved tradition to this day.

Typically, children begin to lose their baby teeth between the ages of 5 and 7. The child’s excitement grows as each time a tooth has been placed under their pillow, a reward is placed in its stead. Some fairies even give a greater reward for cavity-free teeth, thus promoting dental health. Having a greater reward system in place opens the conversation between parents, dentists, and children about dental hygiene.

Toddlers are especially at risk for developing cavities. Forty-two percent of children between the ages of 2 and 11 develop a cavity. This statistic can be the source of concern for parents who desire to prevent such decay.

A common cause of tooth decay in toddlers is going to bed with a bottle or sippy cup of milk or juice. The sugar in these beverages can sit in the mouth the entire night, allowing for bacteria growth.

To help prevent decay:

– If a drink is needed to sleep, water is the recommended choice.

– Brush your teeth at least twice a day.

– The first dental appointment can be made when the first tooth emerges from the gum line. This can help protect against and detect decay.

For more help and tips on how the Tooth Fairy can help fight tooth decay, call our dentist, Drs. David O’Donnell and William Galbreath, at 859-269-4613 to schedule an appointment today. Here at ODonnell Family Dentistry, we are happy to help you get your healthiest smile in our Lexington, Kentucky, office.