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Setting the Record Straight on The Tooth Fairy
Did you know that most dentists get to meet The Tooth Fairy while we’re in dental school? It’s a huge honor. Since Aug. 22 is National Tooth Fairy Day, I wanted to share what I know about my friend, The Tooth Fairy. When I was growing up, The Tooth Fairy would give us a quarter for every baby tooth we lost. It wasn’t anything too crazy, but it was something my brothers and I looked forward to when we put that tooth under our pillow before bed. By the time my daughters were old enough to start losing their baby teeth, The Tooth Fairy had increased the going rate on baby teeth. Our girls always got a dollar for each tooth. However, there was once a small crisis regarding how that dollar was delivered. One morning after losing a tooth, one of our daughters came downstairs in tears. When we asked her what was wrong, she sobbed, “The Tooth Fairy left me metal money. It’s supposed to be paper money!” The Tooth Fairy had left her four quarters instead of a dollar bill. Fortunately, as I mentioned earlier, I know The Tooth Fairy personally. When we met while I was in dental school, they gave me a 1-800 number to contact the fairy in case of emergencies. I got in touch with The Tooth Fairy, who told me to have my daughter leave the quarters and a note explaining the situation under her pillow that night, and they would take care of the rest.
Our daughter wrote a note asking if she could get paper money instead of metal money. The next morning, the quarters were gone, and in their place was a crisp one-dollar bill. Problem solved. She used this strategy again when The Tooth Fairy took a tooth she wanted to keep. She wrote another note asking for her tooth back and The Tooth Fairy delivered while letting her keep the money. A lot of people think The Tooth Fairy has to take the baby tooth in order for kids to get money, but this isn’t true. It’s really a case by case basis. The Tooth Fairy knows if kids want to keep their baby teeth, they can keep their tooth and still get money or other treats as a congratulation. Another myth is that decayed baby teeth are worth less money. The Tooth Fairy knows that a little bit of decay can be caused by biological things, not because a child wasn’t brushing or flossing properly. They’re still going to leave the full bounty, whatever that may be. Once, a patient told me their kid got $20 from The Tooth Fairy. The price of teeth has certainly gone up since I was a kid! Fortunately, as I mentioned earlier, I know The Tooth Fairy personally.
As a dentist, I’m trained to answer a lot of questions about The Tooth Fairy, but one thing I don’t yet know is whether or not The Tooth Fairy will collect a baby tooth that isn’t lost until adulthood. It’s not unheard of for a baby tooth to stick around until a patient is 40 or 50 years old. Should The Tooth Fairy still come? This is a question I’m calling on my patients to help me answer. Send us an email, visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/ ExceptionalSmilesatLanderbrook, or tweet using #ToothOfTheMatter to chime in with your thoughts. I’ll be sitting down to chat with The Tooth Fairy soon, and I’d love to have as much feedback from my patients as possible on this pressing subject.
–-Jason A. Schermer
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