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Teeth Care for Kids

Taking care of our teeth and gums is extremely important. Regular brushing and flossing of the teeth can help prevent cavities and tooth decay. Cavities are holes in the teeth that are usually a result of eating too much sugar or not properly cleaning the teeth on a daily basis. Sometimes, cavities can be painful and get infected, so it's very important to take proper care of your teeth. You should brush your teeth after every meal if possible. If you can't brush three times per day, at least a brushing in the morning after breakfast and at night time before bed should occur. Flossing is also very important since it helps to remove all of those little food particles that can get trapped in between teeth. It is very important to take good care of our teeth so we have a healthy mouth with no cavities or other tooth related problems.

How you brush your teeth is very important since you want to be sure that all teeth are cleaned properly. First, hold the brush at a 45 degree angle right against your gums. Then use a sweeping motion back and forth to help remove plaque and food particles. Do not forget to brush the inside of your teeth as well as the outside, and be sure to repeat a back and forth motion several times. Brushing and even scraping your tongue is also key, since the tongue carries tons of germs as well. Brushing your tongue will also help keep your breath fresh! You should replace your toothbrush every three months or when it gets worn out, whichever comes first. A dentist can help do a professional cleaning on your teeth once or twice per year. They can also do x-rays, fill cavities, and pull teeth. An oral hygienist's job is to make sure your mouth is clean and free of disease or harmful bacteria. They can give you advice on how to keep your mouth optimally clean.

When you're very young, your baby teeth eventually fall out. It is a custom to leave the tooth under your pillow and at night the Tooth Fairy comes and replaces your lost tooth with some money or a small gift. So where did the story of the Tooth Fairy come from? In Europe, parents would bury their children's lost teeth. The French fairy tale, entitled "La Bonne Petit Souris," is a story of a mouse that transformed into a little fairy who helped defeat a bad king by hiding under his pillow and punching his teeth out. Many believe this is the origins of the Tooth Fairy. Today, kids all over the world still leave their baby teeth under the pillow in hopes of money or other goodies.

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