In other countries, magical rodents are celebrated. This is because they have particularly strong teeth, which many people wish for their own children.
In Spanish-speaking cultures, the Tooth Rat, called "Ratóncito Pérez," "El Raton de Los Dientes" or "el Ratón," is celebrated. Children in France are visited by "La Petite Souris" (The Little Mouse). While, Italian children receive treats from "Topolino dei denti da latte" (the Milk Tooth Mouse). Some give their baby teeth to Saint Nicholas.
In some Asian countries and parts of the Middle East, kids toss their teeth – onto the roof, to the sky, into a tall tree – and often wish that a mouse, rat or squirrel will find the tooth.
Regardless of one's traditions, it is important to teach children good oral hygiene habits.
Start Early: Speak to a dentist about how to brush a child's teeth as early as six months of age.
Two Minutes: A proper brushing requires two minutes.
Be Gentle: Avoid aggressive teeth scrubbing that can wear down enamel and cause gum inflammation.
Visit the Pros: Dental professionals can teach children the right way to brush and floss. Regular checkups and cleanings are essential – always.
"Instilling good oral hygiene habits early on can help avoid future dental issues and costly procedures," said Bill Chase, vice president of marketing for DentalPlans.com.
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Bonnie Strouse Sobrino | DentalPlans.com
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