Dental health is one of the most important but most often looked-over components of our bodily health. This issue is particularly prevalent in children who lack the motor skills to brush their teeth properly. When plaque can start to turn into tartar in less than 48 hours, it’s more important than ever to serve as an advocate for dental health.
In honor of National Tooth Fairy Day, here are some of the top ways you can celebrate the importance of dental health.
“Brush” up on some facts
Did you know that it’s recommended that you brush twice per day? While this isn’t surprising for many, it’s still an essential recommendation that bears repeating. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste is a great way to clean and strengthen your teeth at the same time. Even though your children may hate the process, explaining that the tooth fairy would be proud of them on this special day is a great way to change their mind.
But it isn’t just children who are suffering from poor dental health habits. It’s estimated that more than 47% of American adults are suffering from some form of periodontal disease. In honor of the tooth fairy’s holiday, taking extra care to floss and use mouthwash should be at the top of your to-do list.
You might also be surprised to learn that the price of a tooth is about $3.70 on average. While this might seem high to many, USA Today explains that this is actually a 43% decline in price from the previous year. If your kids give you any flack, just explain that the tooth fairy is on a tighter budget this year.
Recycle your old toothbrush and get a new one
It’s not surprising that people are trying to cut down on their plastic use. After all, 80 million tons of polyethylene plastic are produced around the globe every year. What many people don’t know, however, is that you can recycle your toothbrush.
It seems counterintuitive; toothbrushes are gross, contaminated objects when they reach the end of their lifespan. But the majority of toothbrushes are made from this plastic, most of which can be recycled. You can also recycle toothpaste tubes!
Keep in mind that these items can’t just get thrown into your recycling bin. There are a few components that make up your toothbrush which necessitates a little extra work from the recyclers. That’s why many toothbrush brands offer a unique recycling program or recommend that you partner with a helpful recycling company, like TerraCycle. In the latter case, every two pounds of toothbrushes gathered gives you bonus points to use on their site. That’s perfect for when you need to replace your toothbrush. In fact, it’s recommended that you change it every couple of months to stay healthy.
Schedule a dentist appointment
When was the last time you had a dental checkup? Dental cleanings are essential in removing tartar build-up from the surface of our teeth. If left untreated, issues like the aforementioned periodontal disease might start to erupt.
When the United States spends three times more on healthcare than any other country, taking preventative measures should be one of your primary priorities. To celebrate the tooth fairy, booking a dentist appointment is a great way to take your health back into your own hands.
Celebrate like a Kardashian
Whether you love or hate the reality star, you have to admit Kim’s tooth fairy routine is adorable. In a recent article published by Life and Style, instead of simply leaving money for her children, Kim also leaves a glittering trail of “fairy dust” on her children’s sheets.
“K, guys, so it’s late night and what do you do when your daughter loses a tooth? I always like to leave a little glitter trail from the tooth fairy,” the star posted on her Instagram. “It’s like solidified tooth fairy prince going up to her pillow. So I used my ultralight beams and the Pat McGrath glitter and this will do the trick.”
While this might be a ruse to get fans to buy her glittery makeup, it’s sure to add something special to her child’s day. It might be worth it to stock up on some glitter for the next time your young one loses a tooth.
Clean your dog’s teeth
For many, cleaning your dog’s teeth seems like an unnecessary chore. But if you’re not cleaning your dog’s teeth, you’re opening the door for bacterial infections, plaque build-up, and countless issues down the line.
Just like humans, dogs and cats need to have their teeth taken care of by a skilled hand. While it’s easiest to train your dog to enjoy toothbrushing during their puppy years, older dogs are still able to receive oral health benefits through special chews and water additives. Regardless, your veterinarian should be monitoring the health of your pooch by the time they turn six months old. Be sure to get their teeth checked regularly to ensure swift intervention in the event of an emergency.
And there you have it: some of the best ways to celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day. Spread the word and tell your friends all the benefits of trying these tips to help become an advocate for dental health! Happy Tooth Fairy Day!