Use the links
below to navigate to some fun, educational links for
your child. They can play games, watch videos,
take quizzes, while at the same time learning about
healthy oral care.
If you've seen the
holiday TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer, then you know that Hermey the
Elf is very excited about becoming a dentist.
been designated a DDG, or Dental Do Gooder,
by Dr. Maxine Feinberg, ADA president, for
promoting good dental health to his friend
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and everyone in
the North Pole. He loves teeth and he thinks
everyone should know how to take care of them.
awesomely cool website where your child can play
games, watch videos, take quizzes, while at the
same time learning about healthy oral care.
There is also a lot of information for parents
to help you teach your child the importance of
taking care of their teeth.
What You Need to Know
Merritt offers this advice regarding the Tooth Fairy. A
child's tooth beginning to loosen can bring on a lot of
excitement. Please avoid the "String and Slamming Door"
method for tooth pulling. Don't force the removal. A
tooth that is ready to be removed will come out with a
gentle tug. Using a dry paper towel to hold onto the
loose tooth works well. A tooth that is ready to come
out won't bleed very much. Warm salt water can be handy to rinse out the mouth.
should you do if the tooth is accidentally swallowed?
First, remember, this too shall pass.
Inform the child that this is not the first time this
has occurred and that they should relax. Leave a short
note to explain to the Tooth Fairy that a tooth has
indeed been lost. Just don't expect a "full" payment for
Clicking here will download a PDF chart that your
family can use to log Tooth Fairy visits. Tooth Fairy
rates vary widely across the country. Usually, the first
tooth brings a premium amount. And the larger molars can
be expected to fetch a larger award. However, a tooth
that has been been cared for with proper brushing and
regular visits to Dr. Merritt may be considered a high
value tooth by the Tooth Fairy. It is very important to
get to bed early and go right to sleep when expecting
the Tooth Fairy. Also, help make it easy to find your
tooth by placing it inside a "baggy." There are even
Tooth Fairy pillows available. These are very small
pillows with a little pocket to put your tooth in.