Victoria Dental Group: It’s Feb. 28, National Tooth Fairy Day, and for us, that means that we’re sitting down with the one and only Tooth Fairy herself! Tooth Fairy, welcome and Happy You Day!
Tooth Fairy: Thank you so much. I’m so happy to be here.
Victoria Dental Group: So, Tooth Fairy, why don’t you tell us a little bit about the day and what it all means?
Tooth Fairy: Well, everyone knows what I do. Whenever a child loses a baby tooth, they hide it under their pillow. Then it’s my job to sneak in, collect the tooth, and put a reward in its place. It’s a fair trade, right?
Victoria Dental Group: Sounds like it to us. So, how exactly do you decide what to leave behind?
Tooth Fairy: Well, it’ll take far too long to explain my system, but let’s see if I can summarize. To make a long story short, we have a very specific conversion formula at Tooth Fairy Headquarters. The healthier the tooth, the more it’s worth! That’s why it’s so important to brush regularly, floss, and avoid foods that damage your enamel.
Victoria Dental Group: What does your ideal tooth look like?
Tooth Fairy: It’s a tooth that gets brushed twice a day, flossed at least once a day, and isn’t exposed to a lot of foods and drinks like caramel, juice, pop, and so on. Oh, and it’s a tooth that also grew in healthy gums. It’s important not to forget to brush those too.
Victoria Dental Group: How long should you brush your teeth?
Tooth Fairy: You should brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day.
Victoria Dental Group: Some people tell us that two minutes is too long. Do you have any advice we can pass on to our patients?
Tooth Fairy: It might seem like a long time, but it’s very important. Brushing for two minutes makes sure that you get all the harmful plaque off your teeth. You should brush in small circles and make sure to get along your gumline. Of course, you should also check in with your dentist regularly to get an even more thorough cleaning than you can give yourself at home. Honestly, seeing teeth that are treated like that? Those are the real moneymakers when it comes to tooth-fairying.
Victoria Dental Group: What about foods and drinks? How do those affect your teeth?
Tooth Fairy: Foods and beverages can affect your teeth in ways you might not even realize. Even chewing on ice can risk chipping a tooth, which is incredibly painful. Hard candies, citrus, caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea, and anything that sticks to your teeth — even healthy foods like dried fruit — can cause decay because they sit on your enamel for a long time. So, take care of your teeth by choosing healthier foods.
Victoria Dental Group: Finally, we have to ask: what do you do with all those teeth?
Tooth Fairy: Sorry, pal. Now you’re verging on Top Secret Tooth Fairy information!
Victoria Dental Group: Haha, ok! Thanks for joining us, and Happy National Tooth Fairy Day!