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Losing a child’s first baby tooth can be one of the most magical times of childhood. For many, it means a visit from the Tooth Fairy is near. This mythical fairy is believed to have begun in the United States in the early 1900s and has been a beloved tradition ever since.

Barring the unexpected, children typically begin to lose their baby teeth between the ages of 5 and 7. The child’s excitement grows when a tooth has been replaced under their pillow with a reward in its stead. Some fairies give a greater reward for cavity-free teeth. Having a greater reward system from the Tooth Fairy already established opens the conversation between parents, dentists, and children about dental hygiene.

Young children are especially at risk for developing cavities. Forty-two percent of children between the ages of 2 and 11 develop a cavity. This statistic can be staggering for parents who want to prevent such decay.

One of the most common causes of tooth decay in toddlers is going to bed with a bottle or sippy cup of milk or juice. The sugar in these beverages can sit in the mouth the entire night, allowing bacteria to grow.

But there are ways to help prevent tooth decay. If a child needs a drink to sleep, give them water. Be sure to help your child brush his or her teeth twice a day, but especially after eating something extremely sweet. A child’s first appointment can be made as soon as a tooth comes out of the gums.

If you would like more information about how the Tooth Fairy can help fight tooth decay, call one of our dentists, Dr. Nidal Obeid and Associates, at 773-561-5106 to set up a visit today. Here at Family Dental of Lincoln, we are thrilled to help you get your healthiest smile in our Chicago, Illinois, office.