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Tooth fairy used as dental health educator in Kansas
Updated: 3/24/2009 6:59:58 AM

Tooth fairy used as dental health educator in Kansas A dental care professional is suggesting parents grab the opportunity when their child starts to lose their baby teeth as a way of educating them about maintaining optimal dental health.

John Hay, a dentist from Kansas, said when a child loses their teeth, the process can be a "significant point of maturation for many children," the Lawrence Journal World & News reports.

"Most of the kids I see are excited about it," Hay told the news provider. "They come in wanting you to check to see if they have any loose teeth yet. A lot of time, the schools make charts of children who have lost teeth, and that helps generate some excitement."

That excitement, according to the dentist, can be used to inform children about different tooth fairy traditions as well as how to administer regular teeth cleanings.

"Parents should stress that it's a natural process and the Tooth Fairy makes that a positive part of the experience," Hay said.

Some Kansas parents have incorporated a different tradition, where the tooth fairy leaves a small present or jewel instead of money, or read their child a story about dental health during the tooth-losing process.

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