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the tooth fairy around the world

the tooth fairy around the world

The Tooth Fairy

We’re all familiar with the legend of the tooth fairy: once a child’s tooth has fallen out they are to place it under their pillow for the tooth fairy to collect. When they wake in the morning they will find the tooth is no longer there, but instead a coin has been left for the child to enjoy. But, as we’re about to find out, the tooth fairy isn’t found in every country around the world…

Raton De Los Dientes (The Tooth Mouse)

While the tooth fairy visits most English-speaking countries, the tooth mouse is her friendly Spanish-speaking counterpart. The mouse, mostly referred to as Ratoncito Perez, tends to be found in Spain, and other Spanish-speaking countries such as Argentina, Colombia and Peru. Ratoncito Perez scurries into the rooms of the sleeping child and collects their tooth in exchange for a small fee or gift. This much-loved mythical character even has a museum dedicated to him in Madrid.

France too has its own version of the tooth mouse, known as La Bonne Petite Souris. As with Ratoncito Perez, La Bonne Petite Souris takes the teeth from under the pillow and leaves some cash or controversially a sweet.

Throwing the Teeth

This custom is adapted depending on each culture, but the symbolic meaning is the same – to encourage strong and healthy teeth to sprout. Japanese children would throw the teeth from the lower jaw straight up into the air and the teeth from the upper jaw straight and down to the ground. This is how they want their new teeth to grow – straight and even.

Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt, Jordan and Iraq also have a similar tooth-throwing tradition, however they throw their tooth to the sun as a gift to the sun god in exchange for stronger and better teeth the second time round.

Feed Them to the Dogs

Mongolia’s tradition is a little less mythical. Rather than leaving the tooth for an inconspicuous evening-dweller, the children of Mongolia take the tooth and place it in some fat before feeding it to their dog. The idea of this is that their adult teeth can be as strong as their dog’s teeth once they have sprouted. If the child does not have a dog, they will then bury the tooth so that the new set of teeth will have strong roots like the trees.

If you would like to learn more about dentistry for children, including how dummies can affect your child’s teeth, please call us at Epsom Dental on 01372 720650 and book yourself in for an appointment with one of our highly trained and experienced dental practitioners. We pride ourselves on being delicate and gentle with all our clients.


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Thousands Of England’s Children Are Taken To Hospital For Tooth Extraction.- how do you stop this @EpsomDental

A recent article in a national newspaper Thousands of children have decayed teeth out in hospital.

We wondered why it is increasing – so we asked local dentist Chig Amin of Epsom Dental Centre why it is happening, and more importantly, what parents can do to ensure their children do not have to go through this:

“According to the latest statistics released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), England’s hospitals have seen an increased number of children’s admissions for severe tooth decay over the past four years.

The statistics conclude that there have been 128,558 cases of children aged 10 or under requiring emergency tooth extraction since 2011.

Furthermore, between 1st April 2014 to 31st March the following year, on call doctors performed tooth extractions on 14,445 children aged five or under. During the same time period, there were 19,336 cases of children aged between six and 10 who endured the same in-hospital procedure.

The reports also mention that this 10% rise in hospital admissions for tooth decay has “a strong correlation between area deprivation and the rate of tooth extraction”. In North West England there were 6,672 cases while London’s hospitals treated the most children in England with 8,362 cases.

The report goes on to explain that the children who had undergone a hospital tooth extraction have been “missed in primary care dentistry as the tooth decay is severe enough that they need hospital treatment, therefore it is likely that they have not regularly attended the dentist”. The authors of the report then go on to explain that “if they (the children) had gone to the dentist, their tooth decay should have been picked up earlier and not reached the stage of extraction.”

The authors then go on to point out the severity of the situation stating that; “The treatment occurring in secondary care implies the children are having their teeth extracted under general anesthetic and means that tooth decay has reached extreme levels.”

Regular dental check-ups are advised in order to prevent such extreme cases from occurring. Make an appointment for your child to have a check-up with their dentist every six months. That way your dentist can examine their teeth and gums to ensure there are no signs of tooth decay or gum disease. 

If you are unsure of how to brush correctly, your dentist will be more than happy to explain proper brushing technique to ensure your teeth are thoroughly cleaned. Moreover, a healthy balanced diet is just as important for warding off tooth decay as it is for keeping your body healthy. Your dentist can also give you and your family some helpful tips on how to eat correctly and what foods and drinks to avoid. 

Chief Executive of the British Oral Health Foundation, Dr. Nigel Hunt addressed this situation: “Around 40% of children still do not visit the dentist each year. Regular visits to the dentist encourage good oral health and provide rapid diagnosis and treatment to prevent children from being hospitalised due to tooth decay.”

Hunt went on to talk about how we can reduce tooth decay and improve our overall oral health through education: “The problem is partly one of improving oral health education. The Government and dental professionals need to work together to raise awareness of the impact of sugar on tooth decay and improve children’s access to NHS dental services.”

Improve Your Child’s Oral Health.

It is important that parents encourage their children to take care of their teeth and gums. Here are just a few pointers on how to prevent your child from developing tooth decay:

  • Avoid giving your child sugary drinks and sweets; instead, offer them water.
  • Make sure that your child brushes and flosses twice daily, for two minutes each session.
  • If you want to give your child a sugary treat, the best time to do so is as a dessert after their evening meal. Do not let them snack on sugary foods throughout the day.
  • Be aware of hidden sugars (often with an ‘-ose’ ending such as glucose, sucrose or fructose). Many ‘healthy’ snacks such as yogurts and cereal bars contain these sugars.

Your child’s first visit to the dentist should happen around their first birthday or when the first tooth sprouts. From there, they should be visiting their dentist for a check-up at least every six months, or as advised by their dentist.”

About The Author

Dr Chig Amin is the owner and principal dentist of the Epsom Dental Centre. Dr Amin regularly writes advice articles on family oral health matters. You can stay up to date on the best way to take care of your child’s oral health by ‘liking’ Epsom Dental’s Facebook page.

Original article –—how-do-you-stop-this-epsomdental

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Marie G.
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Martin W.
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David A.
I first went to see a dentist there named Rahul for emergency worked after being scared away from them as a child. He was so calm gentle and patient with the way he treated me that took my nervousness away. That was nearly 15 years ago and everything with this dental surgery has just got better over that time. Rahul is a great dentist who could teach masterclasses on how to deal with people. The reception staff are very welcoming, chatty but stay the right side of proffesional. THe Hygenists are always excellent. The appointments are always on time. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else more
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Andrew B.
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Stephan R.
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Lucy G.
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alexandra G.
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william D.
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Ross M.
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karen H.
Amazing dental practice. I am a healthcare professional myself with high standards. Dr Chirag Amin his excellent team surpassed expectation. Not only were they kind and friendly but clinically sound with highest treatment standards. An example to other Dental practices. Well done and keep up the good workread more
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Mitesh P.
I have always been a nervous person when it comes to Dentist but a couple of years ago I contacted Epsom Dental Centre they booked me in with Rahul and since that day I have started to overcome being Nervous. I have since had a lot of work done and thanks to Rahul I can now smile again without hiding my teeth. And I now continue to go to my 6 month check ups and hygienist check ups. The whole Team from the receptionist to the Dentist are amazing and very friendly. I would definitely recommend this Dentist to anyone who is Nervous and has a fear of more
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Katrina C.
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Julie S.
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Katie W.
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Rob N.
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Emma P.
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Will C.
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Holly S.
Great experience - not only did they squeeze me in at short notice, but they addressed all my issues in a competent and professional way. Rahul is easily the gentlest and most considerate dentist I have ever seen.
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Tanya T.
I have been coming to this dental practice for some time.I have received the same care and attention each and every time. From the moment I walk through the door the wonderful team in reception are always attentive and receptive to my needs.If you are looking for an experienced dentist - someone that listens to your fears and issues around any work that may be needed I highly recommend Mitesh Patel.I visited recently and as I’m on blood thinners I was quite anxious about having fillings. I have to say as fillings go - this was the best experience I have had. The pain was at an absolute minimal and Dr Patel had clearly researched how to use mindfulness exercises to distract unnecessary and unhelpful thoughts. I felt comfortable, safe and taken care of.The best dental practice in more
Atifa Ismailmiya-Balding
Atifa I.
Dr Chirag Amin was great, he has done a great job with my invisalign retainers in less then a year I have my straight teeth. Will highly recomend, I am very pleased.
Dana Gabriela
Dana G.
I hugely recommend Epsom Dental Centre. I have been a patient here for a number of years now and first arrived at the surgery with a life long phobia of the dentist! Since my first visit, I have had the most wonderful, caring and painless experience and in no time at all, my terrible fear disappeared! In fact, last year I decided to commence orthodontic treatment for problems I’d wanted to fix since I was a child and never had the courage. Today, I finished my 15 month long course of treatment which has involved wearing fixed braces for 10 months (I’m now in my 50’s by the way!), followed by 14 weeks of Invisalign. The whole package was very reasonably priced and I can honestly say, it’s been an amazingly painless and actually a pleasant and interesting experience. My dentist, Chig, couldn’t have been more caring, helpful, supportive and attentive all the way through. From the beginning he explained the procedure very clearly and has done a completely amazing job! I am so thrilled with my new smile and I’m really going to miss my frequent visits to the surgery. I have posted some videos on my YouTube channel of my treatment and progress. Thank you Chig, Chirag and your lovely team! See you in 6 months!read more
Lisa Davies
Lisa D.
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Amy Dulley
Amy D.
Really friendly staff that are warm and genuine, especially Catherine who managed to schedule an emergency appointment the very next day after explaining my desperation!This was my first ever visit and felt in very competent hands. So impressed With Dr Amin who put me so at ease and left me completely pain free! I even received a follow up call the next day to check my progress...wonderful practice! Thank youS Burningham, Worcester Parkread more
hello m8
hello M.
I Cannot recommend you guys enough! I have had a genuine phobia of dentists and have been too scared to go for years! The team put me at complete ease and comfort as soon as i walked in! Thank you for helping me over come my fear!
Emily Sphikas
Emily S.
Epsom Dental Centre have always been so professional with all our family. Recently my daughter (12) had to have root canal and two teeth extractions and Mitesh was unbelievable at keeping her calm and reassuring her as she was understandably nervous. Everything was done to a high standard and they took great care in ensuring she was looked after every step of the procedure. I really recommend Epsom Dental Centre for anyone looking for a family friendly more
Nicola Peaty
Nicola P.
Chig is by far the best dentist I’ve ever seen. His manner, approach and mentality towards patient care is exemplary. Can’t fault his sympathy for pain and budget(!). Terrific dentist who deserves all the plaudits going.Who can forget the lovely ladies on reception who never forget your name or even your job. Terrific service all more
Elly Dunn
Elly D.