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Want to learn more about the Tooth Fairy? Did you know that the Tooth Fairy collects over 300,000 teeth per night! Wow! That’s a lot of teeth! Did you ever wonder where all those teeth go? You can find that out and more when you read our Tooth Fairy tales on the FlutterBlog.

Our Tooth Fairy blog is intended to promote knowledge of the Tooth Fairy and understanding about healthy teeth. Learn more about the Tooth Fairy Traditions and best Dental Practices here.

Top 10 Tooth Fairy Costumes for Halloween

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Trick or treat? Pirates steal your treats and ghosts only offer tricks, but the Tooth Fairy always leaves a nice surprise for you under your pillow. That’s why dressing up in a Tooth Fairy Costume for Halloween is a naturally popular choice for both children and adults. The character not only represents a long-standing tradition but promotes healthy dental habits for children world wide. Since Flutterpop is the resource for all things Tooth-Fairy, the team here wanted to put together the top ten Tooth Fairy costumes in preparation for All Hallows’ Eve next month


Tooth Fairy Costumes for Children

Halloween is one of the most anticipated days for children across the United States, not only do you get to dress up as your favorite characters, but you get to collect candy throughout the day. When picking a Halloween Costume for your child, the options are limitless and at times overwhelming. For Halloween this year, why not chose a Tooth Fairy costume for your child? The Tooth Fairy makes the journey of losing teeth fun and magical, so order one these Tooth Fairy costumes for children below.



White Tooth Fairy Costume

This pearly white tutu is as white as a healthy tooth! Your child will remind everyone to brush their teeth after eating their treats, and you’ll be thanked later by all the parents in the neighborhood.






Blue Tooth Fairy Costume

Blue like the sky on a bright, clear day. This tooth fairy costume for children will have everyone seeing clearly that magic is real so long as they believe!






Green Tooth Fairy Costume

This green fairy costume is a less conventional version of the Tooth Fairy.  Some kids might be green with envy when they see your child prancing around like a wood nymph. But when they realize they’re the Tooth Fairy they’ll be happy for the reminder that their fairy friend is looking out for them!






Spring Tooth Fairy Costume

Spring is the time of year when everything’s in bloom,  so it’s no surprise that the Tooth Fairy would serve as a reminder of teeth coming in like lily white flowers. Luckily, unlike flowers, permanent teeth only come in once!






Rainbow Tooth Fairy Costume

Rainbows mean everyone’s included! So this Halloween remind everyone that no matter who they are the Tooth Fairy’s on their side (and to brush their teeth, of course)!




Tooth Fairy Costumes for Adults

Watching your children on Halloween is like watching your children lose their baby teeth: anticipation, drama, and fear of trauma! Picking out the right costume, making sure your child looks good, keeping an eye out for extra scary costumes so there’s no nightmares; it’s enough to give you flashbacks! Luckily, you can wear one of these Tooth Fairy costumes for adults to make the journey of trick or treating as painless as the journey to permanent teeth. Seeing you in one of these Tooth Fairy costumes for adults will put everyone at ease, and you’ll get your fair share of gap-toothed smiles from all the boys and girls who finally get to see who’s been giving them prizes in exchange for teeth.



Adult White Tooth Fairy Costume

Your children will be standing in the light of your halo, without a worry or a frown because they’ll finally have their guardian angel…once you put on those Tooth Fairy wings, of course!






Tooth Fairy Mascot Costume

Is the Tooth Fairy herself a giant tooth? We’ll let you decide! Because on Halloween, and every other night, the Tooth Fairy takes whatever form you like.






Women’s Tooth Fairy Costume

Everyone who greets you at their doorstep will think they’ve stepped into their very own fairy tale when they see you in this dress. Pair with one of the Tooth Fairy costumes for children to make sure you share equal billing with your child instead of stealing the show!






Men’s Tooth Fairy Costume

It’s 2019; if dad wants to be a Tooth Fairy he can! With these wings, tutu, and crown, you’ll transform into the Tooth Father and everyone will believe magic is real!






Tooth Fairy Mascot Costume With Hat

If you would like a more humorous costume for adults this Halloween, look no further. This rendition of the Tooth Fairy is sure to turn heads, dress up head to toe as a wandering tooth. This costume will be the life of any party.




If you’re going to be the Tooth Fairy for Halloween you’re going to need to be prepared to answer all sorts of questions. So brush up on everything you need to know about losing your teeth, read up all about the Tooth Fairy, and commit to memory time-honored Tooth Fairy traditions. The better you play the part of the Tooth Fairy the more real she becomes!

The ABCs of Cavities

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At FlutterPop, we talk a lot about taking good care of teeth. Practicing good oral health is an important step in your body’s overall health. When teeth have problems, it’s harder to talk and chew, and infections can cause fevers and severe pain. The best way to avoid cavities is to brush twice a day, floss once a day, drink plenty of water, and visit the dentist twice a year. Read our 10 Habits of Good Tooth Care for more ways to maintain a healthy smile. 

Even with everything we know about caring for teeth, cavities do still happen. When kids get cavities, it’s often because they aren’t brushing properly, aren’t flossing, or aren’t practicing good habits. Sometimes, though, cavities occur because of genetics and tooth enamel that is more prone to decay. Your dentist can discuss the options with you if this is the case for your child.

What Are Cavities?

Cavities happen when bacteria break through the enamel to create a hole in a tooth. The cavity itself is an infection, and bacteria has now invaded areas that should have been protected. The cavity is a permanently damaged part of the tooth and will get worse if left untreated.

When a cavity first starts, there might not be any symptoms. But as it gets worse, symptoms include tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks, visible holes or black spots on teeth, and pain when chewing. Most cavities can be caught right away if your child is going to the dentist once every 6 months, which makes the treatment much easier.

What is the Treatment for Cavities?

When the dentist finds a cavity, either on the tooth surface or through X-rays, he or she will schedule a follow up appointment to treat the cavity. The treatment for a cavity is to clean the affected area and then fill it with a material that restores the tooth to its original shape and function. Once a cavity has been filled, the area that was affected won’t decay any further, unless another part of the tooth develops a cavity.

Pediatric Dentists typically use nitrous oxide to get the child ready for treatment. If the cavity is new, this “laughing gas” might be the only thing the dentist uses before applying the drill. If the cavity is a little deeper, or your child isn’t responding to the gas, a shot of Novocaine may also be necessary to numb the mouth. Pediatric dentists will generally work quickly and speak to the child throughout the process to keep a calm but upbeat mood during treatment. The dentist will finish his or her work with a filling, and then it’s all done!

What Kind of Filling Will Be Used?

The two most common types of fillings are amalgam and composite. Metal, silver, gold, and even porcelain are other filling materials, but these are much more expensive, so they are not used very often. Always check with your insurance if the dentist offers a choice, as there may be coverage for one but not the other.

Amalgam is silver in color and is a combination of metals. These fillings have been in use for over 100 years, so they are known to be effective. If the filling is going into a permanent tooth, an amalgam filling will last up to 15 years. The dentist will be able to tell during checkups if the filling needs to be replaced. Because amalgams are more noticeable with their silver color, not everyone likes having them, but they are usually more affordable.

Composite fillings are made from a compound of ceramic and plastic. These are white fillings, so they blend in with the natural tooth color and are more attractive. Composite materials are flexible and reach further into the tooth, which means less drilling. While many people prefer these fillings because they aren’t noticeable after treatment, they usually need to be replaced within 7 years, which can make them less convenient. Composite materials are more expensive, but they are often still covered by insurance.

Once the treatment is over, it’s important to follow the dentist’s instructions about eating and drinking for the rest of that day. If your child’s mouth is numb, remind him or her to be careful not to bite down on the cheek or tongue. Most people can resume normal eating and drinking the same day a cavity is filled. Once it’s all over, continue practicing vigilant oral healthcare to prevent any additional cavities.

FlutterPop believes that great oral health is an important part of the whole body’s health. For more information about keeping teeth healthy, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Tooth Fairy Tips: 10 Habits of Good Tooth Brushers

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Teeth play a major role in our overall health. Not only are they a vital step in food digestion, but healthy teeth are a major line of defense against harmful bacteria that can invade the bloodstream. We’ve put together a list of 10 Habits of Good Tooth Care that will help families keep those pearly whites sparkling for a lifetime.

  1. Oral hygiene starts in infancy. Bacteria are present even in the smallest baby’s mouth. It’s important for parents to gently clean their infant’s gums with a clean wet cloth. Babies should never be put to bed with a bottle, as this can allow bacteria to quickly grow in the liquids that pool in their mouths.
  2. Good brushing takes practice. Parents should begin teaching their toddlers how to brush their teeth using a training toothpaste that is safe to swallow. Toddlers need to practice and get used to holding the toothbrush. But parents should follow up by brushing after their child brushes until parent and dentist agree that the child can brush on his own, which could be around age 6 or 7.
  3. Brush teeth every morning. While it’s still up for debate whether brushing before or after breakfast is best, teeth definitely need to be brushed every morning. If you do wait until after breakfast to brush your teeth, it’s best to wait about 30 minutes so that tooth enamel isn’t still weakened from acids in the food. A better compromise may be to brush as soon as you wake up, and then drink a glass of water after eating.
  4. Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is essential to keep the body running at its best, and this includes oral health. Water after meals will keep acids and sugars moving away from teeth and gums so they don’t have time to dig in and cause harm.
  5. Avoid foods high in sugar. Sugar might be delicious, but too many sweets are hard on teeth. Sugar turns into acid in the mouth, and this acid is what attacks tooth enamel to cause cavities.
  6. Eat foods that are good for the mouth. Foods that are high in calcium help teeth remineralize, which is how they recover from acid in other foods. Crunchy fruits and vegetables have a high water content, which stimulates saliva and keeps bacteria moving away from teeth and into the digestive tract.
  1. Brush before bed. Brushing teeth before going to sleep removes the day’s bacteria from teeth so that it can’t harden into plaque, which causes cavities and gum disease. To make sure the mouth can rest easy overnight, avoid eating or drinking anything other than water after bedtime brushing.
  2. Floss every day. Flossing between teeth will help to remove food particles that get stuck, and it will clear the bacteria that your toothbrush can’t reach. Daily flossing is important for avoiding cavities between the teeth and gum disease.
  3. Remember the tongue and gums. The bacteria in your mouth don’t just live on your teeth. They camp out all over the place, so it’s important to gently care for the tongue and gums, just as much as you care for your teeth. Most toothbrushes have rubber nubs on the backside of the head that is made for brushing over the tongue. Mouthwash is similar to floss in that it can reach spaces that a toothbrush can’t. Talk to a pediatric dentist before allowing a child to use mouthwash, though, as swallowing it can be harmful.
  4. Visit the dentist twice a year. While the majority of oral health maintenance takes place at home, dental checkups are an essential component. Starting in infancy, the dentist will be on the lookout for potential problems and will reinforce good habits. Catching potential cavities before they start with regular cleanings will prevent painful and expensive treatments later. By taking care of teeth at home and keeping regular dental appointments, you and your kids will have a great experience with the dentist that supports healthy teeth and gums for life.

There you have it, 10 Habits of Good Tooth Care! If you’d like more tips and tools for caring for teeth, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

When Will I Lose My First Tooth? (And Other Big Questions From Kids About Losing Teeth!)

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If it seems like all your friends and all the kids in your class are losing teeth, you probably have teeth on your mind all the time! When will I lose my first tooth? How do teeth come out? How many teeth will I lose? Which one will come out first? We know you probably have a lot of questions about losing teeth, and here at FlutterPop, we want to make sure you have all the right answers!

When Does the First Tooth Fall Out?

You probably don’t remember getting your baby teeth, but it happens at different times for everyone. Losing teeth is also different for everyone. Most kids lose their first tooth sometime after their 6th birthday, but some kids are 7 before they lose their first tooth!

Sometimes, permanent teeth take a little longer to get themselves ready, which can make your baby teeth wait to fall out. But other times, permanent teeth are in a hurry to grow into their spot in your mouth, so they push the baby teeth right out of the way! When you visit the dentist, he or she will take pictures of your teeth and jawbones called X-rays, and then you’ll be able to see where your permanent teeth are. Your dentist can tell you if your baby teeth are going to start getting loose soon, so go ahead and ask about it during your check-up. If you’re getting ready for your very first tooth fairy visit, go to our shop and ask your parents to get you a special tooth pillow for your tooth exchange.

How Do Teeth Come Out?

Teeth have one part we can see, called the crown, and a part we can’t see, called the root. The root goes down into your gums to hold your teeth where they belong. When the permanent tooth starts pushing on the roots of a baby tooth, it makes the tooth loose. This is when you feel the tooth start to wiggle around. The tooth might not wiggle very much at first, but if you keep moving it around with your tongue, it will start to move more and more until it pops out!

It’s never a good idea to try to yank a tooth out of your mouth before it’s ready. It’s best to let the tooth get ready on its own so that a gentle tug is all you need to finally make it come out. Part of the root might break off and stay down in the gums, but that’s okay. The root will dissolve all by itself without you even knowing or feeling a thing!

How Many Teeth Will I Lose?

When you were born, you had 20 baby teeth already in your gums! Once those teeth started pushing their way into your mouth, your permanent teeth began to form. There are 32 permanent teeth, if you can believe it. Your 6-year molars come in right around the same time you start losing your first baby teeth.

Molars are the flat teeth at the back of your mouth where you do most of your chewing. 6-year molars are the first of your permanent teeth that never had baby teeth before them. While you’ll lose all 20 baby teeth and notice those new permanent teeth growing in where they fell out, you’ll also feel other molars growing in all by themselves.

Which Teeth Will I Lose First?

The first teeth that most kids lose are the very front top and bottom teeth. These are called incisors, and they are sharp for biting into food. Hopefully, your permanent incisors will come in fast, or else it will be hard to eat things like apples, pizza, and corn on the cob! Don’t worry, you can always cut these foods up to eat while you wait for your new teeth.

You’ll probably notice a pattern of losing your teeth from front to back. Even though a lot of them will come out that way, you really could lose them in any order. Sometimes, you’ll lose a lot of teeth pretty close together. There’s nothing to be afraid of, though. Those permanent teeth are on their way, and you’ll have strong, sharp teeth very soon!

Are you close to losing your first tooth? Then it’s time to learn all about the tooth fairy! Visit our Tooth Fairy tales to read all about this busy fairy. Ask your parents to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for even more stories!

Best Tooth Brushing Videos for Kids

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Do you know how many times a day you need to brush your teeth? Everyone needs to brush twice a day! Most of us brush our teeth once in the morning and then right before bed. Brushing teeth is super important because it cleans away all the gunk and germs that like to live in our mouths. If you don’t brush properly, those germs can dig into your teeth and cause cavities! Cavities are yucky little holes in your teeth that have to be fixed at the dentist.

So now you know why your mom, dad, and dentist all tell you to brush your teeth every day. Do you know who else loves nice clean teeth? The tooth fairy!! As the tooth fairy’s special consultants, we here at FlutterPop have talked to the tooth fairy personally about this very important topic, and clean teeth are a must for great tooth fairy rewards.

Where Can I Learn How to Brush My Teeth?

It’s not only important to brush your teeth twice a day, but you also have to do a good job and brush them properly. That means brushing all over each tooth and brushing for 2 whole minutes every time. The yucky gunk on teeth, called plaque, likes to hide out in spots that are easy to miss with a toothbrush. But that plaque is no match for you if you know where to find it!

Your parents should have taught you how to brush your teeth already, and they might still help you once a day. If they do help you, make sure you follow directions so that your teeth are nice and clean for your dentist visits! We know that learning how to brush your teeth from mom and dad can be a little boring, so we looked for some fun tooth brushing videos that you can watch with their permission.

PBS shows are some of our favorites for learning about all kinds of new things. Sesame Street’s Elmo and Daniel Tiger each have their own video for brushing teeth. Do a fun dance with Elmo while he sings and brushes with all kinds of different friends! Go on a bubbly make believe journey with Daniel Tiger before he brushes his teeth to get ready for school. Daniel uses a timer to make sure he brushes for a whole 2 minutes. Do you have a timer for brushing your teeth?

Do you watch Blippi videos? We can’t get enough of Blippi’s silly and exciting ways of making learning fun. Blippi teaches kids about all kinds of things, so of course he made a song about brushing teeth! Check it out and let us know if you like this one. Blippi’s song is exactly 2 minutes long, so you can brush your teeth for the right amount of time while you listen to it!

Super Simple is a great website for parents and kids that makes learning fun. The Super Simple Monsters star in a music video about brushing your teeth. Does your family like the Super Simple songs? You can even download a coloring page about brushing your teeth if your parents say it’s okay!

We found another song that teaches all about brushing your teeth the right way by Kids Learning Videos. This song is 2 minutes long, too!

These videos aren’t just fun songs with our favorite characters. When you listen to the words and watch the video, you’ll see just the right way to take care of your teeth. Make sure to use just a little bit of toothpaste, brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time, and move your toothbrush up and down, side to side, and round and round over all of your teeth!

Brushing teeth the right way is the best way to have great dental checkups. If you want to see more videos and other helpful ideas for taking care of your teeth, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.