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Tooth Fairy “Tooth” Box

July 29th, 2011

For your child, losing their first tooth, or any baby teeth for that matter, can be exciting! They might ask you, “what do I do with my lost tooth?” Well, you simply place it under your pillow at night and when you are fast asleep the tooth fairy will come and whisk your tooth away leaving behind a special gift just for you! Here’s a great craft project for you and your child from Disney that will make the tooth fairy’s job a little easier and give their tooth a special place to stay until it is taken away.

Tooth Fairy “Tooth” Box

What you will need:

• 1 large empty match box
• Enough felt to wrap the box and inside sliding tray
• Ribbon
• Glue (tacky glue or a hot glue gun)
• Markers
• White, pink and blue (or your child’s favorite color) felt for decorating the matchbox
• Scissors

Step 1: Pull the inner tray out of the box and line the inside with glue and felt as shown. Wrap the outside of the box with felt and glue it in place.

Step 2:
Glue ribbon to the outside of the box in a hanging loop shape. Fold another piece of ribbon in half and glue it to the bottom of the inner tray to create a handle for sliding it in and out.

Step 3: Draw a tooth shape on paper, cut it out, and trace it onto the white felt twice. Cut out the teeth and face details.

Step 4:
Decorate the teeth with the eyes and cheeks and draw on a mouth. Glue one tooth to the outside of the box.

Step 5: Create a tooth pocket by applying glue to the sides and bottom of the remaining tooth as shown, leaving an opening at the top. Glue the pocket to the inside tray. Once the glue dries, the box is Tooth Fairy-ready.

Now your child can put the tooth inside the inner pocket and hang it outside their door before they go to bed!

We hope you enjoy making your Tooth Fairy Box!

- Dr. Graber, Dr. Aadland, Dr. Henriksen, and staff

Understanding Tooth Sensitivity [Video]

July 22nd, 2011

Tooth sensitivity if a very common problem for many adults. We found this helpful video that discusses what actually is going on when you experience pain or discomfort due to tooth sensitivity. If you have additional questions about tooth sensitivity, ask Dr. Graber, Dr. Aadland, or Dr. Henriksen during your next visit to the Dental Comfort Center, or give our office a call.

Understanding Gum Disease [Video]

July 15th, 2011

Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults? Below you'll find a video that our team at the Dental Comfort Center found which explains the three stages of gum disease, what to watch for and some simple preventive techniques.

If you have any more questions about gum disease or how to maintain good oral health, please feel free to give our office a call.

Understanding Cavities with The Dental Comfort Center

July 8th, 2011

One word nobody wants to hear when they visit the Dental Comfort Center is..... Cavity! That’s right, the dreaded cavity; but what exactly is a cavity and how do you get one? A cavity is a hole that develops in a tooth when the tooth begins to decay. It’s important to get a cavity filled as soon as it’s detected so that it does not grow bigger.

So, what causes a cavity? A cavity is caused by plaque, a sticky substance that forms on the tooth as a result of germ and bacteria build-up. Plaque is acidic and as it clings to your teeth the acids eat away the outside of the tooth (also called the enamel) and a hole is formed.

Yes, cavities can be repaired by your dentist, but here are a few simple steps you can take to prevent cavities:

• Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily
• Gently brush your gums to keep them healthy (when choosing a toothbrush it is recommended to use soft bristles)
• Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food that may be caught between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach
• Limit the amount of soda and sugary treats you eat/drink
• Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and check-up

If you have additional questions about how to prevent cavities or if you need to schedule your next visit with Dr. Dennis Graber, Dr. Aaron Aadland, or Dr. Cody Henriksen, give us a call.

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