Amelia knows that teeth are valuable!

24th April 2018 | Posted by: Vanessa Giraud

teeth are valuable. Photo of a girl holding a tooth that's come outAmelia’s lost her first tooth! She’s very happy! It was wobbling and Amelia was wondering when it was going to come out. She knew she had to be patient though. Wiggling it a bit, but leaving the tooth to come out in its own time. “It’s good I didn’t lose it down the plughole,” she said. “I need to leave it for the tooth fairy!” Amelia knows that her teeth are valuable!

The tooth fairy helps children learn that teeth are valuable!

What’s the tooth fairy paying these days? Ask ten children, and the amount of money each finds under the pillow will be different. Ranging from a coin to paper money. What matters is that the tooth has a value. A tooth is something precious. We treasure the smiles children give us so we want our children to grow up with great teeth for life. A good reason for paying for a tooth is to help children to see that a tooth is worth something – that teeth should be looked after and cherished.

Why do children lose their teeth?

We human’s only have two sets of teeth in our life. Our first teeth are small, to fit into our young mouths. During our childhood and teens, our jaw grows and we need bigger, stronger teeth. Unlike a shark, we can’t produce endless replacement teeth though. Once a secondary tooth is lost or damaged, that’s it – gone for ever. Which is why children need to learn to look after their teeth.

teeth are valuable - girl shows the gap in her mouthWhat about dental checks?

The NHS covers the cost for children under 18 to see the dentist at no expense to parents or guardians. This is because dental checks are important. Amelia visits her dentist every six months. Matthew checks that her mouth and teeth are healthy, gives her tips about brushing, and checks that incoming teeth are on track. As Amelia’s been visiting the dentist since she was a baby, she’s acclimatised, and not nervous at all.

A few facts about children’s teeth:

SpaDental Plymouth is registering children for NHS treatment.

Please contact us to learn more.


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