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Pearly Whites

I recently cleaned out my attic, sorting through a few generations’ worth of stuff. One box had my mother’s mementos. I found a small bag with a lock of my hair and one of my baby teeth. In any other context, that would be disturbing, but parents have a compulsion to save “firsts.”

The tradition of exchanging teeth for money goes back to at least the 13th century, where it was documented in Norse writings, but the first mention of the modern Tooth Fairy was in a 1908 Household Hints column in the Chicago Daily Tribune.

According to a 2013 survey, children receive an average of $3.70 per tooth. My kids got quarters, so someone out there was finding $7.15 under their pillow.

February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day. If you leave money, or have some other tradition, thank the men and women who keep our teeth healthy: your dentist!

1. Specialized

It always amazes me that dentists and oral surgeons can get so much accomplished in such a small space.

2. Nice Work if You Can Get It

Though with all of the advances, most procedures are entirely pain-free now.

3. Whine

I think most people agree: it’s not the feel of the drill, but the sound. If someone made a silent version, they’d be a millionaire overnight.

4. Twice a Day

They really don’t ask a lot. It won’t help if you don’t follow directions, though.

5. Support

Definitely don’t forget the hygienists. They do a lot for the patients, too.

This is just a short list of the dentist mugs we have available. Need more than one? U.S. orders of two or more mugs get free shipping, so you’ll have cash to put under the pillow!