Baby Teeth Folklore Around The World

Posted 12/7/17 by Dr. Maureen Copeland

WE’VE ALL HEARD OF the Tooth Fairy, even if the details are a little different from one family to the next. But did you know that the Tooth Fairy is only common in certain countries? Across the world, there are many different ways families celebrate a child losing a tooth!

El Ratoncito Perez And La Petite Souris
In many countries, instead of a tooth fairy, they have a tooth mouse! Spanish-speaking countries such as Spain, Guatemala, and Mexico have their teeth swapped for coins by El Ratoncito Perez (also known as Raton Miguelito). La Petit Souris (Little Mouse) collects the baby teeth of children in France and Switzerland.
Some countries like Argentina also have a tooth mouse, but instead of putting the tooth under a pillow, children place it in a glass of water and wait for a coin to take its place by morning!
Children of other countries that celebrate this mythical mouse believe if they put their tooth under their pillow, the mouse won’t trade it for money or candy, but it will guarantee that the new tooth grows in strong and healthy.

Tooth To The Roof
In countries like Greece, China, Singapore, and Vietnam, children throw their teeth on the roof. Some of these countries believe if the tooth lands straight, the new tooth will grow in straight, but if it lands crooked, the new tooth will grow in crooked! Do you have good enough aim for that tradition?

Native American Traditions
There are many different ways American Indian tribes celebrate losing a tooth. The Cherokee Indian children would run around the house with the tooth and throw it on the roof while saying, “Beaver, put a new tooth in my jaw!” four times.
The children of the Dene Yellowknives, on the other hand, give the lost tooth to their mother or grandmother, who in turn puts the tooth in a tree. Then the family dances around the tree to encourage the tooth to grow in as straight as the trunk!

The Tooth Fairy And Money
The tradition we’re most familiar with, of course, is the Tooth Fairy. In the United States, Denmark, England, and Australia, when a child loses their tooth, they put it under their pillow at night in hopes that the Tooth Fairy will come and replace it with money (or sometimes candy).
If your or your children are bored with the Tooth Fairy and are looking for ways to spice up your family traditions, here are a few neat alternatives you could try instead of just replacing the tooth with money! If you’re really good at video editing and special effects, you might even do something like this:

Have Fun With Loose Teeth Traditions!
Whether it’s a Tooth Fairy, a mouse, or dancing around a tree, losing a tooth is a special occasion anywhere in the world, with many different ways to make it exciting and fun. Does your family have a cool tradition for loose teeth? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below or when your child comes in for their next visit!
Good luck with those baby teeth, and remember: we’re rooting for you!

Don’t Let Those Insurance Benefits Expire!

Posted 11/27/17 by Dr. Maureen Copeland

2017 IS ALMOST OVER, and that means it’s time to talk about dental insurance. Most dental plans don’t let the benefits roll over into the next year if they go unused. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of all your benefits, then now is the time to do so!

Is Your Coverage Compatible?

We accept all PPO insurances. Metlife, Aetna, Cigna, Delta Dental, Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Healthcare are just some of the companies we work with. Just call and speak to Nicole and she can answer any questions you have and get you information before your appointment. We obtain estimates and file claims for you right from our office.

Commonly Covered Procedures

Most insurance plans cover your preventative visits (exams, x-rays and a regular cleaning) completely. They also cover procedures like fillings, crowns, root canals, deep cleanings, dentures and tooth extractions. Some plans cover dental implants, orthodontics and night guards.

What To Do Before The Year Ends

Call our office to schedule, especially if you need an evening, a Saturday, or a specific week, like when school lets out. This not only guarantees we can see you before the end of the year, but also allows enough time to complete certain procedures that require more than 1 appointment! Some things require 2 weeks or longer, and we want to be sure we can get it done before time runs out.

We Can’t Wait To See You!

We’re always looking out for our patients and want to make sure you’re taking the fullest advantage of your benefits! If you have any questions regarding dental insurance, stop by or call us today and we can help!
The greatest benefits are to your dental health!

Get a Dream Smile with Invisalign

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Did you know that tooth shifting is not just a problem for young adults? Teeth can shift at any time in your life. Maybe that once perfect smile is no more. Maybe you have always yearned for straight teeth, but braces were not affordable. Guess what? There are ways for adults to have braces that are both affordable and discreet.

At Cedar Lake Dental we offer two options for adult tooth alignment: Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Both options allow you to correct your smile without the use of the obvious metal braces.


The Invisalign system, a global company created in 1997, offers a discreet and often unnoticeable alternative to tooth alignment. Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligning trays to gradually shift teeth into the correct position. These aligners are custom designed for each individual patient by use of a 3-D model created from the x-rays, photos and impressions of that patient. They are designed to be worn for two weeks at a time, taken out only to eat and to brush and floss your teeth. The ideal wearing time is 20-22 hours a day. Treatment time with the Invisalign system varies from patient to patient.

For more information, and to discuss which system is right for you, contact Cedar Lake Dental. We can guide you in your search for the perfect smile!

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Get Beautiful Teeth with Six Month Smiles

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Having beautiful, straight teeth no longer takes years of wearing metal braces. Fortunately, those days are long gone! Now, you can have the smile you’ve been after in just half a year by following the Six Month Smiles orthodontic treatment plan.

How Does The Six Month Smiles System Work?

The gentle process of Six Month Smiles technique utilizes modern dental technology to comfortably and safely move teeth with clear adult braces. The braces are hardly visible in comparison to their metal counterparts, which we no longer see as commonly as before. Six Month Smiles is a comfortable solution to teeth straightening as it uses a low-force method to realign the teeth to the desired appearance.

What Are The Benefits?

Six Month Smiles’ greatest benefit is the treatment plan’s short duration period. It is also a more affordable option than traditional metal braces or other alignment therapies. Due to the clear nature of the braces, they are barely visible. Opting for braces is the more conservative and least invasive approach for a tooth straightening solution.

Who Is An Ideal Candidate for Six Month Smiles?

Anyone 16 years of age or older requiring a minor change in the cosmetic appearance of their teeth. Examples of changes include a gap between the teeth and crooked or overlapping teeth. If you are wanting to change these cosmetic issues, Six Month Smiles is the right fit for you.

It’s true. You really can get beautiful teeth with Six Month Smiles!

Contact us today to discuss whether or not this treatment option is right for you!

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Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

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Losing a tooth can be a devastating and traumatic experience. Fortunately, there are options such as dental implants that can help you to regain optimal function of a normal bite and a confident smile once again!

dentalimplant.png defines an implant as “an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.”

Dental implants are the best long-lasting solution for missing teeth. They provide confidence, improved chewing, and are the next-best-thing to natural teeth. Other benefits include:

  • Dental implants match your other natural teeth
  • With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime
  • Dental implants can help you speak more clearly without slurring, as can happen with dentures
  • You don’t have to worry about dental implants falling out
  • With missing teeth, your face can age dramatically. Dental implants help retain your youthful facial features

Dental Implant Technology

In recent years, there have been vast improvements in dental implant technology. The titanium implant fuses to your jaw bone, creating a very stable structure for the crown that attaches to the post. Dental implants can also be used for denture stabilization, too: With dental implants acting as the stabilizers, the dentures attach and create a much better fit.

When losing and not replacing a tooth, you may eventually experience bone loss in that particular area of the mouth. This can lead to additional problems over time, such as: Shifting of adjacent teeth as well as an unexpected change in facial structure. Since dental implants are generally fused to the jaw bone, they not only help to stabilize the area, but also stimulate bone growth to prevent loss over time.

Dr. Copeland may suggest dental implants to replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. In either case, modern dental technology has allowed patients to enjoy a lifetime of great oral health, function of the mouth, and appearance.

If you feel unsure or concerned about the best option to replace your missing tooth or teeth, be sure to speak with Dr. Copeland about the latest implant technology and how it can work for you!

Call Cedar Lake Dental for a dental implant consultation today, or request your appointment online!

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