National Tooth Fairy Day – Naturopathic Approaches to Dental Health

by | Feb 28, 2024

National Tooth Fairy Day provides a perfect backdrop to discuss the importance of maintaining healthy dental practices from a young age, emphasizing not just the mechanics of brushing and flossing but also the broader aspects of health that influence dental well-being, such as digestion, the microbiome of not just the gut but the mouth, and the proper pH to prevent cavities and tooth decay.

The Foundation of Holistic Dental Health

Holistic dental health recognizes the mouth as a mirror reflecting the body’s overall wellness. It’s a concept that goes beyond preventing cavities, focusing on the importance of a balanced oral microbiome, proper digestion, and nutrient absorption. These elements are crucial for maintaining not just oral health but our overall physical health, particularly in growing children.

Integrating Healthy Dental Practices

Early Beginnings: The journey towards holistic dental health begins with the emergence of the first tooth. Introducing a soft-bristled or a silicone toothbrush and water can set the stage for lifelong oral hygiene habits. It’s important to teach children the technique of brushing gently to avoid harming the delicate oral tissue while still effectively cleaning the teeth.

The Role of Diet: A balanced diet plays a pivotal role in dental health. Foods rich in calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins help in the remineralization of teeth. Additionally, a diet that supports good digestion and proper nutrient absorption is essential. Efficient digestion contributes to reduced acidity in the mouth, thereby promoting a healthier oral pH balance and preventing enamel erosion.

Understanding the Oral Microbiome: The oral cavity is home to a complex community of bacteria, some beneficial and others potentially harmful. Maintaining a proper pH balance in the mouth is crucial for supporting beneficial bacteria while inhibiting the growth of harmful ones. Regular brushing and flossing, along with a diet low in sugar and high in fiber, can support a balanced oral microbiome.

Probiotics for Oral Health: Just as probiotics can support gut health, they also play a role in maintaining a healthy oral microbiome because the mouth is STILL part of our digestive tract. Probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, and other fermented foods can help in the proliferation of beneficial bacteria in the mouth, protecting against tooth decay and gum disease.

The Timeline of Tooth Fairy Visits

The tradition of the Tooth Fairy can be a fun way to engage children with their dental health. Typically, children start losing their baby teeth around age 6, with the process continuing until around age 12. This period marks important transitions in dental development, making it a prime time to emphasize the importance of routine dental care practices.

Encouraging Daily Dental Hygiene

Creating a routine that children can follow is crucial for establishing long-term dental health habits. Encouraging brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing daily are foundational practices. In addition, discussing the importance of diet, the oral microbiome, and how everything from what we eat to how we brush affects our dental and overall health can instill a sense of responsibility and awareness in children.


Celebrating National Tooth Fairy Day with a focus on holistic dental health is more than just a tradition; it’s an opportunity to educate and inspire children about the importance of taking care of their teeth and their overall health. By integrating practices that support a healthy diet, good digestion, a balanced oral microbiome, and the use of probiotics, parents can help lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits. Here’s to embracing the magic of holistic dental health and ensuring our children’s smiles remain bright and healthy for years to come.

Dr Meg Holpuch Naturopathic Doctor Colorado

By: Dr. Meg Holpuch  | Sumovia Naturopathic Healthcare

Dr. Meghan Holpuch is a registered Naturopathic Doctor in the state of Colorado but more importantly an advocate for your health. Dr. Meg has a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Meg aims to identify and treat the cause of illness by using naturopathic, dietary, and lifestyle approaches to get you from sickness to wellness. Dr. Meg’s specialties focus on pediatric and family medicine as well as autoimmune disorders. Dr. Meg also volunteers her time to CoAND during the election cycle. 

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