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Lucy Hobbs Taylor Dentist

March is Women’s History Month, a time to recognize influential women throughout history.

Since the 1800s, dentistry has been a great field for women who wanted to attend college, help others and support themselves.

This March we salute these smile-enhancing heroines:

We love Lucy! Lucy Taylor Hobbs, that is. Hobbs was a dentistry trailblazer. During the 1800s, a time when few women went to college, Hobbs pursued a career in dentistry. Her acceptance into dental school was like pulling teeth for this fearless leader.

Keep reading to learn more about Hobbs and three other women who played starring roles in dental history. 

delta-dental-tooth-fairy-0194 with LogoMove over, Cupid! It’s time to celebrate our favorite winged friend—the Tooth Fairy. February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day and we can’t help but smile. She has a very important job. Collecting lost baby teeth is a never-ending task. More than 109 million teeth are lost each year in the US alone. That’s a lot of little chompers!

It’s even more impressive when you think about all the kids who lose teeth. There are roughly 1.9 billion children in the world and they’ll each lose 20 baby teeth by the time they’re 12. That’s 38 billion teeth that’ll need to be collected. It’s a huge task.

We asked the Tooth Fairy how she collects all of those teeth. We were surprised to learn she gets a little help. That’s right! The Tooth Fairy has many friends around the world who help her collect teeth. Keep reading for a look at tooth traditions in countries where her friends visit:

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Be Sweet Smart this Holiday Season

Holiday treats can be tricky—especially if you want to keep your smile healthy. Fortunately, there’s chocolate. That’s right. Choose chocolate this holiday season and you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth and keep it healthy too.

Not only is chocolate delicious, it’s one of the best sweets for your teeth. Chocolate dissolves quickly, which decreases the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth. Plus, the calcium in chocolate helps protect tooth enamel.

Keep reading for more healthy news about chocolate and fantastic recipes. 

SeahawkRichardShermanSeahawk cornerback Richard Sherman wears a mouthguard, and it doesn't slow him down a bit. ©Mark SamiaThink about it. Broken bones and pulled muscles heal, but you can’t re-grow missing or damaged teeth. Wearing a mouthguard can be the difference between a healthy smile and a lifetime of dental problems. Keep reading to learn more about mouth guards.

Plus, what to do if your tooth is accidentally knocked out. 

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Our friends, the industrious naked mole rats, are scrupulous about their dental routine. That's because their continuously growing incisors need to be frequently filed down with something hard like concrete blocks.

We humans turn to toothbrushes and floss for our oral hygiene needs. And since it's spring, how about taking a few minutes to spring clean and refresh your smile?

Here's a checklist to get you started. 

 1. Out with the old, in with the new. When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? It’s important to replace old toothbrush heads or toothbrushes every three to four months. As bristles wear, they become less effective at reaching all the little nooks and crannies that need to be cleaned. Most toothbrushes have an indicator that starts to fade on the bristles when it’s time to replace. If not, set up an alert on your phone or write it on the calendar so you’ll remember when to replace the old toothbrush.

(Keep reading for dental dance tips!)