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Dear Abby: What to do with those baby teeth

 

Dear Abby: I must respond to “Always His Mom” (Sept. 26), who asked what to do with her grown son’s baby teeth. She can contact the college of dentistry close to her and ask if the school would like to have them.

When I was in dental school, we used deciduous teeth (baby teeth) to study the dental anatomy of children. It’s rare to have a complete set from one person, which would make these a good learning aid for students. .

Doug from Solon, Iowa

Your suggestion to contact a dental school and ask if they would be interested in using the baby teeth as learning aids is sensible. Other readers offered some ideas on the subject:

Dear Abby: I’d like to comment about what to do with those baby teeth. The original reasoning behind the tooth under the pillow custom was to keep witches from getting ahold of them and casting a spell on the child. The traditional disposition of those teeth was straight into the fire!

Ladawn in Wisconsin

Dear Abby: I had a neighbor with five children. She also kept their baby teeth and was inspired to use them to make a present for her father. At the time, we were into casting things in plastic, so she bought a mold for a toilet seat and embedded all the teeth neatly into it. Her father refused to use it because he said it would be like sitting in a shark’s mouth.

Carole in Gilford, N.H.

Dear Abby: My son passed away. His girlfriend was pregnant and had the baby four months later. We had a DNA test done using his baby teeth, which I had saved. It proved he was the father, and the baby, our grandson, is now 10 years old.

Also, with this information, the boy was able to get Social Security benefits for survivors. It was a bit of a struggle, but well worth it. How’s that for a good use for baby teeth?

Grandma in Newburgh, N.Y.

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