For Parents

Tabitha the Tooth and Tanner the ToothDr. Gina Mancini is an experienced family dentist and the mother of three children. As a parent and family dentist, she is always concerned with what she can do to help reduce the number of children suffering from dental decay. Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, according to the United States Center for Disease Control. It is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. The good news is that it is largely preventable!

Just four years ago, Dr. Mancini was asked to speak at her son’s elementary school during dental health month. Her presentation consisted of posters and models of teeth. She kept their attention for about two minutes. The next year when she was asked to return, she was determined to educate and entertain the children about healthy dental habits. She created a character named Tabitha the Tooth and wrote a play about her adventures. She and her amazing staff would go on to perform this play for the next three years at numerous elementary schools in her local area.

Seeing the children’s interest in the topic and how excited they were to begin practicing what they learned from the play, Dr. Mancini realized how educational Tabitha the Tooth could be for families, both local and beyond. Thus, the Tabitha the Tooth book was born. Today, children can follow the adventures of not just Tabitha the Tooth, but also Tanner the Tooth!

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