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Laura Dorr is the executive editor of DPR's Modern Dental Network.
Losing a tooth is a right of passage of sorts, and some parents are ensuring that it is a memorable one for their loose-toothed children. We gathered up the nine most creative, bizarre and downright insane ways that folks have pulled loose baby teeth, and boy, are they impressive. (Beware: many of these will dental professionals cringe!)
Anton Androshuchk’s pet parrot is far more industrious than other birds. An aspiring dentist, the parrot has diligently pulled five of Anton’s loose baby teeth for him. Hopefully the hard-working bird will stop his teeth-pulling business before the boy’s adult chompers come in.
He’s no Katniss, but…
Because conventional ways of tooth pulling (like just waiting for a loose tooth to fall out, or seeing a dentist) aren’t nearly entertaining enough, one dad decided to make sport out of removing his daughter’s loose tooth. And what better way to remove a tooth than a bow and arrow! Though the stunt was ultimately effective, watching the girl in the video spiral through a slew of conflicting emotions makes us think that perhaps the whole thing was a bit more fun for dad than for daughter.
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A good use of horsepower
When you’ve got a cool sports car, it only makes sense to get the most out of it. Robert Abercrombie of Florida decided that nothing could be cooler than revving up that engine and using his Camaro to pull his son’s tooth. Nothing quite like using enough power to pull a tooth to potentially tear out a chunk of your kid’s jaw.
Tooth pulling of Olympic proportions
When you’re a gold medal-winning Olympian, you want to keep your skills honed even in retirement. Retired athlete Bryan Clay, who won the decathlon in the 2008 Summer Games, used his javelin expertise for his daughter’s tooth extraction. An award-winning tooth-pulling performance!
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Monster truck madness
One brave young lad took control of his own tooth removal – remote control that is. Young Easton had his tooth tied to a remote control monster truck with dental floss, and then took charge of the controls. Props to him: He put the pedal to the metal and yanked the tooth right out.
Hole in one grin
Fore! A dad in Tennessee took to the links to pull out his son’s tooth – with a wicked golf swing. Little Noah Smith was concerned that pulling out his tooth would be painful, so he and father Phil Smith decided that the best way was the expeditious way. And logically, the only clear choice was a golf ball.
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Up, up and away
Once again, a dad thought the tying-a-tooth-to-a-doorknob trick was far too passé. Malcolm Sawn of Dublin, Ireland bought a quadcopter and sent son Adam’s tooth airborne. Fly high, little tooth. Fly high.
Slap shot glory
It’s important for aspiring athletes to practice, practice, practice – but maybe they should take a break before they pull a tooth. Unnecessary, thought one boy! This dedicated youngster used his tooth extraction as an opportunity to practice his slap shot. Hopefully he brings that sort of dedication and drive to the ice.
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To infinity and beyond
Forget Camaros, monster trucks and sports equipment: The only real way to pull a tooth is with a rocket. As terrifying as that may seem, this kid is eating it up. After all, there aren’t that many chances to send yourself (or part of yourself at least) to space.
Unsurprisingly, this is once again a dad-promoted endeavor.