Boosting Hawaii's poor dental health, means dentist no longer just have to remind kids to brush and floss their teeth, they also have to reassure parents of the state's new safety laws.
At the Children's Discovery Center, most kids are all smiles for the tooth fairy.
While getting children to let dentists work on their teeth can be a challenge.
"The first time my son Ethan was scared, so we just had the dentist look in his mouth," said Honolulu resident Jenny Cohen.
"My kids like the dentist, they don't like the procedures -- the dental care," said Ron Felipe of Mililani.
At Sunday's Tooth Fair Fun Day, children got tips for taking care of their teeth along with a free dental checkup. It gave some kids a chance to see what going to a dentist is like.
More kids in Hawaii need to do the same, because the state's dental ranking is nothing to smile over.
"Hawaii's keiki rank at the bottom, or near the bottom, when it comes to oral health," said Faye Kurren, the president of Hawaii Dental Service.
While kids may worry about opening up and saying "Ah," many parents are more concerned about their child's safety at the dentist.
The recent death of three-year-old Finley Boyle sparked some of that concern. Boyle went into a coma after going in for a root canal last year. Her family believes her medical condition was caused by over-sedation.
Other parents want to make sure their child's dentist can not only do a dental procedure but is also prepared for medical emergencies.
"If my children needed a root canal, we would make sure the person was certified and qualified to take care of the kid at the time," said Honolulu resident Tony Amodio.
"Having the safest, most caring dentist is important for their health," added Palolo resident Tyler Villamil.
New laws went into place last month, requiring more oversight of sedation in dental offices. They also require dentist to complete training and get permits before giving patients drugs.
Dr. James Hori, who doesn't sedate children at his practice, said along with reassuring kids, he now reassures their parents too.
"Dentistry is very safe overall. There was just the one case everyone heard about that caused a lot of concern for parents, which we understand," said Hori.
Hori said the most important advice for healthy teeth is for young children to not sleep with drinking bottles. For older children he stresses it is to floss regularly -- just like kids should do with brushing.