The Tooth Fairy hovers silently, fluttering down to collect lost teeth from beneath the pillows of sleeping children. In place of the tooth, she leaves a treasure from her basket for the child to find in the morning.
Why is sharing this legend important? Leaving gifts from the Tooth Fairy is a great way to help make losing teeth less scary and more exciting for kids. It’s also an opportunity to discuss good oral health, even before a child loses their first tooth.
Here are some great ways parents can teach kids about good oral health habits:
Kids will start losing baby teeth around age six. Before this age, parents can teach kids about the Tooth Fairy and let them know that good oral health habits and healthy teeth make her happy. Use this as an opportunity to brush up on a child’s everyday dental routine.
Kids not wanting to brush and floss? Remind them that the Tooth Fairy is only looking for healthy baby teeth, not teeth with cavities. This will help get kids excited about taking care of their teeth.
A personalized note from the Tooth Fairy could be as exciting for kids as the gift itself. Parents should include tips for important oral health habits that the Tooth Fairy wants kids to practice, such as brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist twice a year.
Although the Tooth Fairy leaves cash for kids in most of the homes she visits, a few children receive toys, gum, or other gifts. Consider forgoing cash and reinforcing good oral health habits by providing a new toothbrush with their favorite cartoon character or fun-flavored toothpaste. How about a new book? There are several children’s books about Tooth Fairy adventures that can add to the excitement.
Gone are the days of worrying about not being able to find the tiny tooth under the pillow in the middle of the night. While there are plenty of related items for sale in the marketplace, how about using the Tooth Fairy’s impending visit as inspiration for a craft project you can do together? Check out our video on a fun DIY Tooth Fairy bottle to hold the lost tooth.
The Tooth Fairy is a great way to tap into your child’s imagination, help him or her understand the importance of oral health, and help make taking care of teeth more exciting.
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*Updated August 2022