In one month from today, many homes will celebrate the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Day, however the Tooth Fairy may visit young children at any time of year. That is why at White Dental we think this is the perfect way to use her pending arrival to teach children about the benefits of keeping their teeth healthy.
Many countries have their own ways of marking the occasion when a child starts to lose their baby teeth, and it is thought that the Tooth Fairy tradition originated in America in the early 1900s. When a child loses a tooth, it is placed under their pillow for the Tooth Fairy to collect once they are fast asleep, normally leaving money in its place. Why she would want tiny teeth from all over the world is anyone’s guess, but we can use her occupation to instil a good dental routine early on. The difficulty for parents however, is knowing how much money the Tooth Fairy should leave in exchange for enamel.
A child will normally lose their infant teeth between the ages of 5 and 7, and should have lost 20 baby teeth by the time their 32 adult teeth are in place. It is therefore important to think about what to do when the first tooth goes, as this will set the precedent for the subsequent ones.
White Dental Tooth Fairy Tips:
- Preparation is Key
It is not always an easy task to get children to care about keeping their teeth clean. The Tooth Fairy is therefore a great way to convince them that they need to take care of their teeth because it will not only make her very happy, but she might not collect teeth that are not well looked after. The Tooth Fairy could leave them little notes about the importance of brushing their teeth twice a day, flossing, and eating healthy foods. You may want to invest in a pot of glitter at this point to add some authenticity to the fairy’s letter!
- Cash Alternatives
Young children might not see the benefit of getting money, or they might just want to buy sweets with what they earn which is of course not a good way to keep teeth healthy. Why not reward them with a special treat such as a book, film, or day out. They could also get the gift of a little tube of toothpaste or new toothbrush.
- Visit the Dentist Regularly
It is important to start going to the dentist from a young age to not only make sure that a child’s teeth are healthy, but it will also get them used to seeing the dentist so that they do not dread going when they are older. It makes the Tooth Fairy very happy when people of any age visit the dentist regularly.
- Problem Teeth
Sometimes baby teeth do not fall out easily, or they may be knocked out in the playground before they are quite ready. This may involve an unexpected trip to the dentist to help remove the tooth, or assess for damage, so it is important to reassure a child in these instances to take away any fear they may develop. Luckily the Tooth Fairy is very compassionate and understanding, and she will still compensate a child who cannot find the tooth they lost, all it takes is a letter from the child explaining what happened!
- Online Resources
There are lots of great letter templates and ideas for your own Tooth Fairy story online, including Tooth Fairy pillows that you can buy or make. Don’t forget as well that your dentist will love to see what the Tooth Fairy has left behind.