How The Tooth Fairy Can Help Teach Kids To Care For Adult Teeth!
Losing a tooth is a rite of passage for children worldwide, and in many western cultures, it’s marked by a very special visit from a magical, nocturnal guest, affectionately known as the Tooth Fairy. While the Tooth Fairy most commonly exchanges the lost tooth for money, she can also play an important role in encouraging good oral hygiene for years to come.
Words of encouragement from the one and only!
While most children are excited at the prospect of losing a tooth, for others, the experience can be a bit scary. They may be nervous about feeling pain, feel insecure about what they will look like with a missing tooth, or feel queasy at the thought of seeing any blood. So, when the big day does come, it’s a cause for celebration. Not only is it important for parents to be supportive, but it’s also an opportunity for the Tooth Fairy herself to share some encouraging words of wisdom. By leaving a customised note in her own unique hand-writing (or perhaps on special paper sprinkled with fairy dust), the Tooth Fairy can offer praise to the child for taking such good care of their teeth and offer tips for good dental care routines that will carry them into adulthood.
Helpful hints for a bright future
By incorporating personalised notes each time your child loses a tooth, the Tooth Fairy can play a role in dental education by reinforcing the importance of brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and limiting sweets. These special letters can also stress the importance of lifelong care for their new adult tooth that will soon appear. Additionally, parents can use the Tooth Fairy as an incentive for encouraging their children to keep their teeth shiny and healthy. After all, the Tooth Fairy loves adding beautiful teeth to her collection!
Tooth Fairy tips for extra special situations
In a perfect world, all of your child’s baby teeth would fall out naturally and with ease. However, it’s possible for a baby tooth to be lost prematurely due to accident or injury, or it may fall out without your child even realizing it. Other times, a tooth may need to be removed with a dentist’s help for a number of reasons. In these special cases, children will need a little extra TLC from both their parents and the Tooth Fairy. Praise for their bravery, reassurance that the Tooth Fairy is sure to still visit, and perhaps a little extra reward to compensate for the unusual circumstances can go a long way towards easing any fears before the next little tooth starts to wiggle.
Establish healthy habits for life
With a little help from the Tooth Fairy, and regular dental check-ups, children will feel proud to establish healthy, enjoyable toothbrushing routines that will last a lifetime.