Parenting can be a balancing act when it comes to letting your child’s creativity and imagination thrive compared to realistic situations. For instance, when your child loses his or her’s first tooth, how should you approach that situation? Losing teeth are small strides towards your child growing up and their mouth developing. Believe it or not, you can balance the fun idea of a visit from the enchanted tooth fairy while still implying great oral health lessons in your child’s life. Your family dentist in Nashville can help you set tooth fairy expectations that encourage great dental care habits for your little one.
Setting the Expectation from a Tooth Fairy Visit
Most kids begin to losing teeth between kindergarten and 2nd grade, or around the ages of 5 and 7. By the time a child’s full set of 32 adult teeth come in, your kid will have already lost 20 baby teeth! It’s a fun, exciting time both for parents and children. When your child first loses their tooth, you may want to set some expectations regarding visits from the tooth fairy.
Interesting enough, Delta Dental conducts an annual tooth fairy poll, which tracks a sampling of tooth fairy payments. Over the last 10 years, the amount has fluctuated between $1.50 and $2.50 per visit. The poll trend further indicates that the value of a tooth moves up and down parallelly with the U.S. economy.
You Don’t Have to Reward Your Child Monetarily
Have you ever considered replacing the quarters underneath your kid’s pillow with their favorite colored toothbrush, a fun flavored toothpaste, or even a brushing timer? Your child may get more out of their “tooth fairy’s visit” if they receive gifts that pertain directly to their dental care. Not only will you be promoting good oral health, but your child will believe that the tooth fairy wants to collect strong, white baby teeth!
The Tooth Fairy Should Encourage Great Oral Hygiene
Creative tooth fairy ideas can also incorporate dental care education and establish good brushing habits. Reinforcing the importance of dental care routines by using notes written by the tooth fairy is a fun way to remind kids to brush and floss. Printable tooth fairy receipts and note cards are available online, or you can get creative and design your own notes. You can use notepaper and glitter for fairy dust to make each tooth fairy visit seem even more real for your child. After all, it’s supposed to be fun and exciting for both you and your child!
Your Tooth Fairy is Here for Your Family Just Like your Dentist!
Occasionally, a baby tooth is lost by a dental accident—which as you can imagine can be scary for a child who’s never experienced that before. In other situations, baby teeth refuse to come out on their own and need assistance from your Nashville dentist. These special circumstances call for extra care and attention from parents as well as from your child’s tooth fairy. You’d be surprised at how much an encouraging letter from the tooth fairy can help boost a child’s courage to visit their dentist. Reassuring a child who has been through a dental procedure helps to take away some of the fear.
Contact Dr. Dickerson
When it comes to keeping your child’s teeth healthy—even when they’re falling out from growth and development—Dr. Dickerson is here to help your family. We want to make dentistry a fun concept for your children and the tooth fairy can help achieve that with the help of our participating parents. If you need more ideas for how to get creative and encourage good oral health for your child, contact our office.