Filling the Tooth Fairy’s Shoes

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Your child has their first loose tooth. You know what this means: it’s time for the Tooth Fairy! But you’ve never taken on this role before. How does one create the magic of the Tooth Fairy? Dr. Lund, Dr. Markham, and our team are excited to offer some fun ideas.

Tooth Fairy Rewards
Your child will lose their baby teeth from about age five until about age seven. You will want to set an expectation regarding the Tooth Fairy when your child’s first baby tooth is lost. How much money will the Tooth Fairy leave? A Tooth Fairy poll conducted by Delta Dental shows that over the last decade, the Tooth Fairy has paid between $1.50 and $2.50 on average per tooth. Instead of having the Tooth Fairy leave money, you may also consider leaving small toys or healthy snacks.

Starting the Tradition
In order to encourage good brushing and flossing habits, incorporate the Tooth Fairy in your child’s dental care education. You may decide to tell your child that the Tooth Fairy pays more for cavity-free teeth. Another way to encourage your child to brush and floss is to write him or her notes from the Tooth Fairy. You can find Tooth Fairy stationary online to print off or you can design letters on your own with small paper, small handwriting, and even glitter “fairy dust.”

Unforeseen Circumstances
If your child’s tooth falls out and then he or she loses it, help your child to write a letter to the Tooth Fairy. He or she can explain the situation and perhaps suggest that the Tooth Fairy look in certain places (like the playground or in their bedroom) for the tooth. Another unforeseen circumstance may arise if the “Tooth Fairy” doesn’t have any cash on hand. This being the case, you can write an IOU letter. You could explain to your child that lots of children are losing their baby teeth and sometimes this happens on the same day. The Tooth Fairy can promise the child a reward on the following night.

For more information and to set up your child’s next visit with our pediatric dentists in Price, Utah, please call Price Pediatric Dental at 435-637-9590 today.