As parents, we welcome helpers to motivate our children. Even mythological helpers can help make the job of parenting more fun and in the case of the Tooth Fair, productive. Along with Santa and the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairly has been putting smiles on children’s faces for decades. In the case of The Tooth Fairy, however, visits come throughout the year, as a child can lose up to 20 baby teeth before the permanent teeth come in!
Today, dentists often use the idea of the Tooth Fairy to help your child’s budding awareness of oral health. The Tooth Fairy promotes this awareness with rewards for a toothy treasure, especially when you suggest that the Tooth Fairy values a healthy tooth than a decaying specimen, offering a bigger reward for a nicer tooth. Parents can also leave a note from the Tooth Fairy along with the reward, praising them for their good dental habits, and encouraging them to keep up the good work.
To help your child start out and develop good oral hygiene habits, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advises parents to bring in their child by their first birthday, or within six months after their first tooth comes in. You can expect your child’s teeth to begin erupting typically around six months of age.
At our practice in Price, Utah, we invite you to enlist the aid of the Tooth Fairy to help create oral health awareness in your child. Along with daily attention to oral care and bi-annual cleanings and checkups, the Tooth Fairy can help create healthier smiles in your child. To schedule your child’s next visit with Dr. Trace M. Lund and our team, please call 435.637.9590 today.