How The Tooth Fairy Can Be Used As A Teaching Tool

One of the greatest, most exciting milestones in a young child’s life is the loss of his or her first tooth and the subsequent visit from the Tooth Fairy! For most Americans, the Tooth Fairy is a friendly sprite in a tutu who exchanges recently lost teeth for trinkets or money. What you may not know is that the Tooth Fairy can be used to help you teach your kids about the importance of their dental health!

Here at Front Range Smiles, we know that it’s beneficial for kids to learn about oral hygiene at an early age. Below are a few ways that you can use the tradition of the Tooth Fairy to teach your children how to better care for their teeth:

  • Talk about the Tooth Fairy early on. Kids won’t begin to lose their baby teeth until they’re 5-7 years old, but you can start a dialogue early on about the Tooth Fairy. Let your kids know that she’s only looking for healthy, sparkly teeth and might not leave gifts for teeth that have cavities.
  • Give gifts related to oral healthcare. Most of us associate the Tooth Fairy with cold, hard cash. But this doesn’t need to be the case! Instead, the Tooth Fairy can leave a fun, new toothbrush, a different flavor of toothpaste, or a book or movie about visiting the dentist. These types of gifts can make your child excited about their oral hygiene.
  • Leave a personalized note to your child from the Tooth Fairy. Be sure to include positive reinforcement for a clean, healthy tooth and let your child know where he or she could use some work. Sprinkle the note with a little “fairy dust,” and your child will be thrilled!

No matter how you choose to talk to your children about the Tooth Fairy, her tradition has helped generations of kids feel more comfortable with the dentist. When kids have good oral hygiene habits, they turn into adults with good oral hygiene habits!

For more tips on helping your kids maintain healthy smiles, or to make an appointment at Front Range Smiles, please call or visit our office. We’re located in Parker, CO!

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