Do you have a little one in the house who is starting to lose his or her teeth? If so, you’ll probably have to start getting ready for visits from the tooth fairy!
According to colgate.com, although many countries around the world have traditions to mark the loss of a baby tooth, the specific legend of the tooth fairy seems to have originated from the United States in the early part of the 1900s. You can use this legend to your advantage by making it fun to promote good oral hygiene. Here are a few ideas on what to do with the tooth fairy.
When children start to lose their teeth – between the ages of 5 and 7 – parents usually want to set expectations regarding tooth fairy visits. Tooth fairy payments, over the past 10 years, have vacillated between $1.50 and $2.50, though the amount you leave is entirely up to you. There are Tooth Fairy Calculator websites and apps to help you decide how much your child will be “earning” for his or her tooth.
It can be fun for a child to receive a note left by the tooth fairy, possibly thanking them for their tooth and commenting on the quality of the tooth collected. These notes can help to reinforce the importance of good dental care routines, reminding the child to brush and floss regularly.
If a tooth is lost due to an accident or injury, or must be removed by a dentist, a child may worry about their visit from the tooth fairy. Reassure them by having the tooth fairy leave a note of encouragement for their bravery at the dentist office, along with an extra treat.