The Tooth Fairy has been a popular childhood tradition in Western culture since the early 1900s. The folklore states that when children lose a baby tooth, a bell rings in Tooth Fairy land to let the fairies know. After the children place the tooth under their pillow and go to sleep, the Tooth Fairy will pay them a visit and leave a gift in exchange for the tooth. She’ll then take the tooth back with her and use it to build things in Tooth Fairy Land. It’s a sweet and adorable tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation and has made the process of losing teeth much easier for both children and parents. But it’s also a great way to teach your kids some powerful lessons and get them started on a proper dental routine. We’ll show you how here.
Makes It Easier to Remove Teeth
If your child has a tooth that’s loose and needs to be pulled out, the Tooth Fairy story makes it significantly easier to convince your child to let you extract it. Losing a tooth can be somewhat traumatic for kids, but the Tooth Fairy gives them something to look forward to and lessens the fear of losing one of their teeth.
Encourages Good Dental Habits
If you want to encourage healthy eating and brushing habits, you can also use the Tooth Fairy to your advantage. By telling your children that the fairy pays more for healthier teeth and will leave a better surprise to those who do a good job brushing and flossing, you can encourage good habits. If your child thinks that the Tooth Fairy will give them more money or a bigger prize if they take care of their teeth, they will!
Teach Children About Saving Money
Parents also use the Tooth Fairy to teach their children about saving money. They simply explain that the fairy sends mostly coins instead of toys or sweets so that the children can save up and spend it on something they really need later on.
Celebrating your children’s teeth by using the Tooth Fairy not only makes the process less fearful and more fun, but it can also help your child develop good habits overall. It’s also the right time to visit your dentist so they can start teaching your children how to take proper care of their permanent teeth when they emerge. If that time is near, contact us at Yazdani Family Dentistry, and we’ll schedule an appointment.