The tooth fairy is believed to have gotten her start in the early 1900s in the United States. She visits the homes of children who have lost a tooth and exchanges it for money, or other special gifts. Here are a few ideas on how to be a good tooth fairy for your child.
Talk to Your Child About the Tooth FairySome children are excited about the tooth fairy, while others may not be too keen on the idea of a stranger, even a magical fairy, coming into their room while they are sleeping. Talk with your child about the tooth fairy; let him or her know that the fairy is kind and friendly, and that she loves leaving gifts for children.
You can tell them that she is shy, though, or wants the gift to be a surprise, so that's why she comes at night while they are asleep. Reassure your child if the idea scares them, and don't push it if they aren't into it.
Create an Experience
Make a visit from the tooth fairy an experience. Get a special container or pillow for your child to leave their tooth in. Or, if you are crafty, you can make one yourself. This way, the tooth fairy will know exactly where the tooth is without having to search your child's room and disrupt their sleep.
You can even go one step further and make special tooth receipts and note cards, complete with fairy dust. Don't forget to change up your handwriting so your child doesn't get suspicious.
Leave Something Special
While leaving money is always a good standby, younger kids will respond better to something a little more personalized to their tastes. Instead of leaving a money for the tooth, the tooth fairy could leave a book or a small toy. If the child's oral hygiene has been especially good, the tooth fairy may even spring for tickets to the aquarium or children's museum.
Encourage Good Dental HabitsThe tooth fairy can be quite effective at encouraging good dental habits. When the tooth fairy leaves a note, she can let the child know that a really good tooth is going to be used for an important task, such as building a castle for the queen fairy.
If the child's tooth had a cavity, let the child know that the tooth will still be used somewhere in the building process, but for the best placement, your child should be extra vigilant with brushing and flossing.
Praise Your Child
Sometimes a tooth does not come out on its own. Instead, it may require an extraction at the dentist's office. The dentist can be a scary place for a child. When the tooth fairy leaves a note for this tooth (whether the child got to bring it home or not), make sure that she praises the child for their bravery and lets them know that the dentist is there to help them.
Being a good tooth fairy can really go a long way in improving your child's oral hygiene habits. Make the most of it and don't be afraid to get creative.
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