Your child is nearing the age when he or she will begin losing teeth. This is such a fun stage in a child’s life because of the wonder of the Tooth Fairy. But how do you create this magic for your young one? Our pediatric dentist and team in West Jordan, Utah, are happy to give you some ideas for your Tooth Fairy tradition.
A Tooth Fairy Story
Your child may wonder what the Tooth Fairy does with all of the teeth she collects. A popular story is that the Tooth Fairy, or tooth fairies, are building a castle for their queen. The teeth that are the cleanest and most cared for will be used to build the castle. Teeth that are not as healthy are ground down and used for paving stones. If you like, you could leave more money for cleaner teeth with no cavities using this story as an explanation.
A Reward From the Tooth Fairy
When your child starts losing baby teeth, you will need to set expectations regarding rewards from the Tooth Fairy. Payments for a tooth generally run from $1.50 to $2.50. You may also consider leaving small toys or healthy snacks. Leaving more money for a healthy, well-cared-for tooth may also be a good idea.
Extra Tooth Fairy Magic
There are many ways that you can make the Tooth Fairy experience even more magical for your child. Leaving a Tooth Fairy note is a fun way to do this. Write in tiny letters on a very small piece of paper. Be sure to avoid your own handwriting if you do this. When you leave letters, you can decide if there is just one Tooth Fairy or many tooth fairies. If there is only one, sign the letter as “the Tooth Fairy.” If there are many, give your child’s fairy a name and a personality. You can also buy or make a special tooth pillow with a pocket for the tooth. This way, “the Tooth Fairy” knows just where to find your child’s tooth.
For more Tooth Fairy tips and to schedule your child’s next appointment with Dr. Michael Tew, contact Children's Landing Pediatric Dentistry at 801.282.1802 today.