As a parent, the Tooth Fairy can be your biggest ally. She gives your children a reason to brush their teeth every day and take good care of their smile. You can use the Tooth Fairy as a teaching tool to promote great oral health habits with your children. Check out these simple tips to keep your kids smiling bright.
Get Kids Excited about Brushing for the Tooth Fairy
One of the easiest ways to teach your children with the Tooth Fairy is to tell them that she gives the biggest rewards to children who brush their teeth every day. This falls along the same lines of teaching your children about Santa’s naughty and nice list. If your kids think that the Tooth Fairy is watching over them, they might be more motivated to brush and floss before bedtime. Instill this idea early on to make sure they develop proper oral hygiene.
Leave Gifts Instead of Cash as Tooth Fairy Rewards
Most parents will leave a quarter or a dollar under their children’s pillows as a gift from the Tooth Fairy. This is a big opportunity for you to do so much more though! Instead of leaving your child money, consider getting him a new toothbrush with his favorite cartoon character on it. If he already has that, you might get special new toothpaste or a fun book about the Tooth Fairy. For your daughter, you might get a charm bracelet, giving her a new charm every time she loses a tooth. If you think outside the box, you can make a much bigger impact with your Tooth Fairy rewards.
Write a Personalized Note from the Tooth Fairy
If you really want to get your kids to believe in the Tooth Fairy, have her write a personal note to your children to leave with the gift. This note should mention your child’s oral hygiene habits and encourage him to keep up the good work. You could use this note to establish other ideas too, like getting your child to clean his room or getting him to be nice to other people. Just make sure you sign the note as “The Tooth Fairy” to drive the concept home.
Get Your Dentist in on the Act
Before your child’s next dentist appointment, talk to your dentist about any troubles that you might be having with your child’s oral health routine – he’s doesn’t want to brush, he refuses to floss, etc. Then ask your dentist to speak as the Tooth Fairy’s personal messenger when the appointment comes. Your dentist can tell your child that she has spoken with the Tooth Fairy and she said there are some areas that need improvement. Your child will have an easier time believing the dentist instead of you.