Losing your baby teeth is one step on the path to adulthood, and many children enjoy the process because it means a visit from the tooth fairy. The tooth fairy can be fun for both parents and children, but there are some new ways to approach the tradition that will make the process more memorable and easier for the parents. Check out three fun twists on the basic tooth fairy tradition below!
Introducing The Tooth Fairy
If you want to change up the regular traditional or make the process simpler for mom and dad, consider these tips.
- Tooth Receipt – You can leave a little message for your child if you leave a tooth receipt for them to find in the morning. You can download a template right here, but these little notes can help to document which teeth your child lost and when they lost them. You can even leave a positive message from the tooth fairy, like “I see you’re taking good care of your teeth, keep on brushing!” Kids will enjoy these messages, and you’ll have fun creating them and leaving them to be found.
- Tooth Bowl – Another idea that is becoming more popular is the tooth jar, tooth bowl or tooth dish. Any parent whose had to sneak into a room and look underneath a pillow for a lost tooth can tell you how hard the process can be. But if you have your child pick out or create a little dish that can be left on their bedside table or dresser, then you won’t have to dig under their pillow in the middle of the night. Make the process of finding or creating a tooth fairy dish fun, then leave it out when the big night arrives!
- Brushing Calendar – Finally, another fun addition to the tooth fairy tradition is having your child create and use a brushing calendar. Have them track how often they brush their teeth, and have them mark down when they lose their teeth. You can laminate the calendar and make it reusable each month, or you can buy a year-long calendar to track when they lose their teeth. You can even write in the calendar as the tooth fairy once a tooth falls out. This is a great way to help them get in the habit of brushing regularly, because they can see their progress and what days they missed brushing or when the tooth fairy visited.
If you want more tips for making the tooth fairy work for your family, or if you want Dr. Brooks to take a look at your child’s mouth development if they’ve lost some teeth, reach out to his office today!