I am proud to say that I have all my own teeth at the age of 65. While that may not sound unusual to some people, everyone in my family who is my age or older wears dentures. I always tell people that that flossing is the key to good dental health. I have arthritis in my hands, but I don't let it keep me from flossing every day. My trick is to use those little "flossers" you can buy at the drug store. They have plastic handles floss stretched out on top of the handle. These make flossing easier on days when my arthritis is acting up. I started this blog to let other people know that they can keep their teeth healthy into old age when they take care of them. If you have hand pain, find ways to make flossing easier, like I did.
It can sometimes be hard as a parent to get your children excited about practicing healthy oral hygiene habits, such as brushing their teeth daily and going to the dentist every six months. But when it comes time for your child to begin losing their baby teeth at around age five or six, the experience may be intimidating or frightening to them. You can improve your child's experience of losing each of their baby teeth by making each lost tooth episode fun and magical. Here are five creative tooth fairy experiences you can plan and carry out for your child.
Most tooth fairies are known to visit your child while they are sleeping to take your child's tooth and leave some money in its place. So you can stick with tradition and replace your child's tooth with some coins.
In 2013, the average price the tooth fairy left for a tooth was $3.50, but if it was a child's first tooth the average price increased to $4.51. For your child, you can make the coins the tooth fairy leaves them special by making them gold. With a bottle of gold nail polish, you can paint the outside of a few quarters to give them a different look and leave them under your child's pillow.
Magical Fairy Dollar
Another way to make some magical-looking tooth fairy money you can leave under your child's pillow is by adding some sparkling glitter to a one dollar bill.
Buy an aerosol can of spray glitter glue you can find at most craft stores. Spray the front and back of a dollar bill with the glitter spray to make them sparkle. Make sure to spray the glitter on the bills several hours before so the glitter spray has time to dry and doesn't leave a trail of glitter under your child's pillow and on the sheets.
Tooth Fairy Dust
If you are not afraid of having to clean up a little glitter around your house, you can use glitter to leave fairy trails in your house. Sprinkle some glitter next to your child's bed, in a trail on the floor in their bedroom, or next to and under their pillow. When your child wakes up in the morning, they will find their tooth gone and magical fairy dust in its place along with your child's tooth fairy money.
Note From the Tooth Fairy
To make your child's tooth fairy visit more personalized, you can write a letter from the tooth fairy to your child. Include details of how well the tooth fairy has noticed your child is taking care of their teeth or if they need to work harder on their brushing and flossing. Write the tooth fairy's letter in simple print so your child can read it themselves if they know how to read.
Tooth Fairy Jar
A tooth fairy jar can come in handy if your child is a light sleeper or you are simply afraid of waking them in the night to switch out their tooth for their tooth fairy money. Have your child put their tooth in a mason jar or a drinking glass filled with water, then place it on the night stand by their bed. When your child falls asleep, remove their tooth from the jar, then add some glitter and a couple drops of food coloring to the water. This is also a fun idea to replace leaving money for your child.
Use one or more of these ideas to make your child's tooth fairy experience much more fun. This can help to get your child excited about taking care of their baby and adult teeth as they reach this big milestone in their life. Read more about pediatric dentistry to help make sure your child's teeth are staying healthy even as they fall out.