The Tooth Fairy comes to mind when a child loses a tooth, but did you know the fairy can also help promote good brushing habits? Some stories say that fairies use the best teeth to build their queen’s castle, while teeth of lower quality are ground up to pave the streets.
The current rate for a tooth varies from person to person, but some fairies have given larger rewards for teeth without cavities. The Tooth Fairy may also leave notes, on occasion, praising a child for their good dental habits and offering words of encouragement when needed.
Despite your best efforts, some children will not want to brush and floss. Let your child know that they will make the Tooth Fairy happy by taking care of their teeth. Doing activities to take care of your teeth earns them a point with the Tooth Fairy and can go towards one of their rewards. Such activities are things like brushing and flossing, going to the dentist, eating healthy food, and smiling—because fairies love to see smiles and healthy teeth!
Another way to get your child actively thinking of their teeth is to keep a daily, weekly or monthly teeth journal. You can tell your child that tooth fairies want to keep track of the teeth they will buy. Your child could write about things that have happened, dentist visits, or anything the Tooth Fairy might find interesting.
For more information or to make an appointment with our dentist, call Mill Creek General Dentistry at 425-337-5549. Dr. Kerry Olszewski and our team hope to see you in our Mill Creek, Washington, office soon.