Tooth Fairy Traditions
Add a little magic to your tooth fairy traditions. Every tooth lost is an opportunity for some fun and some teaching about the responsibilities of new, life-long, healthy teeth. Here are some ideas to celebrate these big-kid milestones:
1. Make a journal with pictures and dates of lost teeth and look up some info on the order teeth are lost. Here's a little help: A child's 20 baby teeth, which often come in by age 3, usually fall out in the same order they came in. That means the lower center teeth (lower center incisors) are usually the first to go, around age 6 or 7. The top center pair is next. The exact timing of when teeth come in (erupt) and fall out (shed) may vary,
2. Sprinkle some glitter around the window or door where the fairy entered.
3. Leave a tiny note from the Tooth Fairy, written in tiny text and tied with floss.
4. Instead of money, many Tooth Fairies give new toothbrush, floss, dental accessories.
5. Write a tooth fairy receipt included with the money left.
6. Make or buy a simple pillow with a pocket especially to keep tiny baby teeth safe for delivery to the Tooth Fairy. It’s designed to hang over the bed post or door handle so everyone can rest easier.
7. Leave foreign coins instead of American currency to add some fun and something to learn about.
8. Create a first lost tooth certificate with your child's name, age, date and a picture of their missing tooth.
9. Spray dollar bills with glitter hairspray to give them that special handled-by-a-real-fairy feel.
10. Spray paint the pennies and dust them with glitter while they’re still wet. Let your kids keep the “money” or turn it in for a prize.
11. If you live near the beach or are vacationing, use sand for glitter and sea shells for money.
12. Make sure to discuss the importance of oral hygiene to raise your child's awareness of taking care of their permanent teeth!