August 22 is National Tooth Fairy Day!

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    August 22 is National Tooth Fairy Day!

    It’s a fun childhood tradition to leave a tooth under the pillow for the Tooth Fairy.  But did you know that it’s also a great opportunity to teach some great oral hygiene habits for life?

    Here are a few fun ideas from the Tooth Fairy that will encourage good oral health for your kids:

    Create a Chart for Brushing and Flossing: A daily chart for brushing and flossing will help your child with her daily brushing routine.  Instructions can be left from the Tooth Fairy or even a description of a special reward for completing it. Check online for lots of ideas and create a fun chart. If your child already uses a chart for other tasks, give her some special stickers to use for tracking her success in oral care.

    Leave a Special Note: A personalized note thanking your child for his or her or her tooth can be very exciting. It’s also an opportunity for a friendly reminder to help him or her stay on track with their oral routine. The Tooth Fairy can remind them to floss every day or can point out that she’s noticed that they’ve done a really good job since the last time she picked up a tooth.

    Add Gifts: Consider including a new toothbrush, toothpaste or floss. Try a new toothpaste flavor or new toothbrush color.  Your child may be more motivated to use these tools if it’s a special delivery from our friend the Tooth Fairy.

    Be proactive: Who says the Tooth Fairy can only come after losing a tooth? Why not add an extra surprise from time to time? If your child feels nervous about an upcoming dental appointment, the Tooth Fairy can leave a note of support and encouragement. If your child has a loose tooth the Tooth Fairy can leave a note that she’s looking forward to the day she will receive the tooth from under his pillow. If it’s time for a new toothbrush. why not have one magically appear under your child’s pillow one morning? Little surprises can keep the dream alive and keep the conversation going about good oral health habits.

    The next time your child loses a tooth, encouraged the Tooth Fairy to not just leave money under the pillow. Ask her to incorporate some of these fun ideas to teach your children that caring for their teeth can be fun.

    If you need to get in touch with the Tooth Fairy, give us a call at (828)631-3283 or find us online. We’ll be happy to help.