21 Jul Too Fairy healping kids learn about Tooth Health
The tooth fairy is more than a myth. She is a way to teach your kids. While the tooth fairy is primarily about making losing teeth fun rather than scary, she is also about proper dental care and creating lifelong habits to ensure a sparkling grin for the rest of your child’s life. For parents, it is important to use this time to teach your children in a fun and engaging way.
Every child will lose their baby teeth to make room for adult ones. This usually starts around the age of 4 or 5. For young children, this can seem like a very scary thing. The tooth fairy eases these fears and gives them something to look forward to. The presence of the tooth fairy is an important time for you as parents to explain why teeth fall out and that new teeth will replace them.
Your child’s formative years are the perfect time to encourage good dental habits. This is particularly important when it comes to brushing and flossing. While you will need to do this for them initially, around the age of 7 they should be able to independently brush their teeth with your supervision. Make sure they brush twice a day for 2 minutes and floss to get in between the teeth. Make it more fun and engaging by involving the idea of the tooth fairy – the cleaner the teeth, the more of a reward the tooth fairy will give them!
Visiting the dentist
For most children, the appropriate time to start regular dental check-ups is at 3 years old. Try to make it a fun and relaxing event. You may want to give them some incentive, such as a movie date or a visit to their favourite park after the check-up so that they have something to look forward to. It is also important to choose a good dentist who will be friendly and efficient. It may even help to find a dentist who is willing to talk about the tooth fairy with your child as well.