It's Tooth Fairy Day!

Today, we use sparkles, fun colors and fruity flavors in toothpaste to encourage our children to brush their teeth; however, these options were not available in the mid-1920s so, the Tooth Fairy was created.

Primary Tooth Loss Can Be a Traumatic Experience

As we grow, our bodies undergo numerous changes; however, some believe that the loss of a primary tooth is the first and most upsetting event a child experiences. However, research indicates that children who experience pain or fear over the loss of a tooth may find comfort in the thought of the Tooth Fairy. In addition, parents frequently use the Tooth Fairy to encourage good dental hygiene: They accomplish this by reminding their children the Tooth Fairy pays more for healthy teeth than for discolored teeth with cavities.

Why We Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day on February 28

At some point in our lives, we have all received a visit from the Tooth Fairy. Today, we continue to promote the legend of the Tooth Fairy to keep children excited about dental care and to reduce the tension that some children experience when they lose their primary teeth.

Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida Supports the Idea of the Tooth Fairy

As pediatric dentists, we promote the legend of the Tooth Fairy to inspire good oral hygiene. Furthermore, when a child practices good oral hygiene on a daily basis and receives biannual dental cleanings, the need for more extensive dental work decreases.

Fun Ways to Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day

Celebrating National Tooth Fairy Day with your child can be fun! Here are a few ideas for you to consider.

1. Read and Act Out Books Related to the Tooth Fairy

Besides reading books that offer insight into good oral hygiene and the role of the Tooth Fairy, consider acting them out as well.
Some fun books related to the Tooth Fairy include:

2. A Tooth-Friendly Movie Night

Replace sugary sweets with tooth-friendly treats. Instead of popcorn, choose crunchy nuts, fruits and vegetables.
Some tooth-friendly snacks include:

  • Almonds
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Grapes
  • Walnuts

Now that you have your snacks, it is time to choose a movie: Some fun movies include the “Tooth Fairy” starring Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), Ashley Judd and Julie Andrews or “Tooth Fairy 2” with Larry the Cable Guy, David Mackey, and Erin Beute. Another option is the “Rise of the Guardians” featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman and Jude Law.

3. Create a Tooth Fairy Pillow

If you have already had the pleasure of assisting the Tooth Fairy, you know that finding that tiny tooth can be a challenge. However, you can make your job much easier by helping your child create his or her own Tooth Fairy pillow. The pillow you create to cradle that precious tooth until the fairy arrives can hang from your child’s doorknob or be placed on the nightstand next to the bed.

4. If You Have More Than One Child, Have a Coloring Contest

There are numerous sites that offer free coloring pages, some of which relate to the Tooth Fairy and dental hygiene: All you need is paper, a printer and some crayons/markers. When considering the prize, let the winner fill a piece of celery with cream cheese or peanut butter for the Tooth Fairy to enjoy.

5. Add a Special Touch: Start a New Tradition

  • Some parents create tiny doors for the Tooth Fairy to use. You can find these miniature doors at your local hobby shop. Make sure that you purchase paint, jewels and glitter to make the door amazing. Have your child help you create this fairy door. These doors can be as elaborate as you like. Have fun with it! If your son is not interested in jewels and glitter, that’s no problem, let him use whatever he likes to make his fairy door unique.
  • Parents can create certificates for their children when they lose their teeth. Just make sure your handwriting is not recognizable to your child: Generally, using block letters is the best way to ‘disguise’ your handwriting.

At Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida, we take the time to get to know our patients and their parents. We want your child to feel comfortable when visiting the dentist, which is why we are dedicated to providing gentle and kind dental care. Furthermore, at our dental practice, your child will receive the highest-quality dental care available in Central Florida performed by experienced professionals. If your child needs a dentist, please contact Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida today to schedule an initial consultation. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Maitland (407-628-2286) and St. Cloud (407-593-8900).