The Tooth Fairy’s Tips for Teaching Dental Care
National Tooth Fairy Day is coming up on February 28thand it’s also National Children’s Dental Health Month. We wanted to combine these two great learning opportunities to help you teach your kids about the importance of caring for teeth.
The Tooth Fairy says:
“Start taking care of little teeth early in life.”
Even though kids don’t lose their baby teeth until around age 6, it’s still a great idea to introduce them to the Tooth Fairy early on. This can help them get excited about brushing and flossing, so that their teeth will be clean and healthy by the time they lose them. You can say: “The Tooth Fairy only wants healthy teeth, not teeth with cavities.”
“Money and presents are great motivators.”
Let’s face it, the appeal of finding money under their pillow is sure to encourage kids to take care of their teeth. But the Tooth Fairy can also leave little gifts that reinforce good oral hygiene, such as a new toothbrush or toothpaste.
“Make it more fun!”
There are a surprising number of mobile apps that bring the Tooth Fairy to life. While not all of them directly promote oral hygiene, teaching your kids about the Tooth Fairy will motivate them to take better care of their teeth so they can deliver pearly whites to her. (Some fun ones: The Tooth Fairy Voicemail and The Tooth Fairy Was Here).