A Note to the Tooth Fairy
The tooth fairy is an imaginary character who is said to exchange a child’s recently lost baby tooth for money.
Whether a child is told the story about the tooth fairy or not is up to parents. It could be one way to help ensure good dental habits if parents tell their kids that the tooth fairy pays more for a healthy, perfect baby tooth than for one rotted by tooth decay!
One woman was recently reminded about her childhood belief in the tooth fairy when her father found a letter she had written to the tooth fairy. But, it’s not what you think!
She goes on to write that “you’re through collecting teeth from [me]. From now on, I’m keeping my own teeth.”
This girl’s passive-aggressive letter to the tooth fairy highlights a child’s imagination and passion. All parents can help channel this type of passion into taking good care of one’s teeth, both baby teeth and permanent teeth.
By the time a child is about three years old, they will have 20 baby teeth – also called milk teeth or primary teeth. These baby teeth will start to fall out when a child is around six years old, and permanent teeth will take their place. By the time the child is 12 years old, he or she usually has a full mouth of permanent teeth.
However, well before a child has lost all his baby teeth and has all permanent teeth, it’s very important to have good dental habits such as brushing and flossing teeth daily. Parents can introduce the use of a soft toothbrush as early as the eruption of the first tooth, starting to teach about and model proper tooth brushing. Brushing baby teeth is very important!
With good oral hygiene, parents can help ensure that their kids don’t lose their baby teeth to tooth decay, which could negatively impact their future permanent teeth and oral health.