Losing a tooth is one of the great rites of passage during childhood, one that involves the magical transformation of their teeth into money or a small gift.
The traditional idea of the tooth fairy involves the child placing his tooth under the pillow at night and awakening the next morning to find that the tooth fairy has left money in its place. However, there are also some outside-the-box ideas on how to be the tooth fairy that can make your child’s experience even more memorable.
Consider Skipping the Cash
While an 8 year old may be excited about money, a younger child will probably not understand the value of money and might be happier with a special treat. The tooth fairy could leave behind a book, a small toy, a healthy snack or even something like tickets to the zoo.
Make it a total experience
There are lots of other extras you can do to add to the mystery and magic of the tooth fairy experience. Think about getting a special tooth pillow with a pocket for the tooth. That way, the “tooth fairy” knows just where to find it without searching underneath your child’s head. You can buy these or, if you’re feeling crafty, make your own.
Another idea is to have the tooth fairy leave a note for your child. Use a special pen, put some effort into creative handwriting and then dust some glitter over the paper to create fairy dust. You can have the tooth fairy explain what is going to happen to the tooth and leave an encouraging message to your child to keep brushing.
A letter from the tooth fairy is a great way to encourage your child to maintain their oral health while extending the time of childhood fantasies as long as you can. You could also ask your dentist to get in on the fun.
In fact, your dentist would be the best person to explain to your child why it’s important to keep their teeth nice and clean for the tooth fairy.