The tooth fairy is a popular mythological creature who has inspired countless children from multiple generations to care for their teeth. There are many things your child can learn from the tooth fairy about oral hygiene and the changes happening to their mouth as they lose their baby teeth and their adult teeth begin to emerge. Here are some fun details about the tooth fairy.
What Does She Do With My Teeth?
One of the most frequently asked questions about the tooth fairy is what she does with all those teeth she collects. It is believed that she is building a castle in which to live. That’s why it’s so important to her that the teeth she collects are in good shape, clean, and white so that they will be strong enough to build her castle from and shine brightly in the sunlight. So it’s important to brush those baby teeth well.
What Does She Look Like?
The tooth fairy has magical powers so she can vary in appearance depending on the area in which she is traveling and a child’s unique imagination, so it’s important to spend some time with your child helping them to envision how the tooth fairy might appear to them. Some children will envision her as a tiny queen with wings and a wand while others might envision her as a favorite animal such as a mouse or a kitten. Another one of the fun details about the tooth fairy is that she will appear as she is needed.
What Will She Give Me for My Tooth?
If a child’s tooth is in good condition, apparently well cared for by the child, the tooth fairy will usually leave a gift in return for the donation of the tooth. The gift may be in the form of money, sometimes a special shiny silver dollar. Other times, the tooth fairy might leave tickets to someplace like the zoo or a play, movie or concert, or even a train ride so that the child can have a fun adventure with their parent.
Is the Tooth Fairy Real or Make Believe?
Your child may have heard at school or from friends that the tooth fairy isn’t real. Your child may come to you with questions about this. It’s a good idea to be honest with your child, but it’s also important to encourage the imagination. It may be helpful to ask your child why they are asking the questions they ask. You can also remind them that the fun thing about magic and fairy tales is that they are not like ordinary real things, they can be created and shaped in our imaginations. One of the most fun details about the tooth fairy is that above all, she can help the transition of losing their baby teeth to be fun.
Call our Gilbert, Mesa or San Tan Valley dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.