Tooth Fairy 101

Losing a first tooth is an exciting milestone in your child’s life. With this milestone comes their first of many visits from the Tooth Fairy.

With all the hats you wear as a parent, it can be daunting to add another new role to your list. Every parent is different, and there’s certainly no Tooth Fairy rule book. To help guide you, we’ve compiled some tips to assist you if you’re in a pinch or a first-time Tooth Fairy visitor.

Get Crafty – If you enjoy crafting with your kids, making a Tooth Fairy container is a fun way to get them excited about losing their first tooth. Any small box or pouch will do. Encourage your child to use their creativity! Place the lost tooth in the container and put it near their pillow where the Tooth Fairy can deliver a treat.

Set a Reminder – Parents are only human, and it can be easy to forget to make a Tooth Fairy visit. When your child loses a tooth, be sure to set a phone reminder to prompt you to make a visit later in the evening.

Have a Back-Up Plan – Forgetting to make a Tooth Fairy visit will likely happen to every parent at some point. When this happens, have a plan ready to help your kid feel better. Perhaps the Tooth Fairy got spooked by a pet or a parent. Or maybe they ran into bad weather and couldn’t make it in time. Delays happen to everyone, including the Tooth Fairy. Just be extra prepared to make a visit the next night.

Be Consistent – If you choose to give money as your Tooth Fairy gift, try to give the same amount each time to keep it easy. While the going rate for the Tooth Fairy is different in every family, don’t feel pressured to go over budget. Whatever the amount, it can be a good opportunity to start teaching your child the importance of saving.

Mix It Up – The Tooth Fairy doesn’t always have to bring a monetary gift. There are lots of alternatives that will bring a smile to your child’s face, such as a new book or candy. Just be sure the Tooth Fairy leaves a note reminding them to take good care of their teeth by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting the dentist regularly.

The information contained above is intended to be educational in nature, does not constitute medical advice, and should not be relied on as a substitute for actual professional medical advice, care or treatment. If you have any vision, dental or other health related concerns, VBA encourages you to immediately contact your optometrist/ophthalmologist, dentist/orthodontist or any other competent, licensed, medical professional.