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Using the Tooth Fairy to Teach Your Children Good Oral Hygiene Habits

Tooth fairyThe best part about losing baby teeth is getting a visit from the Tooth Fairy! She’s known for rewarding children who have lost teeth with coins, small toys, trinkets, or other goodies left under the pillow. Another great thing about the Tooth Fairy is that parents can use the excitement and interest in her to teach kids about the importance of their dental health.

Using the Tooth Fairy as a Teaching Tool

Below are a few great ways for you to use the Tooth Fairy to teach your children how to better care for their teeth:

  • Introduce the Tooth Fairy Early – Even before your kids begin to lose teeth you can use the Tooth Fairy to teach them about oral health. Let your children know that nothing makes the Tooth Fairy happier than good oral health habits and clean, healthy teeth. If your kids begin resisting dental health habits, let them know that the Tooth Fairy won’t leave any rewards for teeth that have cavities in them!
  • Write a Note from the Tooth Fairy – A personalized note from the Tooth Fairy can add another level of excitement for your kids! In the note, make sure to include dental hygiene tips from the Tooth Fairy and reinforce good oral healthcare habits. Encourage your child to brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit Dr. Naomi Lane here at Piedmont Pediatrics.
  • Leave Oral-Health Goodies – The Tooth Fairy leaves money in around 98% of the homes she visits. Instead of cash, consider leaving your child a new toothbrush, a small book about healthy teeth, or toothpaste in a fun new flavor. These simple things can get kids excited about their oral health!

No matter how you choose to present the tradition of the Tooth Fairy in your home, she has been proven to get kids excited about their teeth and foster goodwill towards oral hygiene habits and the dentist.

To make an appointment for your child to receive a dental cleaning and exam, please contact Piedmont Pediatrics. Our kids’ dentist is located here in Greensboro, North Carolina!

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