Oral Health Buzz
Use Tooth Fairy Letters to Create More Smiles and Mementos
Anne Maria Wynter
Whether your child just lost his first tooth or his fifth, there's a good chance that the tooth fairy brought an added boost of excitement and magic to the experience. Consider making the occasion even more special by leaving a tooth fairy letter along with the cash that you usually place under your child's pillow.
Make it Personal
Nobody likes a form letter, especially children. So give your child the thrill of knowing that the tooth fairy took time out of her busy schedule to create a note just for him. In addition to writing his name in the greeting, throw in a personal anecdote or detail that only you or your child would know. For example, you could mention where he was when he lost his tooth or recommend that he put his tooth fairy money toward a particular toy that you know he has been eyeing.
Start Up a Correspondence
If you encourage your child to write back to the tooth fairy, you'll not only be creating a fun activity for him, but you'll have a collection of heartfelt, and most likely cute, letters to keep as mementos. Encourage your child to leave a small note under his pillow along with every tooth he loses. Make sure each of the toothfairy's letters directly responds to your child's note and end each one with, "I can't wait to hear from you next time!"
Leave a Dental Health Tip
No stranger to oral health, the tooth fairy has some great insights on how your child can keep his mouth clean and cavity free. As a postscript at the end of all the tooth fairy letters, leave a tooth care tip that's easy for your child to follow. Here are a few ideas:
- Have you been brushing for two whole minutes? Try using a timer to make sure!
- Keep flossing every single night!
- You're doing a great job brushing your teeth, but don't forget to brush your tongue, too!
Learn more about dental tips for children in the Colgate Oral Care resources.
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