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Tooth Fairy Letters Can Help Answer Kids' Questions
Wendy J. Woudstra
Losing a tooth can be an exciting event for a child. The anticipation of a visit from the tooth fairy, and the rewards she leaves can add to that excitement. Rather than let the visit be all about the money, you can use tooth fairy letters to encourage your child to take great care of his teeth, and answer questions most kids have about the tooth fairy at the same time.
What Does the Tooth Fairy Do With All the Teeth?
It is difficult for anyone to comprehend what the tooth fairy would do with the teeth from all the children around the world. Some say that tooth fairies are building a giant castle for their queen from the cleanest and most well cared for teeth, while the sub-standard teeth are ground down for paving stones. This may be why the tooth fairy leaves more money for some teeth than others. Your tooth fairy letter can hint that if your child wants a bonus under her pillow, brushing very thoroughly twice a day is a good way to earn it.
Are There Lots of Tooth Fairies or Only One?
This depends entirely on the mythology you want to present to your children about the tooth fairy. If there's only one, simply signing your letter, "The Tooth Fairy" is an easy way to show it. If there are many tooth fairies, give your child's fairy a name and a personality they can interact with for extra fun. Multiple tooth fairies may also explain why the tooth fairy that comes to your house leaves notes, while other tooth fairies just leave cash.
Are You Sure the Tooth Fairy Isn't Mom or Dad?
Some kids are naturally skeptical. If you want to keep the mystery of the tooth fairy alive as long as possible, be sure not to write in your own handwriting when leaving a note from the fairy. You can print off a letter with a fancy font from your computer, or write your tooth fairy letters in very tiny (fairy-sized) block letters with a very fine-tipped pen, so your child can see it was written by someone much smaller than mom or dad.
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.
Learn more about taking care of your child's teeth at the Colgate Oral Care resources.