Although they're often called "baby teeth," children typically shed the last of their primary teeth between the ages of 10 and 12, as the American Dental Association points out. That means that the average child will have years of visits from the tooth fairy. A child can get pretty comfortable with the idea of trading teeth for money, and might be sad that the tradition is ending.
Writing tooth fairy notes to your children may help them make the transition from primary teeth to permanent teeth and from childhood to adolescence. To make the last note the tooth fairy sends seem natural, it can help to write your child notes throughout their teeth-shedding years.
Your child is going to want to know that they're losing teeth on schedule or that they're doing a good job of taking care of their smile. With each tooth your child loses, have the tooth fairy leave a note behind. The note can tell the child which tooth it is, the condition the tooth was in and offer tips for taking care of the remaining baby teeth and the new permanent teeth that will come in. Make sure to have the tooth fairy thank the child for leaving her such a great present!
Make the Notes Look Whimsical
Depending on how old your child is, they might be tough to fool. To avoid questions such as "is the tooth fairy real?" or "are you writing this, Mom/Dad?" make the tooth fairy notes look like they actually came from the tooth fairy herself.
Don't type up a note and print it out on plain computer paper. Instead, hand write it on a smaller sheet of paper or use a font that looks like handwriting, print out the letter and cut into to a smaller size. If you can use pink or purple ink or paper, use it.
You can also use pinking shears to create a fun edge on the sides of the paper. As a finishing touch, scatter some glitter across the note. Your child will never know you wrote it!
One Last Note
When your child has lost their final primary tooth, it's time for the tooth fairy to make her farewell. The last note can explain that your child has lost the final tooth and go into detail about the permanent teeth and why it's important to take good care of them. The tooth fairy can provide tips for taking good care of the permanent teeth, such as brushing with Colgate Total Clean Mint toothpaste, which fights germs to help prevent bad breath for 12 hours, and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and check-up.
Although by the time your child is old enough to lose their last primary tooth they might be old enough to understand that the visits from the tooth fairy are ending, it can still be a rough transition. Have the tooth fairy explain that she needs to visit other children who are still losing their primary teeth. If your child has a younger sibling, be sure to mention them in the note. Doing so can help your older child get excited about helping a younger sibling negotiate with the tooth fairy.
Growing up is full of bittersweet moments. A parting note from the tooth fairy is definitely one of those moments. Make sure your child knows that good things are to come and be sure to stress the importance of taking care of the hard-won permanent teeth in the tooth fairy's goodbye note.