How to Assemble a Tooth Fairy Kit

One of the best parts of being a parent is playing the role of Santa, the Easter Bunny and, of course, the tooth fairy. But unlike Christmas and Easter, the tooth fairy is called to duty at unpredictable moments. So how do you stay prepared? Assemble a tooth fairy kit. Here's how.

When Will I Play the Tooth Fairy?

You won't need your tooth fairy supplies until your child starts losing teeth. For most children, that will happen around age six. At this age your child will probably lose the small incisors first. Those are the teeth at the front of your child's mouth on the upper and lower sections. After that, they will lose the canines in the middle and the molars near the back.

Of course, your child may no longer believe in the tooth fairy by the time he or she loses those last teeth. Many children still have primary teeth at age eleven or twelve. But save the tooth fairy kit for your younger child or as a keepsake to pass on to grandchildren.

What to Put in My Tooth Fairy Kit?

A well-prepared kit will save you from running frantic errands when your child loses a tooth. To be fully equipped, have these items on hand:

  • Floss dispenser: Get creative and give more than just money. Your young child will love to find a playful floss dispenser under his pillow. It might just inspire your child to floss more often. Add a new toothbrush for more fun.
  • Tooth-shaped award: Use a tooth-shaped cookie cutter to create a Happy Mouth Award. Compliment your little one on some part of their dental routine that he does particularly well. You'll put a smile on your child's face, and if he thinks that the tooth fairy is watching, he'll be more likely to put more time and effort into his teeth on a daily basis.
  • Colorful notepaper and pen: Write a short note on colorful paper and set a new dental hygiene goal for your child. For example, maybe he needs to spend more time brushing the back of his mouth. Write a personal note from the tooth fairy with instructions for how to do a better job. Make it helpful but positive.

If you're prepared with a good tooth fairy kit, you can use this special opportunity to put a smile on your child's face and to keep that smile healthy for years to come.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.  

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Tips for Being the TOOTH FAIRY

  • Tooth fairy notes – reinforcing the importance of dental care routines by using notes written by the tooth fairy is a fun way to remind kids to brush and floss. Printable tooth fairy receipts and note cards are available online, or you can design your own.

  • Tooth fairy pillows – think about getting or making a special tooth pillow with a pocket for the tooth. That way, the "tooth fairy" knows just where to find it without searching underneath your child's head.

  • Consider skipping the cash – while an 8- or 9-year-old may be excited about money, a younger child will probably not understand the value of money and might be happier with a special treat.

Keep your smile bright!

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