Have you ever tried talking to your child about proper dental hygiene, only to have your words fly over their head? Watching the Tooth Fairy movie (starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) together might be the perfect entry into the topic. We’re here with some fun ideas to turn tooth talk into an unforgettable family movie night.
How the Tooth Fairy Movie Can Inspire Your Kids
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Watching movies about the tooth fairy could get your child excited about their teeth on its own but will be more effective with proper planning. Try to schedule the movie watching near a child’s dental appointment, or when they have a loose tooth, so the fun is still fresh in their minds.
It can be essential to increase your child’s interest and involvement in their oral care to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The good news is that the habits they build now could help keep their smile healthy through childhood and adulthood.
Any activity that encourages your child to think about the subject matter could offer lasting effects by merely earning their attention. The more fun the activity, the less difficult it will be to talk to your child about otherwise dry topics like dental care. Help them have fun taking care of their teeth, and they’ll be on their way to avoiding cavities in no time.
Some easy ideas to learn about dental care with the Tooth Fairy movie:
- Play dress up: Crafting or purchasing a costume is a great way to get your child engaged in the subject matter. A tooth fairy, toothbrush, scary bacteria, or happy tooth are all easy costumes sure to capture your child’s imagination. After dressing up, you can play games like fighting against the bad guys of plaque or saving your tooth from monsters of decay-causing bacteria with a toothbrush.
- Offer healthy treats: No movie night is complete without snacks. Instead of stocking up on soda or candy, choose some mouth-healthy alternatives. Fruits, vegetables, green tea, or dairy products are healthy choices. Veggies cut for dipping, sliced fruit, and string cheese are all easy picks when your child’s eyes are glued to the screen.
- Scavenger hunt: Try incorporating dental care items into a unique game, so they have to seek them out. Hide these items around the house, create a list of clues and tell your child the tooth fairy has hidden prizes for them to find. An example could be putting floss under their pillow and making the clue, “you’ll find a reward where the tooth fairy leaves their treasures.”
- Create a reward board: If your child has trouble remembering to brush consistently, consider hanging a whiteboard or wall calendar to track habits like brushing or flossing. As an example, offer a prize if they can brush every morning and night for a week. Tell them that they will have strong teeth like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and reward them with another movie night or other prize.
Did you know: Chewing sugar-free gum helps promote saliva production that protects the hard outer layer of your child’s teeth. Just make sure they’re supervised, so they don’t stick it on your furniture!
After or during the movie present a perfect opportunity to talk to your child about their dental habits. Instead of telling them what to do, it might be a good idea to ask your child questions and let them make some connections on their own.
Fun prompts to talk to your child about dental care:
- “How do you think the tooth fairy keeps his teeth so white?” Dwayne, “The Rock” Johnson, has a perfect Hollywood smile and might be an ideal role model for your child. This conversation could help them connect to the idea that proper dental care could affect their teeth’ appearance.
- “What foods do you think the tooth fairy eats to stay so healthy?” This prompt could help your child associate their diet with their dental health. Whenever they eat a healthy snack, you could remind them they’re going to have strong teeth like the tooth fairy!
- “What do you think the tooth fairy does to keep their teeth so strong?” Asking your child about what the tooth fairy does could be a great segue into their dental routine.
- “Would you want to be a tooth fairy for two weeks?” This fun topic from the movie could get your child fantasizing about being a tooth fairy and increase their interest in their teeth.
Watching Tooth Fairy can be a great way to open the conversation on dental health and help your child take responsibility for their dental routine. You’re now on the way to empowering them by making dental care an enjoyable activity instead of a chore.
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.