Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan Guide to The Tooth Fairy

By: Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics  06/28/2014
Keywords: Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, pediatric dentistry and orthodontics

The Tooth Fairy is one of the most exciting characters in many childhoods, aside from Santa Claus and The Easter Bunny. Whether a child’s Tooth Fairy is known for swapping their teeth for crisp dollar bills, a small toy, or even a few quarters, there is something wonderful about the idea of a fairy taking your finished baby teeth in exchange for some sort of reward. For many children, the process of losing a baby tooth can be alarming, nerve-racking, or sometimes, even painful. The Tooth Fairy exists as a sort of silver lining to the not-always-enjoyable tooth loss process, and can be customized and crafted to make each child’s experience unique. Check out our best ideas for making your child look forward to the loss of his or her baby teeth. 1. Identify your child’s currency. While most people give their children small sums of money from The Tooth Fairy, there are other options that can be equally as cost-effective, but more exciting to the child. For instance, if your child loves matchbox cars, buy a pack of three, and keep them on hand for the next time he or she loses a tooth. Receiving something that acknowledges their interests can be much more thrilling than a few quarters or dollar bills. 2. Leave a Note. Don’t discount the “experience” of having a near-miss encounter with a “real-live” fairy. While your child will certainly be excited to receive whatever you leave for them in exchange for their teeth, there’s an added layer of wonder when you take the time to leave a personalized note, handwritten by the Tooth Fairy, herself. As you do it, be sure to disguise your handwriting as much as possible - it all adds to the fun! 3. Pay attention to the details. Tiny extra steps can make the Tooth Fairy visit even more awesome for small children. We suggest taking a small amount of craft glitter, and creating a trail from the window to your child’s bed, like a trail leftover from The Tooth Fairy as she delivered her gift. You could also leave a tiny doll shoe somewhere close to the bed, indicating that the Tooth Fairy got a little clumsy, and lost her shoe during the tooth swap. As a parent, you get to enjoy the fun of childhood all over again when you get creative with sharing your children’s experiences. Let us know if you give any of these ideas a try as we would love to share your story with some of our other families! About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan, the offices of Drs. Delaney, Plunkett, Ralstrom, Makowski, Thanasas, Ker, and Associates Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan have specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. The pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults, including being an Invisalign preferred provider. The ability to treat all special needs patients reaches beyond our facility, which has treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy. Valued hospital affiliations allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children's Hospital when needed. Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan 39400 Garfield Rd., Suite 200 Clinton Township, MI 48038 586-286-0700 www.mychildsteeth.com

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