It’s that time of year again when parents invite Santa into their holidays to make parenting fun. Mythological helpers can help make the job of parenting more festive and in the case of the Tooth Fair, productive. The Tooth Fairly has been making children smile for decades, along with Santa and the Easter Bunny. But unlike Santa and the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy visits children throughout the year, as a child loses up to 20 baby teeth before their permanent teeth come in!
So, where did the Tooth Fairy come from? Norse and European children buried the lost tooth to spare them hardships in the next life, and Vikings used children’s teeth to bring good luck in battle. The English good fairy evolved from popular children’s literature, the most popular being the mouse who would come into their rooms to remove the teeth. This was also the tradition in China, Russia, and Spain. Why a mouse? Rodents growth their teeth throughout their lives, so perhaps they make a great role model for inspiring tooth growth.
Today, dentists often use the idea of the Tooth Fairy to help your child’s budding awareness of oral health. The Tooth Fairy promotes this awareness with rewards for a toothy treasure, especially when you suggest that the Tooth Fairy values a healthy tooth than a decaying specimen, offering a bigger reward for a nicer tooth. Parents can also leave a note from the Tooth Fairy along with the reward, praising them for their good dental habits, and encouraging them to keep up the good work.
To help your child start out and develop good oral hygiene habits, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advises parents to bring in their child by their first birthday, or within six months after their first tooth comes in. You can expect your child’s teeth to begin erupting typically around six months of age.
At the dental practice of Sam Amirani, DDS, located in Wichita, Kansas, we invite parents to enlist the aid of the Tooth Fairy to inspire their children’s healthy smiles throughout the year. Along with daily attention to oral care and bi-annual cleanings and checkups, the Tooth Fairy can help create oral hygiene awareness in your child. Please call 3166867155 to schedule your child’s next visit with Dr. Amirani and our team!