February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day
Delta Dental has reported that in 2012, the average gift from the tooth fairy was $2.42. At the same time, some parents were reported to have paid as much as $20 a tooth. This is a big step up from the shiny quarter I received when I was a kid!! There are many ways that the tooth fairy can be used to help your children improve their oral health.
1) In addition to money, the tooth fairy can leave gifts like an electric toothbrush, floss and children’s flavored toothpaste. Tooth brushed should be replaced about every three months and you are going to buy floss and toothpaste anyways. A gift from the tooth fairy is mush more exciting than pulling the same items out of a grocery bag.
2) Tell your child that the tooth fairy likes healthy teeth, not teeth full of cavities. Capitalize of the excitement of losing a tooth to double your efforts teaching your child proper tooth care. A personalized note from the tooth fairy with the new gifts may help kick brushing into overdrive and prevent future tooth aches.
3) Although the tooth fairy can help motivate a child at any age, start young!! If you wait to use the tooth fairy as a teaching tool, your child may experience preventable dental work that can cost you hundreds of dollars. Tell your child stories about when the tooth fairy visited you and share in their excitement. Brush your teeth with them so that they can mimic your habits.
Although we try our best to keep our kid’s teeth healthy, cavities and childhood accidents happen. If you find yourself in the situation of needing to find affordable root canal treatment for your child, contact Dr. Andrew Stubbs for an appointment at (303) 524-9343. Creekside Endodontics is equipped with the latest technology and nitrous oxide sedation. We are located in Lone Tree, CO and serve patients throughout the Denver area including: Centennial, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Inverness, Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Parker, Denver Tech Center, Cherry Hills, Greenwood Village and Aurora.
Creekside Endodontics is a specialty endodontic practice in Lone Tree, CO. Dr. Andrew Stubbs provides root canal treatment and sedation dentistry to pediatric patients from all over the Denver area.