How to Prepare Your Child to Lose a Tooth
Whether it is leaving money under their pillow, or pixie dust by the window, there are many ways to celebrate the loss of a tooth and the arrival of the “tooth fairy.”
But, losing a tooth isn’t always exciting – it can be a scary experience for many children.
If you’re preparing for the loss of your child’s first tooth, check out these tips from around the web and our Toothbrush Task Force, made up of DentalPlans.com moms, to help make this experience a less frightening one for your children:
- “The Tooth Book”: If your child is worried about losing a tooth, try Nicole’s method. She reads Dr. Seuss’ “The Tooth Book” to her son when he gets scared. The last few pages of the book explain how you get two sets of teeth, and this helps him better understand why he is going to lose a tooth. Nicole is the Broker and Group Manager at DentalPlans.com.
- Letter from the Tooth Fairy: Ease your child’s fear of losing a tooth with this printable letter from the tooth fairy. The letter reassures kids that losing a tooth is normal and reminds them that they’ll be receiving a surprise under their pillow. Toothbrush Task Force mom, Nancy, also leaves typed notes from the tooth fairy under her daughter’s pillow each time she loses a tooth.
- Origami Tooth Fairy Envelope: This activity may not only help to lessen your child’s fear of losing a tooth, but it will also excite kids for the “tooth fairy’s” arrival! This easy-to-make tooth fairy envelope holds their lost teeth for the tooth fairy, and comes with instructions and a tooth-fairy patterned printout to make the envelope.
- Visit to the Dentist: Sometimes, hearing that losing a tooth is normal from mom and dad just isn’t enough. If your child is still scared after talking to you, it may help to hear the same thing from a trusted source, like the dentist. This will help make your child feel more comfortable about the whole thing, and perhaps even more comfortable with dental visits in the future.
- Money, Money, Money: Four of our DentalPlans.com moms said they leave $1 to $5 under the pillow when their children lose their teeth. This keeps the focus on the reward, and away from the fear of losing the tooth. Other creative ways to leave a small token under your child’s pillow are: gold coins, a $2 bill, or a silver dollar.
Was your child scared to lose a tooth? What did you do to ease his or her fear? Share with us in the comments below!