Is it time for the tooth fairy to make their first visit to your household? Losing primary teeth can be an exciting and memorable experience for your child. At about age six, children usually have their first loose tooth and can often be anxious about losing their teeth. Reassure your child that everything will be okay, and that the process of loosing primary teeth is a normal part of growing up. If your child is frightened once their tooth falls out, show them how proud you are of them for being brave. Yet, many children are excited and view the experience of losing a tooth as a sign that they are growing up. No matter the case, it is important to make the moment special and memorable, and to inform them of the value of good oral health habits as their permanent teeth begin to arrive.
Even though your child’s primary teeth will eventually fall out, it is important to remember that primary teeth are significantly important to your child’s oral health. Once your child’s tooth becomes loose, encourage them to continue brushing and rinsing well, as food particles may be hiding under the tooth. Also, offer them soft foods to avoid pain when chewing.
Here are some tips about several ways to celebrate this significant moment:
- Make your child excited about the tooth fairy. Most children will be excited about receiving some cash to collect on their own. Consider having your child create a tooth fairy mailbox as a craft activity. The mailbox can be placed outside of their door for the tooth fairy to drop their treasure.
- Help your child create a tooth chart that tracks when they loose teeth. Teach them about the 32 permanent teeth that they will soon have, and how important it will be to take good care of them.
- Create a scrapbook and note the date when your child loses their first tooth. Take pictures before and after to remind your child of this huge accomplishment. By showing pride in maintaining good oral health, your child will be prepared to take care of their permanent teeth.
- Create a small craft party. Print out tooth coloring sheets or whip up a batch of tooth shaped cupcakes to excite your child. Also, you could help them create a homemade picture frame out of popsicle sticks, glue, and glitter. This frame can hold a picture of their new and bright smile after they loose their tooth.
- After your child loses a tooth, take them to pick out their own new toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. Have them choose their favorite toothbrush color and toothpaste flavor to boost their excitement!
- Host a healthy snack party to help inform your kids of healthy foods for healthy permanent teeth. Bring apples, carrots, celery sticks, and other healthy snacks to the party, and discuss why they’re better for permanent teeth than junk food.
Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment and consultation.
Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.Pradhan. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.