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February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day!
For hundreds of years, mystical legends, stories, and traditions have been shared about the loss of baby teeth. In some cultures, children’s teeth were buried in order to hide them from witches and evil spirits who would use the tooth’s powers for voodoo. The Vikings believed that children’s teeth had a magical power in them that would help them fight in battle. They would even pay their children for their lost baby teeth so that they could be used to string onto battle necklaces and other jewelry.
Over time, people began to share stories about a Tooth Mouse who would scamper around town and steal children’s teeth in the middle of the night. This story of the mouse soon transformed into the story of the Tooth Fairy, who would leave treasures under the children’s pillows in exchange for their lost teeth.
The traditions and legend of the Tooth Fairy are still practiced today all around the world. It is considered a useful practice by many parents because it gives their children something to look forward to when they lose their teeth. And so year after year, baby teeth are placed under children’s pillows at night in hopes of waking up to a wonderful surprise from none other than the Tooth Fairy!
- Leave Notes! The Tooth Fairy’s job begins before a tooth even falls out. Share brushing and flossing tips by leaving little notes on the bathroom mirror or send a Tooth Fairy note with lunch to remind your children to floss after their meal.
- Be fun with it and get creative! Make your children excited about the Tooth Fairy visiting! Try leaving a glitter trail from the window to the bed or leave a fun receipt. Consider leaving something extra special for teeth in good condition to encourage your children to take care of their teeth before they fall out.
- Encourage healthy eating! Educate your children on healthy foods for their teeth by having the Tooth Fairy leave a sample shopping list and recipes. Take your child to the store and have them help pick out the items to encourage healthy eating habits.
- Make dentist visits fun! Many young children fear the dentist, but use the Tooth Fairy to ease the fear. Have the Tooth Fairy send them a new tooth brush and toothpaste and practice so they become comfortable before their visit.