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Your child has their first loose tooth. You know what this means: it’s time for the Tooth Fairy! But you’ve never taken on this role before. How does one become the Tooth Fairy? Dr. Troy Hardy and our team are happy to offer some ideas.

Setting Expectations
Your child will lose their baby teeth from about age five until about age seven. You will want to set an expectation regarding the Tooth Fairy when your child’s first baby tooth is lost. How much money will the Tooth Fairy leave as a reward? A Tooth Fairy poll conducted by Delta Dental shows that over the last decade, the Tooth Fairy has paid between $1.50 and $2.50 on average per tooth. Instead of having the Tooth Fairy leave money, you may also consider leaving small toys or healthy snacks.

Starting the Tradition
In order to encourage good brushing habits, incorporate the Tooth Fairy in your child’s dental care education. You may decide to tell your child that the Tooth Fairy pays more for cavity-free teeth. Another way to encourage your child to brush and floss is to write him or her notes from the Tooth Fairy. You can find printable Tooth Fairy note cards online or you can design letters on your own with small paper, small handwriting, and even glitter “fairy dust.”

We welcome you to contact Hardy Smiles Pediatric Dentistry at 801-331-8449 today to learn more and to set up your child’s next visit with our dentist in Lehi, Utah.