Has your child woken up disappointed when they realize the tooth fairy forgot to visit?
It’s a well-played out scene in homes everywhere. Child wakes up excited after carefully placing their tooth under their pillow the night before, only to find it in the exact spot they left it. Parent scrambles to think up a quick (yet reassuring) excuse about the tooth fairy having so many other kids to visit that she simply ran out of time. But, she’ll be back.
Or, maybe this has happened to you…
While feeling your way around your child’s room in the dark, you accidentally step on a Lego that didn’t make it back into the toy box. You want to yell out in pain, but instead you carefully and quietly bite your tongue and continue on your mission, gently reaching under the pillow only to discover there’s nothing there!
Where can that darn tooth be?
After almost waking them, you discover the tooth in a safe spot on the nightstand beside their bed. You grab it, leave some cash and get the heck out of there!
Where did this tooth fairy tradition come from anyway?
It has been said that many centuries ago, Europeans would bury their children’s baby teeth underground so that the new, permanent teeth would grow. Some people believe there was a superstition that witches would place a curse on a child if a baby tooth was found, and so burying the teeth kept them hidden. Children eventually began putting their teeth under their pillows and parents would take the teeth and leave a coin or other treat behind.
Got trouble with your tooth fairy traditions?
If your current routine just doesn’t see to be working, get creative with these fun ideas:
>>Leave tooth fairy footprints with glitter or “fairy dust”
>>Hand make or buy a Tooth Fairy pillow (it can be hung on the door if they are a light sleeper)
>>Skip the case and reward your child with a new electric toothbrush and their favorite flavored toothpaste
>>Place a $1 gold coin under the pillow
>>Have your child place the tooth in clear water at bedtime , so you can add food coloring and glitter while they sleep
Does the “Tooth Fairly” seem like more trouble than it’s worth?
Just remember… your kids are only young once. Make the most out of these fun, family traditions while you can! Tell us your Tooth Fairy traditions in the comments below… we’d love to hear from you.
Dr. Mike Mavrostomos is passionate about providing top-quality, comprehensive dental care. He is located in Bedminster, NJ whose continual pursuit of education and state-of-the-art dentistry has led to his being recognized as one of New Jersey’s Top Dentists by the New Jersey Top-Docs committee.