The tooth fairy does a lot for children all over the world. She gathers up baby teeth and leaves a special treat or surprise for them. To show her how much we appreciate all the hard work she does, people have decided to create a holiday just for the tooth fairy. That holiday is known as National Tooth Fairy Day.
Here is a Little Secret! There are Two National Tooth Fairy Days
We are going to let you in on a little secret. The tooth fairy is so beloved by children – and adults – all over the world that she has not just one special holiday, but she has two!
National Tooth Fairy Day is celebrated on February 28 and August 22. That gives you two chances to celebrate this lovely fairy who goes around collecting teeth and leaving treats or money for children!
Who is the Tooth Fairy?
The tooth fairy is a mythical creature who is believed to help children celebrate the loss of their baby teeth. When a baby tooth is lost, a child will take the tooth and carefully hide it under their pillow. While they are sleeping, the tooth fairy will come in the night, take the tooth, and leave a present which can be candy, toys, or even money.
How is National Tooth Fairy Day Celebrated?
There really is no right or wrong way to celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day. It really all depends on your children and what they like to do.
Some ways to celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day include:
- Teaching children the story of the tooth fairy and talking to them about what she does
- Asking children to draw a picture of what they think the tooth fairy looks like
- Talking to children about what they would like to get from the tooth fairy when they lose their teeth
- Making a tiny tooth fairy pillow that will hold their lost tooth safely
- Watching a movie that features the tooth fairy – Rise of the Guardians and Tooth Fairy are two of our favorite family-friendly movies about the tooth fairy
Talk to Children about How to Properly Care for Their Teeth
National Tooth Fairy Day gives you a great opportunity to talk to your child about how to properly care for their teeth. In fact if you want to get really creative you can make the oral health care tips you provide tooth fairy themed!
Some things you will want to focus on when teaching children how to properly care for their teeth include:
- Brushing at least twice a day – it would be ideal if children were encouraged to brush their teeth after every meal, but they should be told they need to brush their teeth twice a day
- Flossing at least once a day – focus on teaching children the proper flossing technique so that teeth and gums are cleaned without being damaged or harmed
- Teaching proper tooth brushing techniques
- Talking about the importance of using the right amount of toothpaste and choosing the right toothbrush
- Talking about the importance of eating plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Talking about how to reduce or eliminate the amount of sugar, candy, sodas, and sugary beverages that are consumed
- Discussing the importance of visiting the dentist regularly for annual checkups and professional cleanings
Schedule an Appointment for Your Child with a Pediatric Dentist
National Tooth Fairy Day serves as a great reminder to make sure you have schedule an appointment for your child to see a pediatric dentist. Looking for a pediatric dentist? If so, call Dr. Maggie Davis.
Dr. Maggie Davis is an experienced pediatric dentist who provides a wide variety of dental services to children of all ages. Dental services Dr. Maggie Davis currently provides include routine checkups and professional cleanings, emergency dental appointments, fillings, root canals, tooth extractions, teeth whitening, and orthodontics. Call her office today to schedule an appointment for your child. We look forward to welcoming you and your child to our dental family!