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The Tooth Fairly has been making children smile for decades, along with Santa and the Easter Bunny. But unlike Santa and the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy visits children throughout the year, as a child loses up to 20 baby teeth before their permanent teeth come in. That’s a lot of visits to impress upon your child the importance of oral health.

Today, dentists often use the idea of the Tooth Fairy to help your child’s budding awareness of oral health. The Tooth Fairy promotes this awareness with rewards for a toothy treasure, especially when you suggest that the Tooth Fairy values a healthy tooth than a decaying specimen, offering a bigger reward for a nicer tooth. Parents can also leave a note from the Tooth Fairy along with the reward, praising them for their good dental habits, and encouraging them to keep up the good work.

To help your child start out and develop good oral hygiene habits, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advises parents to bring in their child by their first birthday, or within six months after their first tooth comes in. You can expect your child’s teeth to begin erupting typically around six months of age.

At our practice in Roy, Utah, we invite parents to enlist the aid of the Tooth Fairy to inspire your child’s healthy smile throughout the year. Along with daily attention to oral care and bi-annual cleanings and checkups, the Tooth Fairy can help create oral hygiene awareness in your child. To schedule your child’s next visit with Dr. John Anderson and our team, please call 801-774-5437 today.