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Use The Tooth Fairy To Motivate Your Young Child

by Jeremiah Barnett

If you have a small child then you want to find creative and fun ways to educate them on the importance of taking good care of their teeth. As a parent, you already tell them the importance of doing many other things such as keeping their room cleaned, eating their vegetables, having good manners, etc. This is why it's a good idea to get a little help from the tooth fairy when you want to really convince your child good dental hygiene is important. You can use some of the ideas below to convince your child that the tooth fairy wants them to start taking care of their own teeth.

Have the tooth fairy keep in contact with your child

You can have the tooth fairy leave your child random notes under their pillow when you feel they need a little extra reminding of the importance of good oral care. The tooth fairy is known for being extremely tiny, so you may want to write the letters on small pieces of paper, using extremely small print. When your child learns they can't get away with letting their dental care go without the tooth fairy leaving them a message, they'll start to be on it more.

Teach your child to journal for the tooth fairy

You can get your child a small journal they can use to keep track of how well they are taking care of their teeth. Let them know they will leave the journal with their tooth for the tooth fairy and she will review it. If she is impressed by how well they are doing, then she will leave them an extra special reward. Keeping track of things in a journal will give your child extra accountability and the idea of earning more rewards will also help them stay on track.

Have the tooth fairy leave treasures

The tooth fairy doesn't have to leave rewards only when your child loses a tooth. If you see your child is starting to be more responsible with their dental care, you can leave a little note and treasure from the tooth fairy praising your child for a job well done. These surprise treasures will give your child even more reasons to take better care of their teeth.

Using the tooth fairy to your advantage is a fun and creative way to motivate your child to get serious about their teeth. Talk to your dentist, one like Ken Chang, to discuss more motivational techniques.