The Flutter Blog is Full of Tooth Fairy Tales

Want to learn more about the Tooth Fairy? Did you know that the Tooth Fairy collects over 300,000 teeth per night! Wow! That’s a lot of teeth! Did you ever wonder where all those teeth go? You can find that out and more when you read our Tooth Fairy tales on the FlutterBlog.

What You Need to Know When Losing Your First Tooth

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You Lost Your First Tooth. Now What?

Oh no! You bit into that juicy apple and instead of a satisfying crunch, your front tooth started to wiggle, wobble, and dance around. Now it won’t sit still when you’re eating or playing. Don’t worry! Not only is this normal, but it’s an exciting part of growing up. You’re taking the first step toward your forever teeth, just like the strong, reliable pearly-white chompers your parents use every day. Plus, a loose tooth means that soon, you’ll have a special visitor, someone who wants to make your mouth a little more magical: the Tooth Fairy! 

Doorway to the Fairy World

We meet with the Tooth Fairy every day, and she said we could let you in on a little secret: every kid has his or her own personal door into the fairy realm. There’s one with your name in glittery gold right now. It appeared when you were born, and it’s been closed and locked ever since. But guess what? Now it’s open, and it’s all because of your lost tooth. As soon as your first tooth pops out, your fairy world door swings wide open so that the Tooth Fairy can visit your house. She has a pile of treasures with your name on it, and if you follow these instructions carefully, you’ll soon find one of them in your room.

How to Welcome the Tooth Fairy

The Tooth Fairy might have an open doorway to your room, but she can’t pass through until there’s a tooth waiting for her on the other side. However, there’s good news! You have that tooth with you. You kept it healthy and you were brave when it fell out, so the Tooth Fairy wants to reward you. Here’s how you can prepare for her visit:

  1. Keep your lost tooth safe! Put it somewhere you won’t forget it, like in a keepsake box, until it’s bedtime.
  2. Before bed, brush your teeth and floss. The Tooth Fairy loves a clean mouth. 
  3. Carefully place your tooth under your pillow, or in your special tooth pillow. This will make it easy for the Tooth Fairy to find. 
  4. Go to sleep! We know it’s exciting to wait for her, but the Tooth Fairy won’t come unless she knows you’re asleep.

That’s not so hard, is it? Follow these steps exactly and soon you’ll have a magical guest with a gift to leave behind.

Check Your Pillow!

When you wake up, your tooth will be gone. The Tooth Fairy keeps all baby teeth stored safely away for you, and in return, she leaves you a gift. Check under your pillow or in your tooth pillow to see what she left. And if you want to thank her, you can write her a letter. We know her pretty well, so we can make sure that she gets it. Even though she’s really busy, she always takes time to respond.

Keeping the Tooth Fairy Happy

You did it! You lost a tooth, you kept it safe, and you welcomed the Tooth Fairy. She’s proud of you, and so are your parents. Now, it’s time to get ready for her next visit. Because this is only the beginning. Your door to the fairy world is still open, which means that you’re going to lose more teeth and visit with the Tooth Fairy plenty more times. She loves finding strong, shiny teeth when she stops by, so make sure that you take good care of them for her. This means having a healthy teeth routine. The Tooth Fairy will be watching from Fairyland, smiling and cheering whenever she sees you brushing, flossing, and rinsing. And next time she comes, there will be another perfect white tooth waiting for her.

While you wait, you can see what the Tooth Fairy’s up to by asking your parents to check out Flutterpop’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. 

Time-Honored Tooth Fairy Traditions

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Your child’s first tooth will fall out at age six or seven, according to WebMD, and when that first incisor starts to wiggle, it can be a worrisome experience. But you want excitement, not fear! Losing teeth is a part of growing up and being healthy, but kids often don’t see that when a loose tooth makes it hard to chew and brush. Enter the Tooth Fairy. Introduce her early in your child’s life (age three or four) and you can establish long-term traditions that will have  him or her eagerly anticipating the day that first tooth pops free. Let’s take a look at some tried and true Tooth Fairy traditions and practical tips for bringing her to life. 

Weave a Magical Tale

The Tooth Fairy has long been an oral tradition, a fairy tale, a bedtime story passed down from parents to children, and from generation to generation. Spinning a story from your child’s bedside is a great way to add your own details and start your own family traditions. It also gives you a chance to pause and explain good brushing and flossing habits, tying the Tooth Fairy directly to the morning and/or nightly routine. You can even say that you’ve seen the Tooth Fairy, met her, or talked to her on the phone, helping her come alive in your child’s imagination. 

And if spontaneous storytelling isn’t your strong suit, don’t worry. There are plenty of books and movies that feature the Tooth Fairy and promote good dental hygiene. Even after you’ve introduced her, you can use these storytelling tools to build anticipation for those first few loose teeth.

Prepare the Gifts

You know the drill. It’s been the same since you lost your first tooth. It goes under the pillow and in the morning, there’s money. Even though the value of a baby tooth has fluctuated over the years, parents have consistently swapped teeth for coins and bills, and that’s because it works. However, it’s a good idea to carefully consider the amount (because the Tooth Fairy can teach kids a lot about money) or  whether you want to leave something other than cash, like small toys, gift cards, or fun dental supplies. Keep these treasures hidden in a safe place and have them ready beforehand. If your child suddenly loses a tooth in the middle of the night, you want to be prepared! Keep your eye on the latest Tooth Fairy trends for new, exciting gift ideas.

Remember that kids talk at school and on the playground. Have an explanation in mind to explain discrepancies in money and/or gifts. Maybe the Tooth Fairy gives different gifts for different types of teeth or particularly clean ones. 

Ensure a Smooth Swap

After a few lost teeth, you’ll have the Tooth Fairy running like a well-oiled machine, but the first time can be rocky if you don’t have a tooth-swap plan in place. Tradition encourages children to place teeth under their pillows, but this can be tricky to access without waking them. Try a tooth pillow, which can hang neatly on a bedpost or doorknob, or a special storage box on the nightstand or dresser. This way, the Tooth Fairy can come silently in and out without any disturbances. 

Have a Backup Plan

Sometimes a child might lose a tooth and hide it without telling you. Sometimes you might just forget to call the Tooth Fairy and make the swap. Whatever the reason, if your child wakes up to find his or her tooth still intact, there might be disappointed and worry (on top of being toothless!), so you’ll want to have an explanation ready. “Oh, the Tooth Fairy called,” you could say, “and she got sick yesterday, but will be back tonight!” Or: “I heard that a ton of kids lost teeth yesterday and the Tooth Fairy got swamped with work.” You could even have your child write a letter checking on the Tooth Fairy to make sure she’s okay. Whatever you do, be creative and ensure your child that she will be back around to collect that tooth.

Starting a relationship with the Tooth Fairy is an exciting time for children, one that will influence the way they view dental health for their entire childhood. It’s also a great experience to share with your child, bringing you closer together as you guide them through the anxiety-inducing process of losing teeth. When it comes to tips, guides, news and all things Tooth Fairy, we’re your go-to source, so keep up with our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for the latest Tooth Fairy developments.

Top Tooth Fairy Tips & Tools

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Yes, she’s magical. Of course, she’s generous. But did you know that the Tooth Fairy is an innovator, too? She’s constantly finding new ways to captivate young minds and promote dental health, whether through technology, fun products, or creative new ideas. Your child knows and loves the Tooth Fairy. He or she has no doubt spent time shimmying a loose tooth and imagining her midnight foray into their room, and even the gift she’ll leave behind. Technological advances and new accessories have made it possible to bring that imagination to life, enhancing the Tooth Fairy experience from start to finish, from loose tooth to the under-pillow treasure. Try one (or more) of these recent trends for an unforgettable Tooth Fairy visit.

Go Digital

Capture the dental sprite in action with a simple photo editing app. Choose from various Tooth Fairy poses, then superimpose one of them on a photo of your sleeping child. Watch their eyes light up as they see the Tooth Fairy fluttering above the bed. And if they’re disappointed to have missed her, no worries! You can contact her directly as well. At Flutterpop, we’re tight with the Tooth Fairy, and we’re happy to pass along your child’s message. Or, you can download an app that delivers special texts and voicemails to her. She may be busy, but she’s always on top of her inbox and responds to every message she receives. 

Ditch the Cash

According to Marketwatch, the 2019 average tooth-to-money rate was $3.70. But sometimes a non-cash gift can be worth a lot more in sentiment. The Tooth Fairy is more than willing to get creative with her gifts. Leaving a gift card or homemade coupon for one of your child’s favorite things – like a local eatery, children’s museum, or amusement park – will show that the Tooth Fairy knows  him or her personally and give you an excuse for a fun outing. Tooth-friendly treats are another great option. Or, consider leaving fun new dental supplies. A toothbrush themed with a favorite character or brightly-colored floss will get your child excited about tooth care. Along with any of these gifts, a hand-written note from the Tooth Fairy (on tiny paper, of course), will make any child eager for her next visit.

Change Up the “Under-Pillow” Experience

Tradition has long encouraged kids to stash teeth underneath their pillows, but in reality, the Tooth Fairy doesn’t care where she finds them. Try out a tooth pillow or keepsake box instead. Tooth pillows are colorful, customizable cushions that slip easily over a doorknob or bedpost. They come in a variety of characters and have special pockets for tooth storage. Keepsake boxes give your child a special tooth container so they can rest assured that the lost tooth is safe. If you’re looking for a fun weekend craft, you can even help your child create their own.

Leave Evidence Behind

Nothing makes the Tooth Fairy come alive like evidence of her visit. When your child wakes up to glittery footprints on the shelf or pixie dust on the nightstand, they’ll know that just hours before, a magical guest graced the bedside. Couple that with a tiny note from the fairy herself and there will be no doubt that she stopped by. 

Every generation and culture has  its own Tooth Fairy traditions, and she’s always finding new ways to bring joy to recently toothless children. Try a few of these tips and your child will experience the Tooth Fairy’s magic like never before. We’re always on top of the latest Tooth Fairy trends and tools, so for an endless supply of ideas, lessons, and dental knowledge, follow Flutterpop on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.