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When it comes to parenting, it’s always nice to have parent “helpers” to motivate our children. We have Santa, the Easter Bunny, and of course, the Tooth Fairly to put smiles on our children’s faces, with one exception. The Tooth Fairy can visit throughout the year, and since a child can lose up to 20 baby teeth before the permanent teeth come in, that’s a lot of visits!

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 Orem, Utah, we invite you to enlist the aid of the Tooth Fairy to help create oral health awareness in your child. To schedule your child’s next visit, please call 801-802-7200 today and let Dr. R. Bruce Howell and our team help your child create a healthy smile throughout the year!