For kids, losing their first tooth is a major milestone. It means they will start getting “big-kid” teeth! For parents, this means their first contract with the Tooth Fairy. It can be overwhelming, but the Tooth Fairy is actually very nice and is usually willing to work with whatever the parents decide on.
You see, different parents make different deals with the Tooth Fairy, and all are tasked with helping her take care of the baby teeth. Terms of these “Tooth Contracts” are negotiated from family to family, and it is up to the parents to decide how the Tooth Fairy will care for their child’s teeth. (Some parents even choose to not have the Tooth Fairy come to their house, preferring to give the gifts themselves.) Here are some deals other parents have struck with the Tooth Fairy, to help inspire you as you work out your own agreement.
Clean Room Contract: The Tooth Fairy is a HUGE fan of this option. It states that the Tooth Fairy can only take teeth if the room is clean. Sometimes, she will even check around the house to make sure other chores are done! This contract feature is quite popular with parents.
No Candy Contract: Instead of candy or other edible goodies, many parents ask the Tooth Fairy to bring non-food items in exchange for teeth. Some examples are small toys, bubble bath, or coins. This helps protect the remaining teeth from cavities. This contract feature is very popular with dentists.
Some other contract options have included leaving a note on the counter, leaving a sprinkle of fairy dust and giving a bonus for cavity-free teeth. The Tooth Fairy also loves giving out brightly colored toothbrushes with your child’s favorite characters on them. Fun-colored floss or flossing picks are another favorite of parents and fairies alike.
The Tooth Fairy does not give mouthwash to children very often, and never to children under age 6. Mouthwash can be dangerous if swallowed, so the Tooth Fairy sticks to other, safer options for children.
If you need help with your Tooth Contract, call Olympia Dental Group in Lacey, Washington, at 360-943-4777. Dr. Thinh Ho and our team are happy to help!