February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day!
The tale of the tooth fairy is a fun and imaginative way to get kids involved in their dental health. On February 28, we celebrate the Tooth Fairy and all her little helpers that keep encouraging kids to brush regularly and maintain a beautiful smile.
As the tale goes, when a child loses one of their baby teeth, they place the tooth under their pillow overnight. During the night, the Tooth Fairy will come and replace the tooth with a small token, typically money or a small toy.
Where did the Tooth Fairy Come From?
The legend of the Tooth Fairy dates back to the earliest written Norse and Northern Eurpoean writings, when Vikings practiced a tradition of tand-fé or a tooth fee. The earliest written mention of our modern notion of a Tooth Fairy was written in the Chicago Daily Tribune in 1908. Source
How Can we Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day?
National Tooth Fairy Day gives us a great way to encourage young children to brush regularly and become involved in good oral hygiene. Here are some great ways you can get your kids excited about keeping their smile bright:
1. Draw a picture of the Tooth Fairy
Get crafty! Draw a picture of the Tooth Fairy, and add glitter, ribbon, and other craft materials. Hang the picture in the bathroom so kids can remember to brush often.
2. Use a brushing calendar
A brushing calendar will help kids remember to brush twice daily. Keep kids motivated by giving them a small reward for a week’s worth of brushing, like a trip to their favorite playground or perhaps a bike ride with mom & dad. Download your brushing calendar here.
3. Celebrate with Tooth Fairy Certificates and Tooth Reciepts
4. Let your kids pick a special toothbrush
Picking a special toothbrush can be motivating to little ones. But the toothbrush aisle can be a little overwhelming. So give them a choice between two or three from their favorite characters.
5. Brush together
Let your kids see that you brush your teeth twice a day, too. Kids tend to want to emmulate their parents, and when they see you displaying good oral hygiene habits, they’ll want to do the same.
For more National Tooth Fairy Resources, including printable worksheets, scrapbook pages, and an interview with the Tooth Fairy, see the American Dental Assocation’s All About the Tooth Fairy page.