The tooth fairy is a well-known myth that can be used to help comfort a child at the idea of losing a tooth. With many different origins for similarly popular myths, the tooth fairy is a fairly new phenomenon, popularized by Esther Watkins Arnold’s 1927 play, The Tooth Fairy. This character is great to help a child when they lose a tooth, see your dentist, and/or maintain a dental care regimen.
When your child loses a tooth, the idea of the tooth fairy of visiting that night is a great consolation for losing the tooth and receiving a present, whether it’s money or another small prize under their pillow. A visit to the dentist office can be made fun with the idea of getting your teeth cleaned so when you lose a healthy tooth, the greater the prize!
Some popular origins of the tooth fairy include the traditions of throwing it between the legs, on the roof, towards the sun, on the ground, into a mouse hole (since mice have continually growing teeth), or into a fire. These were all prayed for and thought to promote healthy, strong teeth to grow in.
Another interesting use of baby teeth were necklaces made to ward off evil witches or spirits who wished to take a part of them. Vikings were known to take into battle their children’s teeth to have luck and to protect them from harm.
The tooth fairy can also get your child excited about having healthier teeth, and this promotes a dental regimen of regular brushing, flossing, and seeing their dentist. Be sure to help your child with their brushing until it’s become a natural habit. Give Morrison Dental Group a call at 804-639-7500 to schedule your child’s next biannual appointment. Our dental professionals in Midlothian, Virginia, are excited to help take care of your child’s teeth today!