Many kids get excited when they notice for the first time that a baby tooth is becoming loose. Why is that? Because it means that the tooth fairy will soon be paying a visit to your home! A visit from the tooth fairy is a big deal! Is your child ready? Read on for 3 things to know before the tooth fairy visits so they can be ready.

1. The Tooth Fairy is Magical

One of the first and most important things to know before the tooth fairy visits your home is that she is magical. One of the most frequently asked questions we get about the tooth fairy is, “What does she look like?” Since she is a mythological creature with magical abilities, she can take different forms depending on each child’s imagination. Some children imagine her as a tiny princess or queen with a shiny dress and a little wand. Others have pictured her as a favorite animal, such as a mouse, a kitten, or even a unicorn.

So, before the tooth fairy visits, it’s important to take some time to sit down with your child and ask them how they imagine the tooth fairy to look. Ask them if she has a crown or a wand and what other fun things might distinguish her from other fairies.

2. The Tooth Fairy Brings Gifts

Our favorite fun fact about the tooth fairy is that she often brings small gifts when she visits. So keep an eye out when the tooth fairy collects your child’s tooth, a special gift may magically appear in its place under your child’s pillow or on their nightstand. This gift could be the traditional gift of a silver dollar or something fun that your child would enjoy like tickets for a movie, play, train ride, or the zoo. Or it might be a doll or a toy car they’ve been eyeing at the toy store. It can be fun to talk with your child beforehand to find out what they think the gift may be.

3. The Tooth Fairy Requires Healthy Teeth

One really important thing to keep in mind is that the tooth fairy searches for teeth that are in good condition. That’s why it’s important for your child to take good care of their teeth by brushing every day to keep them clean and healthy so they’ll be sparkling and white when she finds them.

You might not have known this, but many pediatric dentists are friends with the tooth fairy, so we can help answer questions you may have about things to know before the tooth fairy visits. We can also help your child learn how to take good care of their teeth so that they are in their best condition and ready for the tooth fairy when she visits.

Call our Pearland, Baytown or Deer Park/La Porte dental offices, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.