Losing a tooth is a big deal! Some kids are thrilled about it, and some kids can find it scary. Li’l Sunshine Smiles wants to make sure that all kids find enjoyment with the process. It’s all about allowing baby teeth to move on so permanent teeth can have their time to shine. Here are some ideas to help young kids find the fun in losing their 20 baby teeth!
As parents, you have the opportunity to frame the narrative on many subjects and situations for your children. When it comes to losing teeth, preparing your kids with positivity on the topic will help them look at it more positively too. You know your child better than anyone. Look ahead at what aspects of losing a tooth you feel may be more challenging for your child. Those are the areas you want to troubleshoot first. Is your child afraid of blood? How do they feel about you helping them pull a tooth out? Have they seen older siblings go through it before? Gaging how you think your child my react is a good way to make sure you have them fully prepared for what might be a scary event for them.
Losing a tooth is a big event in your child’s life. Celebrate it with something memorable. and it is nice to commemorate the event with something memorable. Get them excited about the tooth fairy! The tooth fairy is a short-term visitor in your child’s life. Before you know it, all those baby teeth will be gone, but the memories will remain.
Help them draw a card to the tooth fairy and include it with their tooth under their pillow. Swap it out in the night with a fun surprise!
Some kids do better with a tooth fairy pillow, box or jar. Something that won’t get jarred when you sneak in and accidentally wake them up. Helping them decorate it can add some fun to the tooth fairy visits and to losing a tooth.
Kids love charts! Help them make and decorate a chart that you can use ot track their tooth loss. Add a sticker or other marker to the chart and include: 1) the date the tooth fell out; 2) how it fell out; 3) which tooth it was; and 4) how long it took to fall out. Comparing the different stories each tooth has to tell can increase the fun of losing a tooth.
Everyone has a cell phone these days and that means pretty much everyone has access to a camera 24-7. When it comes to taking pictures, losing a tooth is a moment you don’t want to miss!
Colgate suggests, “Snap a picture of the new gap between your child’s teeth. Make sure to note the date on the picture and, if possible, print out a copy or two of the photo and stick a copy in a frame or an album.”
Li’l Sunshine Smiles can help you make losing a tooth a big bunch of fun! Give us our office a call to help you brainstorm ideas at (813) 576-0200!