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THE TOOTHFAIRY
When children lose one of their baby teeth, they should place it underneath their pillow and
the tooth fairy will visit while they sleep, replacing the lost tooth with a small payment.
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Children generally begin to lose their baby teeth between the ages of 5 and 7. By the time a child's full set of 32 adult teeth come in, he will have lost 20 baby teeth. When a child loses his first tooth, parents may wish to set expectations regarding tooth fairy visits.
Losing A Tooth
Losing a tooth is one of the great rites of passage during childhood, one that involves the magical transformation of their teeth into money or a small gift. The traditional idea of the tooth fairy involves the child placing his tooth under the pillow at night and awakening the next morning to find that the tooth fairy has left money in its place. However, there are also some outside-the-box ideas on how to be the tooth fairy that can make your child's experience even more memorable.

Consider Skipping the Cash
While an 8- or 9-year-old may be excited about money, a younger child will probably not understand the value of money and might be happier with a special treat. Depending on how extravagant you want to get, the tooth fairy could leave behind a book, a small toy, a healthy snack or even something like tickets to the zoo. Just keep in mind that whatever you do for the first tooth will set expectations for all the rest.

Make It a Total Experience
There are lots of other extras you can do to add to the mystery and magic of the tooth fairy experience. Think about getting a special tooth pillow with a pocket for the tooth. That way, the "tooth fairy" knows just where to find it without searching underneath your child's head. You can buy these or, if you're feeling crafty, make your own.

Another idea is to have the tooth fairy leave a note for your child. Use a special pen, put some effort into creative handwriting and then dust some glitter over the paper to create fairy dust. You might have the tooth fairy explain what is going to happen to the tooth and leave an encouraging message to your child to keep brushing.

Some kids are naturally skeptical. If you want to keep the mystery of the tooth fairy alive as long as possible, be sure not to write in your own handwriting when leaving a note from the fairy. You can print off a letter with a fancy font from your computer, or write your tooth fairy letters in very tiny (fairy-sized) block letters with a very fine-tipped pen, so your child can see it was written by someone much smaller than mom or dad.

A letter from the tooth fairy is a great way to encourage your child to maintain their oral health while extending the time of childhood fantasies as long as you can.

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