This past weekend we were at a family party and one of my nieces was excited to show everyone that she had lost her first baby tooth. She was beaming as she talked about the tooth fairy leaving her a present in exchange for the tooth. My little guy, Jack, seemed very interested in this concept when he heard she got a treat.
I started thinking about the whole tooth fairy concept and a plan developed in my mind about how I can use this mythical fairy to help get Jack to brush his teeth more. He understands the concept of Santa Claus, and stops acting up if I mention, “Santa’s watching.” So what’s one more imaginary character that can see all, right?
So that night, armed with our Training Toothbrush and Tooth & Gum Cleanser, I explained that when it’s time for the Tooth Fairy to visit him, she won’t take any dirty teeth. They must be brushed everyday or she will pass by his pillow.
He was eager to begin brushing and even let me help him get all his teeth without struggle. And the next morning, he even asked to brush. Normally I don’t like to go the bribery route like this, but his oral care is so important – even with his cute little baby teeth. He needs a good foundation for when his adult teeth do start coming in and to establish dental care as part of his routine to take with him throughout his life.
I hope he doesn’t start asking me when the Tooth Fairy is going to come and visit. I don’t have the heart to tell him it will be a few more years. I’ll just let the mystery remain for now since it’s doing what I need it to do.