As a pediatric dentist in Aurora, CO, Dr. Mark Braasch is often asked about the process that replaces baby teeth with permanent teeth. As children grow up, their first set of teeth is lost one tooth at a time so that permanent adult teeth can take their place. Parents are sometimes concerned that this process will be unpleasant for children to go through. Children can be fearful of the prospect of losing their teeth and express anxiety about pain. The Tooth Fairy is a nice story that can help ease children’s worries about this important stage of growing up. Since February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day, we at the Meadow Hills Dental office wanted to share a few ideas on how kids and parents can start to look forward to emerging adult teeth.
Siblings and Older Relatives
If your young child is close to their older siblings or to cousins and other relatives a few years old than them, ask the older children to talk to the younger ones about how they felt when the Tooth Fairy visited them. Hearing positive words from a trusted source can help sooth fear.
Many nice picture books have been written about children losing their first tooth and about being visited by the Tooth Fairy. This is a short list of books that you can look for at a bookstore or library:
If you cannot find these books, or would like to see additional titles, ask a children’s librarian or a book seller. They will be able to help you locate many other books that talk about losing a tooth in a fun, positive way.
Maintain Regular Checkups
Pediatric dentistry helps ensure that new teeth are emerging properly. Schedule your child’s next appointment with Dr. Braasch by calling our office at 720.325.2460.