August 22nd is National Tooth Fairy Day, and our Mom’s Guide dental partners wanted to share with you a few fun facts about your kids’ teeth.
Tooth Fairy Fact #1
Your child is going to have 20 baby teeth, with the first typically emerging between 6-10 months. However, babies can start teething as early as 3 months.
Tooth Fairy Fact #2
Baby teeth usually appear in the order shown in our baby tooth chart (above). The first two teeth to erupt are the bottom central incisors, followed by the top four front teeth emerging shortly after.
Tooth Fairy Fact #3
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you take your baby to the dentist shortly after the first tooth appears and/or by the child’s first birthday.
Tooth Fairy Fact #4
All 20 teeth will have typically grown in between the ages of 2 ½ to 3 years old.
Tooth Fairy Fact #4
Most kids lose their first tooth in the years between kindergarten and first grade or between the ages of 6 and 7, and children lose their teeth in roughly the same order in which they appeared.
Tooth Fairy Fact #5
Countries all around the world practice the tradition of trading baby teeth for treasures. In the U.S., the Tooth Fairy’s going rate is between $1 and $5 per tooth, according to the Original Tooth Fair Poll.
Some parents enjoy teaching their children that the Tooth Fairy pays more for teeth that have been well brushed and flossed as a way to encourage good oral care. 😉
If someone in your house has a wiggly tooth, follow this link to find samples to inspire your Tooth Fairy letters.
You might also enjoy making a keepsake “Tooth Fairy Pillow” that will be a sweet resting spot for that tooth until the fairy can make her way to your home.
Or, if you’re not crafty (like me!), you could simply enter to win one of our adorable tooth fairy pillows, handcrafted by Hannalah Designs. For your chance, please comment below with which part of San Diego the Tooth Fairy will visit when your little one loses a tooth.
One reader will be randomly selected to receive a pillow in her favorite color at the end of this week. Good luck!