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Ask the Tooth Fairy

ADA Tooth Fairy

Hello, I’m your tooth fairy! I’m sure many of you have heard of me. You may have already received one of my special little gifts. Losing your baby teeth might make you feel a little confused so I’m here to answer some of your questions.

Question from Joey: How do you know when I’ve lost a tooth?
Answer: I have a golden bell in my Tooth Fairy Castle that chimes whenever a child loses a tooth. My helper, Dr. Floss, lets me know where you live and I wait for it to get dark outside so that I can fly to your house while you are sleeping.

Question from Isabella: Do you have anyone helping you?
Answer: My assistant Dr. Floss gives me daily reports to let me know if you are brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day and that you are eating healthy foods. I also have a little fairy helper named Sparkle. She’s so small that you can’t see her, but she works with Dr. Floss and they report to me if you have been taking care of your teeth. Sparkle wants me to remind you that you should limit all the sugars you put into your mouth. We know candy, sodas and juices can be tasty, but they can be harmful to your beautiful teeth.

Question from Noah: Why do my baby teeth fall out?
Answer: It’s all part of the magic of growing up! Because your body is growing, including your mouth, the adult teeth you have growing below your baby teeth need to come out. Your baby teeth are good to have when you are little since they save the space where your adult teeth will come in, but you can’t have baby teeth forever. Imagine smiling when you are all grown up with only your baby teeth!

Question from Emma: Why do I have to brush my teeth?
Answer: Your teeth are very important. They help you chew food, speak clearly, and they make you feel good about yourself. When you take care of your teeth you are rewarded with a beautiful smile. And that smile will not only make you feel good, but it will also make others feel happy when they see your big, bright smile.

Question from Aiden: What will the tooth fairy give me for my tooth?
Answer: I like to keep you guessing! Dr. Floss and I usually consult with one another before I fly to your house. Sometimes we like to give some money, but other times I may just drop off a little gift for you.

Question from Maya: Where should I put my baby tooth? Answer: This is a very good question. I prefer to find your tooth underneath your pillow, but you can put it on a dresser near your bed. I’ll see it wherever it is because your tooth radiates a soft glow that only I can see.

Question from Shawn: Uh-oh! I lost my baby tooth. Will you still give me a present?
Answer: As long as you’ve been good with brushing your teeth I will be able to spot it wherever I go. Not only do your teeth glow, but I also have x-ray vision so I will find it. And since Sparkle flies around she’ll let me know if you have lost it.