“I’m going to brush my teeth!” My 5-year-old daughter told me as she ran to the bathroom.
It was the third time that day, and not even dark yet. I wasn’t about to complain about her increased interest in the habit but I was curious why.
“It will help me lose my teeth!” She said. “London says I’m really close to losing two teeth!” She told me while pointing at some of her bottom teeth.
“Let me see,” I asked her as I went to wiggle her teeth and see if they were loose. They weren’t.
“Oh, well they don’t seem loose to me,” I told her.
“YES THEY ARE! LONDON SAID!” How dare I claim to know more than her friends.
I let her continue to brush and dream of losing her first tooth, never mind the fact that we brush our teeth and keep them clean to keep them from falling out… At least as adults.
“Why do you want to lose a tooth so bad?” I asked her.
“Because I want to get money from the tooth fairy. I wonder how much she gives,” she debated to herself. “I want a million dollars so I can go to Disney Cruise, Disney World and Disneyland!”
I had to let her down gently. Tooth fairy does not have that kind of money.
“Have lots of your friends lost their teeth?” I asked her.
“Yes! Like everyone except me and Jayden girl,” she told me with a tone of disappointment.
“It’s ok! Your teeth will come out when it’s time.”
Is this the first in a series of jealous developmental milestone talks? First baby teeth then next thing I know we’ll be talking about everyone else wearing makeup, needing bras!
As she eagerly brushed while looking in the mirror, I snapped a few pictures accepting the reality that true, soon she will be losing her first tooth and this mouth of baby chompers will never been the same.
She’s pretty good about brushing her teeth but I still go in there after her and make sure they’re scrubbed down well. Between movie nights with candy and popcorn, Valentine’s treats, there’s a lot to miss.
My son joins in too, and barring any rough and tough accidents, he shouldn’t be losing any baby teeth soon.
Of course when she finally does lose her first tooth you’ll know about it! I mean, talk about a proud mom moment!
PS: For anyone wondering I’m thinking the tooth fairy will bring a $2 bill. One of my colleagues at work told me years ago she does that for her kids and the cute idea stuck! Definitely not enough for a Disney trip, but a great excuse to refresh her on the concept of savings.
How much money does the tooth fairy leave at your house?
Also, if your kids hate brushing their teeth (is that even a thing?) here’s some motivation:
1. A cute son from Elmo. It’s my jam (Warning: You’ll never get it out of your head after you hear it):
2. Health incentives: I didn’t realize that at least 20% of children ages 5-11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth and tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in kids age 6-11 and adolescents age 12-19. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend using a smear of fluoridated toothpaste once the teeth start to come through. Fluoride is an anti-cavity active ingredient available in over-the-counter (OTC) products that helps prevent tooth decay and cavities.
Here are some more helpful facts about oral care.
*This post was brought to you by a sleep-deprived not-so-new-mom in partnership with the CHPA Educational Foundation’s KnowYourOTCs blogging program. All opinions (and typos) are my own.