By contactus
April 19, 2012
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The Tooth Fairy…a few suggestions.


Next to Santa or the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy may be children’s favorite nighttime visitor. The Tooth Fairy is an old myth with many versions ranging from a Tinkerbelle lookalike to a hockey player with wings.

The traditional Tooth Fairy tale was created to help parents comfort their children when they lost a tooth. Tears shed over a lost tooth dry quickly when a child learns they can trade in the tooth for treasure. Over the years, parents have taken liberty with the amount and type of gifts the Tooth Fairy leaves behind. Children in my dental chair report rewards from a quarter to $20 or more.

According to news reports, even the Tooth Fairy wasn’t immune to a tough economy. A story in the April 9 issue of Time magazine reveals that average per-tooth payouts by the Tooth Fairy in the U.S. dropped 17 percent last year to $2.10.




My favorite tooth fairy legend is that when the tooth fairy collects the tooth, she leaves the child a gold coin. This simplifies everything. All children get the same. The fun is receiving the gold coin, not the amount it is worth. With the high price of gold this may sound pricey but there is a simple, affordable solution thanks to the U.S. Mint: the Presidential $1 Coin collection coin. These coins look gold but are mostly copper and as you would suspect, you can get them for $1 apiece at your local bank.

Keep a few in your dresser drawer you can fund the Tooth Fairy’s work at a reasonable cost and always be prepared for an unexpected lost tooth.  The total cost to you is $1 per tooth, but your child gets a special gold coin and a start on a new coin collection. Everybody is happy.

But what about those times when a child’s tooth comes out but gets lost, leaving nothing to put under the pillow? Assure your children the Tooth Fairy always knows when a tooth comes out and there is no punishment for swallowing a tooth or unknowingly tossing it out with the trash. It does help the Tooth Fairy if she is provided a pillow or tooth box for the exchange.  It can be very upsetting for the child to wake up excited in the morning and not find the coin because the dog ate it or it fell under the bed.



       Tooth pillow by Lillian Rose, Inc                           Tooth Box by Ganz              


Have fun with the Tooth Fairy, the myth is yours to modify as one of the many joys of raising your child. And if your child has doubts about whether the Tooth Fairy is real, there is a solution for that, too. Go to and with a little magic you can create a photo of the Tooth Fairy visiting your child. Enjoy!