Most children are excited to lose their baby teeth and enjoy repeat visits from the Tooth Fairy. However, some kids can feel anxiety and even fear about losing their teeth. If your children have started to show fear about losing their baby teeth, try the following steps to ease their fears and have them excited once again for the next visit from the Tooth Fairy.
Read Books to Your Child
Books can help your child feel more at ease over losing baby teeth. Some popular children's books on the topic include:
- Truman's Loose Tooth by Kristine Wurm
- Loose Tooth (My First I Can Read Series) by Lola M. Schaefer
- Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy by Marc Brown
- Dear Tooth Fairy by Alan Durant
After you read one of these books aloud to your child, share your thoughts on the story. You may also ask your child questions about the characters in the story and explore what the characters may have been feeling about their own baby teeth. Some question you may ask are as follows:
- Do you think the main character handled the problem well?
- What would you have done differently?
- What do you think the character was most afraid of?
- Do you think the character was afraid of losing their baby teeth?
- What advice would you give the main character?
- Would you like to change the ending of the story? If so, how?
- What could the other characters have done to better comfort the main character?
The answer to these questions can provide insights into how your child is truly feeling and get them to talk more in detail about their own feelings.
Talk About Having Teeth Pulled
Some children feel better about having teeth pulled at the dentist's office, rather than waiting for teeth to possibly fall off when biting into an apple or in their sleep. In some instances, your family dentist may want to have baby teeth extracted for other reasons. If your child needs to have their baby teeth pulled, ease their fears in the following ways:
- Discuss exactly what's going to happen.
- Allow your child to ask questions about the procedure. They should be able to ask both you and the dentist the same questions if they need extra reassurance.
- Give your child a non-food treat after the extraction to help provide a distraction.
- Talk about proper care of the mouth after a tooth extraction. For baby teeth, the mouth should heal in a day or two, but be sure to follow all advice from your dentist.
Finally, keep in mind that your child's unique fears may be dynamic. They may be afraid of one aspect of losing their teeth one day, yet the fears may be completely different the next day. Continue the ongoing conversation to ease your child's fears and help them face that pesky anxiety head on. For more tips on conquering your child's dental fears, speak to a clinic like All About Smiles Incorporated.