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When a child loses his or her first tooth, it is a major milestone. It means they will start getting their “big-kid” teeth! For parents, this means having their first conversation with the Tooth Fairy.

When a child loses a tooth, the Tooth Fairy contacts his or her parents, to create a deal determining how she will take care of baby teeth. Terms of these “Tooth Contracts” are negotiated from family to family, and it up to the parents to decide how the Tooth Fairy will care for their child’s teeth. For parents who choose to join in the fun, this can be an exciting but overwhelming time. Here are some deals other parents have made with the Tooth Fairy, to inspire you as you work out your own.

Clean Room Contract: The Tooth Fairy is a HUGE fan of this option. It states that the Tooth Fairy can only trade teeth if the child’s room is clean. Sometimes, parents even ask her to check around the house to make sure other chores are done. This contract feature is very popular with parents.

No Candy Contract: Instead of candy or other edible goodies, many parents ask the Tooth Fairy to bring small toys or other non-food items, such as brightly colored toothbrushes or bubble bath, in exchange for teeth. This helps protect the remaining teeth from cavities. This contract feature is extremely popular with dentists and other oral health care professionals.

Some other contract features from parents have included leaving a note on the counter, leaving an extra sprinkle of fairy dust, and giving a bonus for cavity-free teeth.

If you need help with your Tooth Contract, call Hawkins Family Dentistry in Belpre, Ohio, at 740-423-8416. Dr. Lori Hawkins and our team are happy to help!