National Tooth Fairy Day is just one reason to celebrate with the children – young and old – who come to your practice.
Do you remember the feeling of waking up the morning after you lost a tooth, hesitant, yet excited to reach your hand under the pillow and see if the Tooth Fairy took your tooth and left you a present? If that time was too far away, do you remember the look on your children’s faces as they came barreling out of their bedrooms first thing in the morning dollars in their hands?
While some dentists celebrate National Tooth Fairy day on August 22, others celebrate it on February 28. Our suggestion is to celebrate both days! With a job as difficult as the Tooth Fairy’s, she deserves all the celebrating she can get.
National Tooth Fairy Day is the perfect opportunity to check in with your youngest patients. Here are a few ways to get them involved with the celebration.
Host a party in honor of the tooth fairy
To draw new families into your practice, host a party to celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day. Serve healthy snacks and treats, and allow members of the community to walk through your practice. Give individualized tours to families who attend of your waiting room, patient rooms, and any special areas they may come in contact with, such as X-Ray machines.
Let the kids crawl up on the patient chairs, pass out free toothbrushes, and don’t forget to ask their parents if they’d like to schedule an appointment before they leave.
Create a children’s library in your waiting room
Designate an area of your waiting room for children to read books about teeth, oral care, and the tooth fairy. Here are a few of our Tooth-Fairy favorites:
- Nice Try, Tooth Fairy by Mary W. Olson
- Quarter from the Tooth Fairy by Caren Holtzman
- You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt and David Slonim.
- The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy by Martha Brockenbrough
- Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat by Deborah Underwood
- The Mixed-up Tooth Fairy by William Faulkner
- The Tooth Fairy Wars by Kate Coombs
- Dear Tooth Fairy by Alan Durant
Send a note from the Tooth Fairy
Every year on National Tooth Fairy Day, send a letter – from the Tooth Fairy – to your youngest patients. A letter like this is bound to make an impact as children don’t often get mail. It can be short, simple, and printed from the computer, but send it in the postal mail addressed to the child. Create a header that reads “From the Desk of the Tooth Fairy.” Bonus points if someone in your office signs it before sending. A printed letter is fine, but suspicious minds will expect some handwriting, too.
Here’s an example you can use with your young patients:
Hello (Patient’s Name),
Every time I see you smile, it makes me smile. You have beautiful, super-shiny teeth!
You are growing up to be so big and strong, and I appreciate how well you’re taking care of your teeth. Please keep up the hard work. Remember to brush and floss two times a day. Eat healthy food, and brush an extra time whenever you eat sugary treats.
Do you have any loose teeth? If so, I’ll be seeing you soon. Yippee! If not, I’ll try to be patient, but I can’t wait to visit.
Please make sure to say hello to your parents and your dentist, (your name here) for me!
Thinking of you,
The Tooth Fairy
National Tooth Fairy Day can be for your adult patients, too
While the children you serve may be more excited about National Tooth Fairy Day than the adults, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with the “big kids” too. Use this special day as a chance to send out an email to your patient list, reminding them to contact you if they need to schedule a routine appointment. Send them notes in the postal mail – signed by you and the Tooth Fairy – thanking them for being a patient at your practice. Remind them the date of any upcoming appointments. Simply reach out!
Do you celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day in your office? Let us know the special ways you share the day with your youngest patients in the comments section.