"Did the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny meet?" That's what my
6-year old Gabriella asked me this weekend since she finally had
her third visit from the Tooth Fairy on "Easter Eve!"
For the past several months we've been watching her two front
teeth grow to be almost horizontal as if the permanent teeth were
saying, "hey-get outta my way!" I believe the dental
hygienist referred to them as "flying". As they became more and
more loose, we became more and more impatient for her to just pull
them out already.
One day during this time of flying teeth, I made the mistake of
complaining to my mom about it. All she said was "pay back!"
I guess Gabriella inherited my own dramatic process of losing
my baby teeth. I can vaguely remember a lot of drama with tears,
and a very real fear of pulling out my teeth.
So you have to imagine I lean a little on the soft side when it
comes to being forceful about pulling dangling baby teeth. I have
friends and relatives that yank out their kids teeth when they are
a long way from falling out naturally. Luckily, I have the dental
profession backing me on this one. They say it's best to wait until
they are very loose, and there should be little or no pain or
That said, our pediatric dentist forcefully encouraged Gabriella
to pull her front teeth out by setting an appointment and printing
out a chart and estimate for extracting the two upper front teeth.
Needless to say, my husband and I were not going to pay the dentist
$242 to pull out our daughter's teeth for no good reason!
There were plenty of other pediatric dental experts I found
who claimed this is almost never necessary. My husband offered to
buy her teeth, and she only asked for $6. Her Uncle then upped the
price to $7 each. It didn't work.
A mere 10 days after the threatened extraction, one of the teeth
fell out-on our last day of vacation in New York City! The
other one is going to be right behind it, I know. The Tooth Fairy
came, perhaps chatting with the Easter Bunny in the hallway, and
left a $1 gold coin with a picture of the Statue of Liberty on it
since she lost her tooth in New York City of course. Prior Tooth
Fairy visits brought a $1 gold coin with Sacajawea on it, and a $5
bill for the first tooth lost because she was 5 years old when she
How do you handle baby teeth drama in your house? And
what has the Tooth Fairy been leaving for your children's
See more of Heather's stories here.
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