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Cecily Kellogg is madly in love with the internet, technology, and social media. She writes here at Babble about the intersection of family, technology, and social media and runs her own web content and social media consulting business, Double Good Media. She is also known for her raw tone and humor on various social media platforms including her own blog, Uppercase Woman. Kellogg lives in the Philadelphia area, is happily married and is mom to a fierce and amazing daughter, and yes, she’s a full grown adult who loves her pink hair.

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My Daughter Is In Love With the Tooth Fairy

By cecilyk |

My daughter has already lost two teeth, which doesn’t surprise me; I lost my teeth early, got my twelve-year molars at age eight, and got my wisdom teeth in when I was twelve. She’s about to lose one of her top teeth, which I’m actually kind of relieved about because it’s got some enamel wear (the dentist isn’t worried about it) thanks to there not being enough floride in our water in our Philly suburb.

And when I say not enough, I mean there is none.

I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the aquifer the city was above actually had naturally occurring floride in the water. Yes, it was there naturally. Do you what that meant? It meant I didn’t get a cavity until I was twelve, and that cavity was so shallow that the dentist was able to drill it and fill it without numbing my mouth.

My daughter is NOT so lucky.

She’s already had two cavities. We’ve done the vitamins with floride, we’ve done brushing her teeth three times a day, we’ve even encouraged sugar free gum use, but it’s a BATTLE.

And this is the part that becomes a total commercial.

I was recently sent some of the new post-brushing mouth wash by Listerine to test out and write about. It came with two flavors – a Barbie-labeled Bubble Gum, and a Phineas and Ferb-labeled Bubble Blast. For the first time since we got my daughter brushing her teeth she was BEGGING to brush her teeth. BEGGING. The coolest thing is the way the bottle is designed, she can squeeze up exactly the amount she needs and no more so she’s not getting a ton of the stuff all at once.

She’s now brushing her teeth without an argument. She knows she has to brush before she uses the rinse, so… yeah.

Now she’s doing the kid thing where she’s wiggling that top tooth like crazy, trying to get it to come out. The looseness of the tooth was actually contributing to the tooth-brushing issue; it feels weird to brush loose teeth (do you remember that? how weird it felt? I do!). But now she’s wiggling away, ready for the tooth fairy to come visit again.

That is totally my fault; sadly, the first tooth she lost the only money we had the house was a five dollar bill. I think my daughter believes she’s going to get rich while losing her teeth. Sigh.

I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Kids Cavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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11 thoughts on “My Daughter Is In Love With the Tooth Fairy

  1. kate says:

    Ah! I remember when my little girl lost all her bottom teeth! She was so scared (kind of hilarious considering she thought she’ll never live to chew again!)

  2. Marilyn says:

    Ha! Either you’ve set an unfortunate precedent or your daughter is in for a rude awakening next time. We’ve all ben there though. It’s amazing how inflation has affected the tooth fairy game though… I remember when I was a kid I was happy to get a quarter!

  3. ClaudIA says:

    Well, which is better, according to your daughter?! Bubble GUM or bubble BLAST? Excited to give this a try. Anything that gets kids excited about brushing teeth is okay by me!

  4. georgiapeach says:

    there has definitely been quite the inflation when it comes to the tooth fairy! what is the going rate right now?

  5. kathryn says:

    has anyone else tries this mouth rinse? I’m anxious to hear more opinions, but it sounds promising!

  6. Ange says:

    I always thin about my neighborbor’s son (now in college…lol) and how he was so afraid of the toothfairy that he barracked himself in his room!

  7. Stephanie Judith says:

    Aw losing teeth is a scary experience but then you get new shiny ones! :)

  8. Texas Mom says:

    Yes, my kids actually liked losing teeth after a while b/c it meant a visit from the Tooth Fairy!

  9. Patty says:

    kids have surprisingly stinky breath, so at least them loosing teeth is a good excuse for them to clean their mouths haha!

  10. marie hunt says:

    I would love the tooth fairy too if she gave me 5 dollars every time I lost a tooth!

  11. designhermomma says:

    I got a 5 year old that has had too many cavities than I would like to admit. Something about “soft teeth”, and “there’s really nothing we can do about this”…

    But we too have been using the listerine rinse, and she loves it!

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