From Santa to the Easter Bunny, children are open to learning important life lessons through wonderful characters. Make the most of the fable to teach your kids great habits and find out how much money could be under your pillow, in the form of free dental care for your kids.
Creating magical experiences for kids to help them learn about day-to-day things is part and parcel of parenting. For generations, the Tooth Fairy has been a firm family favourite. Children come to learn about taking care of their teeth through this fable, and that their teeth are – literally- valuable. Children are always excited to receive their first visit from the Tooth Fairy, yet unlike Santa and his helpful elves, this character is usually billed as flying solo.
But what if the Tooth Fairy could not do the job without a large supporting cast? If the Tooth Fairy is likely to make an appearance at your place within the next year, there is no better time to introduce your little ones to their local dentist.
Combining the Tooth Fairy fable with introductions to regular dental check ups is one way to translate excitement from under the pillow to confidence during check-ups. So, why not fashion your family dentist with a bigger role to play?
For instance, imagine them as part of the Tooth Fairy’s International Smile Force. This can be a fun way to explain the role of the dentist with your little ones, and adds a magical ingredient that may help reduce anxiety for both of you!
Free Dental Care Under The Pillow
For every gold coin left under a pillow for tiny milk teeth, there’s the wish that the Tooth Fairy would leave enough to pay for the dental care that kids need long after those magical visits end.
The good news is that there is a Tooth Fairy for grown-ups that can actually provide a certain amount of free dental care for children. It comes in the guise of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule or CDBS; a generous scheme that supports Australian families to pay for early, preventive dental care for their kids.
In 2017, the CDBS provides up to $1000 for three million children ages 2 to 17 and can be applied to the following dental services:
- Teeth cleaning
- Root canals
When it comes to healthy teeth as tools for life, taking steps to build rapport between your dentist and your child is the first step. The CDBS funds can then make it easier to for families to follow the Tooth Fairy’s footsteps from under the pillow and into the dental chair.