We believe that every little tooth is worth celebrating, so one of the features you’ll see here on our website and in our printed magazine is a ToothTracker where we record the dates that each of our children’s teeth came in (here’s Fiona’s ToothTracker and here’s Colin’s). A few people have asked us how we keep track. Is it an app?
And the answer is no. There probably are apps out there that help you track when your children’s teeth come in, but we’ve never used them—perhaps because when we started this back in 2011 we didn’t have a smartphone that could download an app like that. At the same time, since this began in the printed version of our magazine, we had a very particular look we were going for so it would match the rest of the magazine. So we created our own diagram.*
Now we’re making that diagram available to you in two versions.
The version we use for the images on this website is in Adobe Illustrator format. You can download it at this link:
Each tooth, with the line and “date” text, is in its own layer. You can turn these layers off and on using the Layers panel. If a tooth hasn’t come in yet, we turn off that layer’s visibility so the tooth appears grayed out. The font in this version matches the sans serif font, Hypatia Sans, that we use in our magazine and it should be embedded in this file. If you have any issues using this file, let us know and we’ll try to troubleshoot or make corrections to the file.
If you don’t have Adobe Illustrator, we’ve created a new PDF version to download:
You can use this PDF version two ways:
- The PDF has editable form fields. You can type in your child’s name at the top and then fill in the date each tooth came in on the lines below. If you’re using Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader 8 or later, you can save what you type into these form fields.
- Print off a blank ToothTracker and fill it in by hand.
Problems? Ideas? Suggestions?
We hope you enjoy using these. If you have any problems with the files, please let us know. And if you have any ideas on how to improve them or thoughts on features you’d like to see in a tooth tracker, please pass them along.
* Note: We can’t claim that the drawing of teeth in the diagram is ours. We found it in a PDF online. We still have the original PDF, but it doesn’t identify the site it came from. We did a search for it and can’t locate it. But we do appreciate whoever created it.