How to be the Tooth Fairy

 

How to Be the Tooth Fairy
If you don’t want to have your childhood belief in the tooth fairy destroyed, you may want to skip ahead a few paragraphs. While there are plenty of movies, books and stories about tooth fairies, where they came from and what they do, the original story is much less sparkly. According to historical records, the first text mention of any tooth fairy was in 1927, in an eight-page playlet by Esther Watkins Arnold. However, the tooth fairy isn’t unique to the United States or even North America – the legend of the tooth fairy encompasses the entire globe.  lost-tooth
In countries like Russia, New Zealand and Mexico, traditions include “sacrificing” the lost tooth to a mouse or rat. The idea behind this sacrifice is that it will allow the child’s teeth to grow in as strong as a rodent’s. Gross!

If you are dealing with your child’s first lost tooth, he or she is likely to have a few questions. To make the experience more fun, you can be your child’s tooth fairy. Here are some things you should consider before that first tooth falls out:
What does the tooth fairy do with the teeth?

If you aren’t prepared for this question, you may resort to the old “the tooth fairy takes the teeth to babies who need them” line.  Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 dentists agree that the idea of sharing teeth with other babies is, at best, unhygienic.
There are several cute options you can use like, “the fairies are taking them to a special lab to study ways to make teeth stronger” or “the fairies collect the teeth to keep happiness in the world by storing children’s happiest memories.” If all else fails, you could say the tooth fairy uses the teeth to make homes and streets in tooth fairy land.
If you prefer a less fantasy-like version, you could explain to your child that the teeth are taken away as a ceremony to represent them growing up and getting bigger.

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Don’t let the cuteness fool you, she throws a mean right hook.

How does the tooth fairy claim the teeth? 

If you’ve ever tried to jam your hand under a child’s pillow while they are sleeping, you know it’s nearly impossible to escape without losing a limb (or your own tooth, when your child rolls over and elbows you in the face!) If your child has already seen tooth fairy movies, you may be out of luck, but, you may be able to convince them to put their tooth in a cute tooth fairy pillow. Children who are scared of the tooth fairy, or parents who have no desire to risk life and limb extracting a tooth from beneath a sleeping child, will find these a much more convenient and attractive option. The soft pillows hang from the bed frame or door and have a pocket where the tooth/money can be stored. You may also want to consider a handmade tooth fairy dish.
How much will you give your child for their teeth?

Apparently, the days of getting a quarter for a tooth are over. According to a survey conducted by Visa, kids are getting almost $4 a tooth! And, this number has increased about 45 percent since 2012. For most parents this is a tad excessive, and don’t forget children have 20 baby teeth.
You should choose a number that is most comfortable for your family. A dollar per tooth is usually enough to satisfy kids and help them build up a small savings.  
What do you do with the teeth?
For some families the idea of storing teeth can be a bit creepy. But, traditionally families used to keep the first lock of hair and the first tooth. There are a lot of options for really nice sets that include a container for a curl of hair and the tooth. If you choose the right set, they can even be used as decorative pieces in a nursery or small child’s room.

Author Bio: Preston Davis is a first time dad, blogger and DIY extraordinaire. Master of the grill and all things culinary, he currently lives in Southern California with his wife and their 2-year-old daughter.  Follow him on Twitter to see what he’s up to: @withPreston.

 

Comments

  1. Elva Roberts says

    This post about the tooth fairy and its history is very interesting. I agree the price per tooth has greatly increased over the years. Years ago, a child was lucky enough to get a dime-but then, times were harder and there were larger families. Thank you for suh an interesting post.

  2. Sometimes the tooth fairy costs a fortune. But the magic is awesome!

  3. Such great timing. My 2nd son lost his 5th tooth last night, and I didn't remember until early this morning and ran around the house trying to find money. I luckily took the tooth away. He didn't find money and was upset. I sent him out for a min, put in the money, and told him to look again.
    Too much work!!

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    a great post, thank you. Two of my grandchildren have each just lost their first baby tooth and very excited they were about it too. I think a Loonie for a tooth is just fine, more is not necessary. I have 7 children and they were lucky to get a quarter when ever they lost a tooth – mind you that is a good few years back now 🙂

  5. Lynda Cook says

    I loved being the toothfairy, my girls were so happy in the morning when they woke up

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