(Always celebrated yearly on February 28 and August 22)
The Tooth Fairy is known as a collector of “baby” teeth. When children lose a “baby” tooth, the tradition in many households is for children to place it under their pillows at night, and while they sleep the Tooth Fairy comes to retrieve it, usually leaving behind a little prize (e.g. coins, notes, presents) in its place.
Tales of a mysterious figure who comes in the night to collect teeth dates back to the Middle Ages, and has been recognized across the world in different forms. In Spain and France, it is actually a friendly little mouse who comes to claim the teeth: Ratoncito Perez (Spain) or Le Petit Souris (France).
Throughout history, different cultures have held traditions about handling lost “baby” teeth tracing back hundreds of years that are believed to bring good luck. In Japan, a lost lower tooth is thrown straight up into the air while lost upper teeth are thrown straight down to the ground, because it is believed this will guide the permanent teeth to emerge in the desired orientation. Some Mongolian children may bury their teeth near trees so their permanent teeth will grow strong roots.
The Tooth Fairy is a symbol to celebrate the loss of “baby” teeth and welcome the emergence of new “adult” teeth as children grow up. She can also provide comfort to children for whom losing their teeth can be scary, by rewarding their courage. Encourage your child to keep their “baby” teeth healthy by brushing twice and flossing once daily, so when they lose their baby teeth they look nice, shiny, and healthy for the Tooth Fairy!
HAPPY NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY TO ALL OUR PATIENTS AT LEARY FAMILY DENTISTRY!