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February 28th: National Tooth Fairy Day!


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I don’t know about you but the toothfairy is currently visiting our house quite regularly, as my 7 year old is starting to lose her primary dentition. But who is the toothfairy? Where did the idea of the toothfairy come from and how do other countries and cultures celebrate this tradition?

The tooth fairy is a beloved mythical character in many cultures around the world, often associated with the tradition of children leaving a lost tooth under their pillow in exchange for a small gift or money. While the tooth fairy may vary in appearance and customs from country to country, the underlying message of celebrating this important milestone in a child’s life remains universal.

Over time, this tradition evolved, and the idea of a mythical being known as the Tooth Fairy emerged. The modern Tooth Fairy as we know her today, a benevolent fairy who exchanges lost baby teeth for money or small gifts, is believed to have become popular in the United States in the early 20th century.

The Tooth Fairy has since become a beloved and magical figure in many cultures around the world. In different countries, the Tooth Fairy may take on various forms or traditions. For example, in some parts of Italy, children put their baby teeth under their pillow and wait for a mouse called Topolino to exchange them for money or sweets.

Overall, the Tooth Fairy symbolizes a rite of passage for children as they lose their baby teeth and enter into adulthood. The tradition of the Tooth Fairy not only adds a sense of magic and wonder to a child’s experience but also helps make the process of losing teeth a more positive and exciting milestone.

In the UK and the USA, the tooth fairy is a popular figure who visits children when they lose a tooth. Children place their lost tooth under their pillow before going to bed, and the tooth fairy takes the tooth and leaves a small gift or money in its place. This tradition is a fun and magical way for children to mark the occasion of losing a tooth and helps make the experience less scary or intimidating.

In countries like Spain and Mexico, children also have their own unique tooth-related traditions. In Spain, children place their lost tooth under their pillow and await the arrival of Ratoncito Pérez, a little mouse who collects the tooth and leaves a small gift. In Mexico, a similar tradition exists with El Ratón de los Dientes, a mouse who exchanges teeth for coins or small toys.

In other parts of the world, such as France, children may place their lost tooth in a glass of water before going to bed. The tooth fairy, known as La Petite Souris, will then visit during the night to collect the tooth and leave a small gift or money in its place. Some cultures, like in China and Korea, have traditional customs surrounding lost teeth that involve burying the tooth to promote the growth of a healthy adult tooth.

The tooth fairy is a symbolic and whimsical character that brings joy and excitement to children as they experience the natural process of losing baby teeth and growing in permanent teeth. Regardless of the specific traditions or customs associated with the tooth fairy around the world, the essence of the tooth fairy represents a celebration of growth and change in a child’s life. It serves as a reminder of the importance of oral hygiene and the value of taking care of one’s teeth from a young age.

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