10 Facts About The Tooth Fairy!
I know I’ve written about the Tooth Fairy a lot lately but I’ve neglected to do a legitimate fact list. If you’d like more information on the tooth fairy, see the links below. I’m sure you’ll find something to interest you about the tooth fairy. Today I present to you, “Facts About The Tooth Fairy You Don’t Know – 10 Facts”
10 Tooth Fairy Facts!
1. Childrens teeth were destroyed to keep them away from witches!
In the Middle Ages, many people were concerned about witches casting a spell on them. It was believed that witches could gain power over you if they had something from your body, such as your hair, nail clippings, or teeth. So, it became the custom to bury or burn children’s lost teeth. This prevented a witch from gaining control of it.
2. People Wanted a rat To eat their teeth!
As discussed in The origins of the tooth fairy people would leave their childrens teeth in front of rat holes.
Because rodents were considered to have very strong teeth, if one ate your tooth it was seen as good luck and a way to get strong teeth yourself.
3. Vikings may have been the first to pay for childrens teeth!
For a viking a tooth necklace was a good luck charm in battle. Adult Vikings would pay children for their teeth when they fell out in an attempt to make a powerful good luck charm.
The tradition was common enough that it is even mentioned in the Eddas (early Norse writings dating from around 1200). These documents mention a “tand-fe,” which translates to “tooth fee.”
Eventually, the idea of paying children for teeth spread all across Europe.
4. The Original tooth fairy was a mouse!
As discussed in 18 most unusual tooth fairy traditions from around the world in France, Belgium, Morocco, and Switzerland, La Petite Souris (The Little Mouse) retrieves the tooth from beneath the pillow and leaves a coin.
In certain Spanish-speaking countries, the Tooth Mouse is called Ratoncito Perez, and children put their tooth in a cup of water that Ratoncito Perez drinks.
5. Many children throw their teeth when the lose them!
In Korea and Brazil, teeth are thrown onto roofs in the hope that a bird will come and take them away. The opposite belief is held by Nepali people who bury their teeth to ensure that birds do not take them.
6. Of course, The Tooth Fairy Ritual Involves the sun in Egypt!
In Egypt and Middle Eastern countries, children throw their teeth at the sun, asking for a sparkling white tooth in return.
7. The Pakistani Tooth Ritual involves a River!
Children in Pakistan throw their teeth in the river and wish for good luck, while research has indicated that the ritual can include throwing the tooth into the fire or between the legs.
8. In Finland the Tooth Fairy is a Tooth Troll!
Not exactly a benevolent Tooth Fairy, the Hammaspeikko is a troll in Finland that is lured by candy. If they find a child eating candy, they will drill holes in their teeth.
But it’s okay – brushing will scare them away.
It’s possible the troll was in the inspiration for the “Cavity Creeps,” creatures made of rock that were part of a marketing campaign by Crest toothpaste in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Cavity Creeps constantly tried to make holes in teeth but were always defeated by the Crest Team (heroes in Crest-themed jumpsuits).
9. Hiding The Tooth Under neath a pillow isn’t your only option!
In Colombia and South Africa, children might put their tooth in a slipper and in the Philippines, the tooth is left on the windowsill so that the Tooth Rat can easily pick it up before moving onto the next house.
10. Tooth Inflation is Steep!
In a Chicago Tribune article dated 1908, author Lillian Brown suggested that parents should put five cents under a child’s pillow as an incentive for them to have baby teeth pulled when necessary.
Today the going rate for a baby tooth is around $5.00.
Bonus Tooth Fairy Facts – How much Money does the Tooth Fairy spend on teeth a year.
Impossible to say for sure but according to one article in the dentist, in the UK alone the tooth fairy spends $53 Million each year on baby teeth.
I think that will be all I write about the Tooth Fairy for a while. Don’t forget to share “Facts About The Tooth Fairy You Don’t Know – 10 Facts” so everyone can learn about the Tooth Fairy ritual.