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The Tooth Fairy’s Origin Story

November 14, 2016

Think back on the days that you believed in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Do you remember the excitement the prospect of losing a baby tooth brought? Knowing that the Tooth Fairy was going to come to take the tooth and leave money, whether it was a dime, quarter, or dollar, is a highlight of childhood. Bringing the magic of the Tooth Fairy to life with your own children is a whole new, wonderful experience.

As the Tooth Fairy once again becomes a part of your life, you may wonder how the Tooth Fairy came to be. The Tooth Fairy evolved from ancient myths from around the world. Early European and Norse superstition stated that when a child lost a tooth, it should be buried to protect the child from hardships in the next life. In some areas in early times, it was believed that if a witch obtained a part of someone’s body, they could control them. Because of this, the disposal of baby teeth, and other body parts, was deemed as essential. Teeth were flung into the fire as soon as possible.

There are many versions of the tooth deity. In some countries, a mouse would enter children’s rooms and remove baby teeth. The mouse is the tooth deity in many cultures because rodents continue to grow their teeth for their entire lives. In other cultures, the tooth deity varies to include beavers, dogs, cats, and squirrels.

Our much beloved Tooth Fairy was inspired by the legend of the mouse and the myths of a good fairy that abound in European fairy tales. In the 1920s, a book introduced what is now the modern Tooth Fairy. The Tooth Fairy quickly gained popularity and became a part of most family traditions.

To learn more and to schedule your child’s next visit with our dentists in Harker Heights, TX, Drs. Shoptaw, Roden-Johnson, and Gregerson, we encourage you to contact Killeen Children’s Dental Center today.

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