The legend of the tooth fairy

tooth fairyEvery single recorded human culture has some kind of tradition for the disposal of baby teeth. The story of the Tooth Fairy dates back to 13th Century Norse traditions, when it became a tradition for a ‘tooth fee’ to be given to a child when they lost their first baby tooth. Various cultures since that time advise throwing baby teeth into the sun, into fire, between the legs, onto or over the roof of the house; placing it in a mouse hole or burying or hiding it. During the 1950s and in the Disney spirit, Americans conjured up a benevolent fairy who rewards baby teeth with money.

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Important notes

  • February 27 is National Tooth Fairy Day
  • The going rate for a lost tooth is $3.70 USD or about $5 CDN