The Tooth Fairy is known throughout the world and has been around for many years. A magical creature that takes children’s teeth, no one knows precisely what the Tooth Fairy looks like. After all, she is a magical fairy and can avoid being seen. Children throughout the world, however, have had ideas of what the fairy might be like. Here are some of the ways children have pictured the tooth fairy.
The Beginnings of the Tooth Fairy
From the earliest days of the fairy’s activities, people have believed that the Tooth Fairy is a good fairy. Long ago, children in Europe believed that the Tooth Fairy was using their fallen-out teeth for good, although they didn’t know exactly what the fairy did with them or what she looked like. Children in Russia, China and other Asian countries initially guessed that the fairy looked like a mouse, and the idea quickly caught on. Children in Greece, Spain and South Africa began to think of the Tooth Fairy as a mouse too.
In ancient times, before there was a kid's dentist who knew where teeth came from, a mouse-like fairy made sense. Mice, like all rodents, never lose their teeth. In fact, their teeth grow throughout their entire life. People didn’t know how mice grew their teeth, and they thought a mouse-like fairy might take children’s fallen-out teeth and give them to mice so they could grow their teeth. Children didn’t mind giving their lost teeth to a fairy that helped mice because the fairy often left candies as a thank-you present.
The Modern Tooth Fairy
We still don’t know much about the Tooth Fairy. Pediatric dentists don’t think the Tooth Fairy is giving teeth to mice, though, because we now know how mice grow their teeth. This still leaves the question of what the Tooth Fairy does with the teeth she collects, and what the Tooth Fairy looks like.
Here are some guesses as to what the tooth fairy does with all those teeth, since we know she's not using them to help mice grow their teeth:
- Builds a castle in the sky with them
- Throws them away for us
- Uses them for money in tooth fairy land
- Turns them into gas for her car
- Feeds them to her horse as treats
- Plants them in her garden and grows new children
- Makes them into fairy dust so she can fly
We don’t know for sure, but we are still happy to leave lost teeth for the Tooth Fairy — especially since she often leaves money instead of candy now.
We’d Love to Hear Your Ideas
If you have an idea about what the Tooth Fairy does with all those baby teeth, we at Wright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry would love to hear it! Let a pediatric dentist at our office know what you think about the Tooth Fairy, and we'll share what other children have told us. To schedule a time to talk about the Tooth Fairy, and get your child's teeth cleaned, get in touch with our office. We are currently accepting new patients.