National Tooth Fairy day is almost here. on November 28th the world of the tooth fairy will be open for all to see, and children far and wide will get to learn a little bit more about their little floating friend. But where did the Tooth Fairy start?
We consulted with Toothfairy.org, and they had this to say about the origins of the Tooth Fairy:
“For hundreds of years, mystical legends, stories, and traditions have been shared about the loss of baby teeth. In some cultures, children’s teeth were buried in order to hide them from witches and evil spirits who would use the tooth’s powers for voodoo. The Vikings believed that children’s teeth had a magical power in them that would help them fight in battle. They would even pay their children for their lost baby teeth so that they could be used to string onto battle necklaces and other jewelry.
Over time, people began to share stories about a Tooth Mouse who would scamper around town and steal children’s teeth in the middle of the night. This story of the mouse soon transformed into the story of the Tooth Fairy, who would leave treasures under the children’s pillows in exchange for their lost teeth.”
Toothfairy.org is an excellent resource to use for all things tooth Fairy related, with activities, stories, and even a place to write letters and hear back from the “real” tooth fairy!
How to celebrate at home
Let your kid(s) know that Tooth Fairy day is coming, and the tooth fairy will be leaving presents when they come home from school! Make a little gift baggy with color pages, puzzles, sugar-free gum, toothbrush/paste, floss, sticker, the list is endless! You don’t want to take their whole day up with the activities, but you do want to use this time to remind them of how important it is to take care of their teeth.
Don’t be afraid to give them a small candy and share with them the importance of a controlled diet. Let them know that a little sugar isn’t going to instantly ruin their teeth, but too much of it will do damage over the long term.
Let your kids have fun with tooth fairy day! Coloring, scavenger hunts, whatever you decide, just remember that it’s ultimately a teaching tool for the upcoming generation. If you have a little one that needs a grown up tooth doctor, then reach out to us here at Hospital Dental Group, where our family friendly staff is excellent at helping kids feel relaxed and have fun during their visit.