Time for Some Mystery: Tooth Fairy & Tooth Mouse

tooth fairyIt can be exciting or very traumatic for small children when they start losing their baby teeth. Sometimes the tooth is loose enough that it will fall off very easily, but in some cases it could cause some pain and slight bleeding too. To help ease the worries of their small children and to make the event more exciting for them, parents have associated certain traditions and customs with losing teeth. In English speaking countries, the mystical character of the Tooth Fairy is widely known. But in other nations, across the world, people have their own version of tales and traditions associated with this event so that parents can make the event less dreadful for their children.

Note – The customs and traditions vary widely in different countries. If you could share some additional information about the ones followed in your country, you are most welcome.

Mystical Character – The Tooth Fairy

Placing the lost tooth underneath the pillow is a tradition which is followed in countries like Canada, United States and England. According to the fairy tale, the tooth fairies visit the children at night, purchase the tooth for some coins and use the teeth to build all kinds of things in their fairy land.

The British people are very much familiar with this mythological character, The Tooth Fairy. The concept of this bedtime visitor or tooth collecting mythological character has been around for several centuries. It was in the year 1949, Lee Rogow published the story version as “The Tooth Fairy”.  The tooth collecting fairy is very popular among small children in various other countries such as Australia, Norway, Germany, Ireland, America, Demark and Canada.

It is not that that tooth fairy buys the tooth in exchange for money alone. Sometimes children can also expect to find small toys or other gift items.

Mystical Character – Tooth Mouse

In some countries like Mexico, Guatemala and other Spanish speaking cultures, the fairy that collects teeth is actually a mouse.  A fairy mouse to be precise. Raton Perez, the mystical mouse fairy which Mexican people believe in, actually leaves a few coins in exchange for the tooth which the small children leave under their pillow. In Spain, the mystical mouse fairy is called by the name Ratoncito Perez or Raton de los Dientes.

La Petite Souris, or the little mouse is the fairy tale character which small children of France are familiar with. This tooth mouse leaves small toys and gifts in exchange for the tooth. The White Fairy Mouse which the Scottish people believe in leaves coins in exchange for tooth.

The mystical character, the Tooth Mouse, was known to have existed even before the Tooth Fairy. There has been a mention of this mythological character in the 17th century French story book “La Bonne Petite Souris”. This fairy tale is all about a fairy mouse that takes on an evil king and defeats him. According to this Good Little Mouse story, the mouse knocks down the teeth of the evil king while he is sleeping at night time.

As decades passed by, a new version of the sweet, money bearing mouse developed. Here the mouse would creep in at night time and leave a coin in exchange for the tooth placed under the pillow. France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, Mexico, Morocco, Argentina, Algeria and Venezuela are some of the nations where tooth mouse is very popular.

An Unforgettable Visit From The Tooth Fairy

tooth fairyWhen your child loses their first tooth it’s a big deal; and most children know that not only does this mean they are a big kid, but that they will be getting a visit from the tooth fairy. Children are excited to put their first tooth under their pillow to wake up in the morning and find money or a prize in its place.  As a parent, you want to make this first time event in your child’s life as special as possible. Here are some creative ideas that will make your child’s first visit from the tooth fairy unforgettable.

A certificate or letter – Having an official certificate is a cute way to honor your child for their first lost tooth and visit from the tooth fairy.  You can find many ideas and materials online to try out.  Things like receipts, certificates and letters from the tooth fairy on miniature paper so it looks just like it was sent from her are so fun for kids.

A treasure hunt – Instead of your child waking up to a reward under their pillow, have the tooth fairy send them on a treasure hunt for their treasure. Leave clues under their pillow and around the house until they find some gold coins or a fun present at the end.  Add in some fairy dust for a magical finish.

A glass of water – A fun alternative to putting the tooth under your child’s pillow is to have them leave it in the bottom of a big glass of water.  In the morning they can see that the tooth fairy jumped in to get their tooth because of the magic dust (glitter) and coins left behind.

Tooth fairy basket – The tooth fairy may want to copy off the Easter bunny and bring a basket full of goodies in exchange for your child’s first tooth.  But instead of chocolate eggs and other goodies, the basket should be full of healthy snacks, books, money, or even a new toothbrush.  Include a hand written letter (on miniature paper, of course) from the tooth fairy.

Make a tooth fairy door – You can find supplies for miniature doll houses and create a whimsical door for the tooth fairy to enter through.  It’s a simple way to keep the magic of the tooth fairy alive.

Whatever you choose to make your child’s first lost tooth unforgettable, also don’t forget to talk with them about good oral hygiene habits and help get them excited about keeping their permanent teeth clean and healthy.

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Tooth Fairy Traditions and Ideas

Do you love to make every milestone in your child’s life extra special and a memory you will never forget? girl with broken toothStephanie Lynn’s blog, By Stephanie Lynn, features 10 Tooth Fairy Traditions and Ideas.  You can find ideas such as a tooth fairy kit that contains a Certificate of Record for filing with your local Tooth Fairy.  How cute is that? What about a cute pillow, pouch or box to store the lost tooth?  My personal favorite is fairy dust to dust on the money that the tooth fairy leaves for your child.

If you want some cute, fun ideas for you’re child’s lost teeth, check out Stephanie’s blog here: 10 Tooth Fairy Traditions and Ideas – Tuesday {ten} – bystephanielynn.

Tooth Fairy Inflation

18020313-boy-in-the-natureIf you have kids, you may or may not have had to deal with the tooth fairy yet. If you have, you may have noticed that there has been a bit of inflation since you were a kid.  A new survey has shown that kids are getting on average $3.70 per lost tooth from the tooth fairy nowadays. The reason? Parents don’t want their kids to be the one that got a quarter while other kids are getting almost $4.00. They don’t want their kids to feel like their tooth is worth less.

So how much should you give your child?  You can ask around and get an idea of how much the tooth fairy is paying in your area.  But you should do what works best for you and your family. Read the full article from NY Daily News here: Tooth Fairy inflation: Price of a tooth nears $4   – NY Daily News.