Baby Tooth Fairy Traditions Around the World

The losing of baby teeth marks a child’s growing up and can cause excitement (or sometimes concern) for many children. To celebrate this event many cultures have a “tooth fairy” figure who collects a child’s lost teeth in exchange for gifts or money. In many parts of the world, including France, Spain and South America, the tooth fairy comes in the form of a mouse or rat who often leaves a small gift behind. Many Asian or African cultures throw, bury or hide baby teeth in various baby tooth rituals. In fact, the Tooth Fairy as we know her – a good fairy who leaves money under your pillow – only appeared in popular folklore around the turn of the century.
For more information about baby tooth traditions, see the free printable below sponsored by Delta Dental: Baby Tooth Traditions Around the World.

What form does the Tooth Fairy take?

It depends where you go — she can be a fairy, mouse, rat, sparrow, crow, rabbit or even a squirrel!

Baby Tooth Traditions Around the World 

What happens when you lose a baby tooth? From the Tooth Fairy to the Tooth Mouse, different cultures celebrate a variety of traditions. Find out what children do with their baby teeth all across the globe.

THROW YOUR TOOTH! |

In Parts of North Africa arid the Middle East, kids throw their tooth at the sun.

In many parts of the world, kids throw their tooth on the root and ask for a new one.

In some countries, only lower teeth go the roof and umber teeth qet buried in the ground or placed on or under the bed. In other countries, it’s the other way around!

Sometimes children throw their tooth on the roof as an erreriiiq to IIIOUSS or rut. who will take the tooth and make sure a strong, healthy tooth grows in its place.

SQUEAK FOR BABY TEETH 

In many countries, the Tooth Fairy is a mouse or rat! Known as Ratorlcito Pérel or Ratérl Miguelito in the Spanish-speaking world, the tooth mouse takes lost baby teeth and leaves a gift or money in exchange.

In parts of Eurasia. children leave their baby teeth in mouse holes.

A Some kids put their tooth in a glass of water before they go to sleep. As they sleep, a mouse comes, drinks the water. takes the tooth and leaves coins or candy.

BACK TO THE EARTH

In ltalian cultures, Children tie their teeth. In Turkey. the Dlace you bury your teeth will determine your future: To be a successful soccer player, you might bury your tooth in a soccer field.

Some kids throw their tooth into a field or river. In some cultures, children wrap their tooth in meat or bread and teed It to an animal, like a mouse or dog.

FAIRIES, CHARMS & CHICKENS

ln most of the English-speaking world, kids leave their tooth under their billow. The Tooth Fairy comes while they sleep and replaces the tooth with some money. In Denmark, she’s called Tandfeen .

Parents make unique iewelry out of baby teeth, like gold-plated earrings or charms for a necklace.

In West Africa, children get a chicken or rooster in exchange for a baby tooth.

WHAT YOU EAT IS WHAT YOUR TEETH ARE!!

According to the American Dental Association, what you eat is what your teeth are. To take care of teeth you need to consider what you eat, some foods such as sweets and candy only contributes to tooth decay. To determine what someone really eats, you should look at their mouth it will surely speak volumes and to prevent common gum disease such as gingivitis and periodontisis. Below are some of the foods that are healthy for your teeth:
Yogurt: High in calcium and proteins which both contributes to the health of your teeth. Yogurt has probiotics which is a beneficial bacteria used to protect your gums from harmful bacteria. Like fighting with then they get rid of bacteria that could cause cavities, when you opt to include yogurt in your diet the plain variety is the most suitable and appropriate one.

Cheese: If you love cheese then you are one of the lucky one, similar to yogurt they have a high pH which prevents tooth decay. Through chewing it cheese prevent a dry mouth by increasing the amount of saliva in your mouth, the calcium and protein quality in it strengthens the tooth enamel.

Leafy greens: Full of vitamins with fewer calories they include kales and spinach, these vegetables helps improve your oral health. The calcium quality in it helps build the teeth’s enamel; they offer other numerous health benefits which are treating gum diseases in pregnant women due to the folic acid and vitamin B.

Apple: Not only is it sweet, but it also has high fiber and water content. Apple prevents dry mouth by producing saliva which gets rid of bacteria and food particles, it helps prevent bad breath. Apple can be used to remove stains from your mouth after meal any meal consumption, not similar to brushing your teeth but it can replace it for a while until you get a chance to brush.

Carrot: Similar to apples, they are crunchy and have a high fiber and water content, increases the saliva content after every meal, not only does it contributes to strong bones and teeth, but it is also a great source of Vitamin A.

Celery: Full of fiber and water, it scrapes off food particles and bacteria from your mouth similar to a toothbrush. It has an excellent source of Vitamin A and C that keeps your gums and teeth healthy, to enjoy a lovely meal you can top it up with cream cheese.

Almonds: Good source of protein and calcium, it also strengthen your teeth and bones. It is good for the teeth because it is low in sugar, you can have it for lunch or mixed with some salad.

In a nutshell, not only should you take care of what you eat, but also consider what you are drinking too. Try to avoid drinks that has calories and sugar, hence water is the only best drink for you as compared to drinking soda or juice, to have that perfect smile that you have always longed way try to watch your diet.

Written by Paul J Ganjian, DDS, from Chemogan Pharmaceutical Research

Next Generation Dental provides such services as Full Dental Care and Nutritional Consultation. Craniosacral therapy, Nutrition consulting. You may contact Paul Ganjian at: pganjian@nxdental.con

It’s Never Too Late! Take advantage of implant dentistry

Dental Implants

It’s a sad fact, but most adults will lose a tooth at some time in their lives either to accident or disease. Removable dentures and fixed bridges are always available of course, but many patients are now choosing implants as a means of tooth replacement because of their stability and natural appearance.

Implant dentistry can be made simple


Advances in implant dentistry are making the choice easier for many patients. How does an implant work? An anchor, which has often been specially treated with a material that helps bone adhere to it, is placed into the jawbone. The anchor is then left alone for three to six months, allowing bone to grow around, ensuring it is permanently attached. An artificial tooth is then attached to the secured anchor. Implants are now providing a lifelike and secure alternative to natural teeth for thousands of patients. But you do need to be in good health, and be committed to a meticulous oral hygiene regimen and regular dental visits. Sometimes patients are concerned about what might seem to be a complicated procedure, however improved techniques have greatly simplified implant technology.
If you want to replace a tooth or removable appliance, please come in and talk to us. Implant dentistry can be made simple, and the majority of our patients can use artificial teeth easily with implants for support. And remember … there’s no age limit to looking good!