Like many other Americans, in your childhood you likely left your baby teeth under your pillow, expecting coins or gifts to be there in the morning, left by a mysterious, benevolent creature called “The Tooth Fairy”. Later on, you discovered it was your parents all along, but you still loved it. But how did this tradition come to be? And who is the tooth fairy, anyway?
Losing teeth has been the inspiration for myths for millennia. In Medieval Northern Europe, parents rewarded a child who lost their first tooth with tand-fé, meaning “tooth fee.” In Russia, Spain and some Asian countries, the tooth fairy was a mouse that would creep into rooms and quietly remove their teeth while children slept.
It’s hard to say when the tooth fairy custom itself came into being, but we do know that it’s a fairly modern practice. The earliest recognized written evidence of the tooth fairy myth only dates back to the beginning of the 20th century! A Chicago Tribune article from 1908 suggests leaving gifts from the tooth fairy for children who have their baby teeth pulled.
What is the tooth fairy’s appearance? Reports vary. Many picture her like Tinkerbell. Others say a bunny rabbit, a mouse, a pot-bellied man, a flying ballerina, or even – and Zonies-Holgado Dental Associates especially treasures this one – a dental hygienist!
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