Origins of the Legend of the Tooth Fairy

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Like the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy is a symbol of childhood. The Tooth Fairy exists in many cultures and across many religions. But where did the Tooth Fairy come from? Dr. Laris Milligan, and our team are happy to share some fun facts about the Tooth Fairy’s origins.

The legend of the Tooth Fairy has changed over time. However, legends and myths surrounding losing baby teeth go back for centuries. Long ago in Europe, when a child lost a baby tooth, they were supposed to bury it. Tradition stated that this would save the child from hardships in the afterlife. The Vikings used children’s teeth to bring them good luck in battle.

There are many versions of the tooth deity. The legends in some countries involve a mouse entering children’s rooms and removing baby teeth. The mouse is the tooth deity in many cultures because rodents’ teeth continue to grow for their entire lives. In other cultures, the tooth deity varies to include beavers, dogs, cats, and squirrels.

Our Tooth Fairy was inspired by the legend of the mouse combined with legends from European fairy tales of a good fairy. In about 1927, a book made our current idea of the Tooth Fairy popular in America.

The Tooth Fairy can be a way to encourage dental health in your child. Consider telling him or her that the Tooth Fairy gives a larger reward for clean, healthy teeth. The legend of the Tooth Fairy and this kind of compensation makes oral hygiene easier for children. Please contact our dental office today to set up your child’s next visit with our dentist in Wilmington, North Carolina.