The History of The Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dentistry Palo Alto
You’ve heard of Christmas spirit, and maybe even the luck of the Irish, but have you heard about the history of the Tooth Fairy?
Legend has it, the tooth fairy character developed after early European traditions of burying lost teeth in the hopes it would bring good luck that permanent teeth would grow. After the sixth tooth was lost, a coin was left for that person. Vikings sometimes brought their children’s teeth into battle as luck charms, and in America, the tooth fairy is often depicted as a delicate, winged creature – but the Tooth fairy’s character varies across cultures. Many European countries show the fairy as an animal, like a mouse or a bear, and in some countries, even as a dragon!
The legend of the Tooth fairy has been spreading in America since 1927 when a play, “The Tooth fairy,” came out. In 1947, the first book with that title was published, and today, children across the country recognize the Tooth fairy as frequently as they do the Easter bunny or Santa Clause.
Many believe that the Tooth fairy caught on with so many families, because the idea helped ease children’s fears about losing teeth. Children might find a sense of comfort in knowing that losing their teeth is common, and even rewarded, as a “right of passage,” into becoming a big kid! In this respect, losing teeth becomes exciting rather than scary for children.
Do you remember any Tooth fairy traditions from your childhood? Even if you don’t you can start new traditions with your little ones, and remind them that the Fairy loves clean teeth!
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