Many countries around the world have unique traditions to mark the loss of a child's baby teeth. The tooth fairy legend is known to have originated in the United States in the early 1900s. Tooth fairies all leave behind a gift when they collect a tooth.

Tips for Being the Tooth Fairy

  • Tooth fairy notes – reinforcing the importance of dental care routines by using hand written notes from the tooth fairy is a fun way to remind kids to brush and floss. There are many printable receipts and notecards from the tooth fairy online as well!
  • Tooth fairy pillows – think about getting or making a special tooth pillow with a pocket for the tooth. Now the “tooth fairy” will know where to find it!
  • Consider skipping the cash – while an 8- or 9-year-old may be excited about money, a younger child will probably not understand the value of money and might be happier with a special treat.


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