The legend of the Tooth Fairy makes its way into more than 80% of American family households. In the same way that Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny are iconic symbols of childhood, most adults now look back on the tooth fairy with fond memories. The longstanding tradition of the tooth fairy is one where children receive money and learn the importance of dental care, but there has to be more to it than that, right? Below we answer 7 of the most popular Tooth Fairy questions.
What’s the Tooth Fairy’s Origin Story?
The disposal of baby teeth has been ritualized by various cultures for centuries. The first resemblance of this tradition dates back to 17th century Europe, when parents believed that planting their child’s teeth would prompt the growth of adult teeth. This original iteration of the tooth fairy was in the form of a small mouse who would exchange presents for baby teeth under the child’s pillow. Later, both the French and Italian cultures took this tale and altered the mouse to be a tiny flying fairy. Eventually, this story made its way over to the United States and became a staple of the culture.
What Does the Tooth Fairy Look Like?
Surprisingly, the tooth fairy has not been associated with an exact look. Many renditions of the tooth fairy exists in pop culture, although all versions seem to have sparkly wings. Out of the hundreds of films that have depicted the tooth fairy, some of the most popular ones are:
- The Tooth Fairy: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays a hockey player who turns into the tooth fairy overnight. This version displays the tooth fairy as an incredibly strong man with wings and a wand.
- Rise of the Guardians: This film depicts the tooth fairy, as well as other legendary creatures, as superheroes. The tooth fairy in particular appears as a somewhat birdlike creature.
- Toothless: Kristie Alley plays a dentist who becomes the next tooth fairy. This family friendly movie depicts the tooth fairy as a mere human.
- Darkness Falls: A horror film that utilizes the tooth fairy for scares. Not for kids!
How Does the Tooth Fairy Grab Your Tooth?
The tooth fairy is specifically trained in the art of covertly extracting teeth from under your pillow. Whether faced with barking dogs, high tech alarms, suspicious homeowners, or a sleeping child, the tooth fairy has hundreds-of-years of training when it comes to this particular covert operation. Additionally, the tooth fairy can create money with their magic wand, so don’t be surprised to see some leftover fairy dust on the cash under your pillow!
What Does the Tooth Fairy Do With the Teeth?
The tooth fairy actually uses the cleanest teeth they collect to continue building their huge, white, sparkling castle. Although, the tooth fairy has extremely high standards, so they’ll throw all the unkept dark teeth down into the pits of a big cave, where they are later ground into fairy dust. If a child begins to wake up during an important covert mission, the tooth fairy will put them back to sleep with just a pinch of fairy dust.
Is the Tooth Fairy Real?
Being the most obvious answer on this list, some people still need more convincing, because of course the tooth fairy is real!
How Much Money Does the Tooth Fairy Give Per Tooth?
According to a recent 2023 poll, the average child receives about $6.23 per tooth. The average price per tooth varies when the tooth fairy realizes they have given out too much money on a given night, which, if left unmonitored, could lead to widespread inflation or a worldwide economic collapse! The tooth fairy collects around 300,000 teeth every night, so cut them a little slack next time they don’t leave behind as much money as you would’ve hoped.
What Can You Do to Help the Tooth Fairy?
Want to hear a secret? The tooth fairy is known to leave more money to those who have sparkling clean teeth! This is due to the fact that the tooth fairy uses these teeth to continue building their sparkling expansive tooth castle. Flossing every day is one of the absolute best ways to maintain oral health, as well as gain more money from the tooth fairy. Flossing is the only way to remove plaque from between your teeth, flossing regularly also helps keep tartar out of hard-to-reach places. GumChucks’ design ensures a flossing experience that’s faster, easier, and more effective than competing flossers or traditional floss. Our two handles with disposable floss allow you to comfortably reach all your teeth, even those in the back while wrapping the floss around each tooth. This creates the vital “C-Shape” necessary to get below the gum line and effectively clean each tooth.
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