The Legend of the Tooth Fairy

Published:January 12th, 2012

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It may seem as though the tooth fairy has been around for ages but she is actually a fairly modern creation in the form we know her in. She initially took this form in the early part of the 1900’s. In different parts of the world, the tooth fairy is totally different. The modern tooth fairy seems to have drawn on some old rituals from all over the world.


Witches are believed, in many Western cultures to use anything personal that they could in their spells and their curses. This includes teeth. In the past, people used to bury the child’s lost teeth in order to stop the local witches from using them to create spells.

Offering up of Teeth

Later on, as people grew less afraid of witches, the tradition of burying the lost teeth endured. People began to believe that, in burying lost teeth, they were creating the basis for strong new teeth. As strange as it may now seem, this is the reason we now “bury” the lost teeth under the pillow.

There are Fairy Tails

Some people believe that the tooth fairy legend evolved from a story about a mice who gave children small gifts in exchange for their teeth. In Spain and in France, stories of the “tooth mouse” abound, although in different incarnations.

A Rite of Passage

When it came to the West, the “tooth mouse” became a tooth fairy and this fairy is generally viewed as a kind one that takes teeth and leaves cash in their place. No one has yet determined why the tooth fairy wants teeth but we are all happy to take the money. There is no way around the fact that losing your baby teeth is an important rite of passage everywhere. It is seen as a sign that you are growing up.

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