3 Ideas to Keep the Tooth Fairy Alive in Your Home

tooth fairyWhen your child’s first tooth is loose, you begin thinking of the Tooth Fairy and how she will now play into your life. The Tooth Fairy can be as involved or uninvolved as you would like, and can create fun, lasting memories for your family. Here, we will explain the origin of The Tooth Fairy, the going rate for teeth, and cute ideas you can use.

How Did the Tooth Fairy Start?

The Tooth Fairy we know today is believed to be a modification on ancient tooth disposal rituals. In some cultures it was believed that witches could cast a spell on children through the use of their discarded teeth, hair, and fingernail clippings. To avoid a curse, children would dispose of their teeth by burying, burning, tossing, and hiding them in secret locations. In some cultures, they even fed their teeth to rats or mice, according to FountainViewSmiles.com.

In the 1900's, the Tooth Fairy – as we know her – begin to take shape. Esther Watkins Arnold wrote a play about the fable in 1927, and a book by Lee Rogow followed in 1949. After the 1950's, the popularity grew and became commercialized with boxes, pillows, and dolls.

The Going Rate for Teeth

How much money the Tooth Fairy gives in exchange for teeth can be a major question for parents. While in the 1970's the going rate for a tooth was a dime, it rose sharply to almost $1.50 in the 1990's and has increased ever since.

In the 70s, the going rate for a tooth was a dime. Now, the average price per tooth is about $2.10!

According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, a survey of 100,000 randomly selected Delta Dental subscribers since 1998, the average price for a tooth now is $2.10!

What you give your child for a tooth is totally up to you. Some parents give more money for a first tooth than subsequent teeth, while others keep the rate similar for all teeth.

3 Fun Ideas

Making the Tooth Fairy fun can be a great experience for your family. Here are some ideas:

  • Have special Tooth Fairy stationary.
    No one wants his or her kids to catch on that the Tooth Fairy is “you” because you use the same notepad you write your groceries on to write Tooth Fairy notes. Buy special Tooth Fairy stationary and keep it in a safe (hidden) place.
  • Decorate the money.
    What could be more fun than a glitter-filled, glow-in-the-dark dollar bill?
  • Create a tooth scrapbook.
    Keep all of the notes that the Tooth Fairy writes and place them in a book with a picture of your child. Once the Tooth Fairy has been found out, you can add any notes your child wrote to the fairy in return. 

There are countless ideas to make the Tooth Fairy a special person within your home. Have fun, and don't forget to capture these moments as often as you can.

{ MORE: Your Child’s First Loose Tooth }

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3 comments

  1. LIZ says:

    i love this, i want to play with my baby, make all scenario for her its gonna be interesting

  2. mommy nhoj says:

    I never had tooth fairy when I was a kid. Might be difficult to practice with my little one. :p

  3. Shericial says:

    Even though the tooth fairy has run it’s course with my oldest two children (11 & 15), my 6 y.o. is on tooth her 4th tooth coming out (just pulled it yesterday 9/22/13) and has another that is beginning to loosen. So these are some very nice ideas that I can do with her as well as my youngest when he gets of age! Thanks!

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