Although many countries around the world have unique traditions to mark the loss of a child’s baby teeth, the tooth fairy is an American creation which is quite recent compared to other beloved holiday characters. The first known reference to the tooth fairy was in a 1908 “Household Hints” item in the Chicago Daily Tribune where it was suggested that children might be less reluctant to remove wiggly teeth if they knew the tooth fairy would visit at night and exchange it for a gift.
Cold cash or creativity?
The 2017 going rate for baby teeth is all over the board with some parents paying a dollar, five dollars, or whatever they happen to have in their wallets when they suddenly realize that something needs to go under the pillow, and fast! More recently, the emphasis has turned away from the amount of money to the creative presentation and fanfare of the event.
For the creatively competitive parent, it is no longer sufficient to wrap Junior’s bicuspid in a square of tissue and slide it under the pillow. There are miniature “fairy doors” that can be installed to allow magical entry to the child’s room. Then, you must decide among the myriad of storage options now available to cradle the precious cargo until it is retrieved. Choose from a range of personalized pillows, boxes, tins, door hangers or pouches that can be purchased or made. Once the fairy door has been installed and the receptacle has been selected, you must decide the method and amount of payment. Here are some creative ideas:
If you have any questions or concerns about the care and development of your child’s teeth, contact us today. At Town & Country Dental, we have the experience and skills to serve the dental needs of the whole family.
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