What Does the Tooth Fairy Do With Your Teeth?

Isn't it funny?

You never know when it's going to happen.

One day you're just an ordinary parent, then 'poof', in the blink of an eye, you are now the Tooth Fairy. Overnight, you graduate into a position you have no real training for. Unfortunately, there is no "Tooth Fairy University".

So, what do you use for a 'how-to manual' when you find yourself suddenly thrust into this role?

Most of us rely on what we recall growing up and our own experience with the Tooth Fairy. Very few people seem to deviate from what they experienced themselves.

So, where did the Tooth Fairy take your teeth as a child?

How are you going to pass this tradition on to your kids?

The Tooth Fairy-Where does she take your teeth?
The Tooth Fairy-Where does she take your teeth?

My Tooth Fairy

When I was growing up in the 60s, my Tooth Fairy utilized little brown envelopes for each of my teeth as they came out. My parents had me write on the front of them myself. So, each one has my name, the date, the circumstances, and all in my own handwriting. This sealed envelope was then placed under my pillow at night. It reminds me of filling out a deposit slip, with the tooth as the deposit, and sliding it into the pneumatic tube hidden beneath my pillow. (Bet that's how the Jetson's would do it!) However, the next morning I would awaken to find the envelope gone and some money in it's place. The usual bounty back in my day was a $1.00.

When I got older and no longer believed in the Tooth Fairy, I was presented with the stack of little brown envelopes. It was fun to see my handwriting on each of them. However, it was a bit frustrating to have to break the seal to open them to see what the tooth looked like inside. I still have these half torn open envelopes each containing one tiny tooth.

My Own Stint as the Tooth Fairy

Over the years, I had heard stories of parents who hid their children's teeth only to have them found by the curious kids. Then it 'ruined' the surprise and they were forced to give some excuses making it uncomfortable for everyone. I wanted things to be different for my kids.

Once I became the Tooth Fairy, I devised a little different plan. First of all, I put their teeth in small clear plastic bags instead of the brown ones like I had. The kids then put the date on the outside of the bag and placed them under their pillow. The Tooth Fairy would come and leave $1.00 and put their tooth in their baby book in their closet. (You can just as easily make the location a jewelry box, box, etc.)

As soon as they woke up the next morning, they would first check for the money under their pillow and then run to their baby book. I told them that the Tooth Fairy left them in their baby book for good luck. This served several purposes. One, I didn't have to worry about them finding them, and more importantly, it gave me an opportunity to bestow some magic.

Tooth Fairy Magic
Tooth Fairy Magic

The Power of Magic

I don't know if you know it or not, but someone behaves differently when they believe they have been bestowed good luck. Nothing is more motivating to a child than to think they will be lucky in all they do for that day. That was far more precious than the $1.00 any day.

Of course, one doesn't have to limit this good luck just to days when a kid's tooth plops out. It was something I tried to sprinkle here and there, and still do. But my official stint as the Tooth Fairy is over, but I know the magic carries on and will be handed down to my grandchildren someday.

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Lgali 7 years ago

nice hub


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MellasViews 7 years ago from Earth

very cute


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks! Lgali and MellasViews!


Adam B 7 years ago

One I fell asleep with my head under my pillow, I woke up the next morning with now teeth (insert drum roll here)

Boooooooooo

Nice hub.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL @ Adam. Thanks for that and thanks for stopping by!


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

My daughter decided to "test the waters" by not telling us when she'd lost a tooth just to see what would happen. She would tell us the next morning that no one showed up to take her tooth and leave her money. Did it everytime. We thought quick, though and hid a dollar bill with a note somewhere in the house where we knew she would find it quickly. Toothfairy would write that she thought it was important for kids to keep their teeth for posterity, and she thought it would be fun to see if she could find it. The note always ended with a great congratulations on being smart enough to find it, and a huge boost of self-esteem.

You never know with kids.

Adam, THAT was funny!!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Way to go PM....you outsmarted her. That was an excellent way to handle it! Kids are crafty, we just have to be craftier. It makes us all better folks.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Cute stories! When I was growing up (and losing teeth) my family did not keep them (the teeth) but we always looked for the tooth fairy money under our pillows the next morning. Guess some things never change!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Peggy! It's a fun tradition.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

so what does one do with all those saved up baby teeth, make a necklace?

the tooth fairy takes the teeth and gives them to new babies!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL.....well, Dolores, the saved teeth just reside tucked away amongst the other baby things....first pair of shoes, special clothes, baby book, special toys, etc.

*gag* LOL The though of sticking someone else's teeth into new born babies! LOL It is a cute idea and so in line with the whole recycling theme. LOL

Thanks for stopping by!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Oh KCC, it makes me sad to think your Tooth Fairy days are over! You obviously enjoy that role! Maybe when your grandbabies start losing their baby teeth you can be involved.

I never thought about this question before. But I like all the suggestions (giving the teeth to new babies, not so much:-). MM


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I do miss it MM....but yes, I have the grandbabies to look forward to someday. Thanks for stopping by!


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

What a cool mom. neat ideas too thanks I'll share this with my adult kids


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

When I was in Korea, I found out that they have a very different tooth fairy tradition to us. When a tooth falls out, they throw it on the roof to bring their children luck, and then give their kids money.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks CC! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Thanks cindyvine for sharing that! How odd, huh? So, that means that teeth end up in the yard. LOL


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Excellent strategies, and what fun to have them all saved. My mom saved a lock of my hair from when I was one year old tied with a dainty pink ribbon in my baby book. (such a pale blonde I was). I always tought it was quite a special connection to my babyhood.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

You see, I think I'm a closet paranoid schizophrenic, as I have this fear of leaving teeth, nail clippings and locks of hair around, in case someone evil gets hold of it and uses it to put a curse on me. I'm being serious here. I'll never throw nail clippings in a bin, always flush them down the toilet. I think it goes back to a horror movie I watched as a child


Whikat 7 years ago

I enjoyed your hub KCC Big Country, My oldest daughter just lost her tooth two weeks ago, unfortunately it fell out, and we could not find it. We wrote a note to the tooth fairy explaining what had happened, and that we accidentally lost it. My daughter seemed to enjoy writing the note and was excited when the tooth fairy still came even though we did not have the tooth.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I think that's cool, Rochelle! I saved a bit of hair from my kids' first haircuts. Thanks for sharing! It is a great connection to one's childhood!

Cindyvine....sounds like good hub material to me! Write about it! I'd be very interested in hearing more about this movie and it's life-long affects on you!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Whikat, that's a cute way to save the day! Did you save the note?


Whikat 7 years ago

Hey KCC Big Country,

Yes we did. I can not wait for her to find it when she gets older in her baby book. I am hoping the next one will not fall out unexpectedly though.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

She'll surely enjoy that someday, Whikat. Although, if she enjoyed the note writing, she might 'accidently' lose the next one too. :)


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Well, we did it for you. Congrats my dear.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

You did indeed CC...I can't thank you and the others enough! I truly appreciate it! *muah*


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compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

Very cute story:)


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Awwww...thank you, compu-smart!


katie 7 years ago

i beleive in the tooth fairie sure i am 8 but i will always!


dayna 7 years ago

it is cool


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by, Katie & Dayna!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

I loved this hub... beautifully written. Oh, I wish I'd done this too, and not have had to worry about hiding those letters, which I have to keep in all kinds of strange places now to keep them from being discovered! Really enjoyed reading this... and I too wish the 'magic carries on' in every child's life...


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Glad you enjoyed this hub MyOwnWorld. You gotta love the magic! Thanks for stopping by!


ricardo 6 years ago

funny


princess 6 years ago

iloost 2 teeth i one day


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Congrats Princess! That should get you a good chunk of change! :)


Elf Stacy 6 years ago

Very cute! That's sweet that she puts the teeth in the baby book for them. I have been telling my kids that she places them in the night sky as stars. My husband has hidden them so well I don't even know where they are, but I trust he is taking good care of them. :)


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Elf Stacy! I like the star idea. That's cute.


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salt 5 years ago from australia

That's beautiful.


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you, Salt!


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camlo 5 years ago from Cologne, Germany

Hi KCC!

A very entertaining Hub. Your 'stint as a tooth fairy' - that made me laugh.

I was always left a sixpence (the old British currency), but have no idea what happened to the teeth. I remember asking what the fairies do with the teeth, but nobody seemed to be able to answer.

Nice the way you made you children believe they would have good luck. That always helps.

Enjoyed the read!

All the best, Camlo


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you so much, Camlo! Sure good to see ya!

Spreading a little good luck never hurt anyone. :)

I wonder what your parents actually did with your teeth?


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lisa42 5 years ago from Sacramento

You may not have had any training to become The Tooth Fairy, but it sounds like you did a great job. Our Tooth Fairy has been known to accidentally fly by the house at night (probably because she already had a large load of teeth and couldn't carry one more) and had to return the next night. And she's never been clever enough to put the teeth in a baby book or let the kids know they'd have good luck all day long. Sounds like your Tooth Fairy was a winner!


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks, Lisa42. It's a role I miss! Time for my daughter to get married and get me some grandkids! :)


TITUS 4 years ago

THANK YOU VEY MUCH , BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER TOOTH CAN OUT AND I DID NOT NO HOW TO RELL HER WHERE HER TOOTH WENT AFTER I THOUGHT I WAS GIVING HER $10 FOR HER TOOTH WHEN I THOUGHTB IT WAS A $5 BILL . SO I TOID MY WIFE , I NEED TO CALL THE TOOTH FAIRY BACK TO BRING ME SOME CHANGE... LOL.. MY DAUGHTER DID NOT HEAR THA PART

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