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Who is the Tooth Fairy?

Updated on July 19, 2012

Top Four Questions about the Tooth Fairy

  • Who is the tooth fairy?
  • How much money do you get from the tooth fairy?
  • What if the tooth fairy forgets to come?
  • How do you let the tooth fairy know to keep or leave your teeth?

Read on to find out what our kids think!

It makes me wonder, every time a tooth falls out, does the tooth fairy’s telephone ring?

We have five little kids and the tooth fairy is getting frequent flyer miles to our house. I am the family tooth puller. For this reason, I kid, “Let the loose teeth children come to me!” Three of our children have had teeth pulled in back to back days, but my daughter holds the record by having her bottom two teeth pulled within an hour of each other.

When our first child lost his tooth, the question arose, “Who is the tooth fairy?”

The Tooth Fairy is Coming!

My son sleeping, waiting for the tooth fairy to arrive
My son sleeping, waiting for the tooth fairy to arrive | Source

Who is the Tooth Fairy?

My husband and I agreed that we have a good idea of who we think the tooth fairy really is. I was curious about what my children thought. They all agreed that the tooth fairy has the following characteristics:

  • She is a girl.
  • She gives you money.
  • She takes your teeth.
  • She sometimes forgets to come, but they can’t figure out why.
  • She comes in through the window.
  • She is very quiet.
  • Regardless of where you put your tooth, she can get it without touching you.

The Tooth Fairy Left Some Money!

Son enjoying his money from the tooth fairy
Son enjoying his money from the tooth fairy | Source

Tooth Fairy Payments

As a kid, I noticed that not everyone received the same amount of money from the tooth fairy. We received a dollar for our first tooth and a quarter for each additional tooth. I never questioned the difference in payments and strangely enough, neither have my kids.

When asked why everyone does not get the same amount, they said, “We just don’t”. When I probed further, they said, “We have five kids. The tooth fairy only has a certain amount of money per family.” They continued, “We only really need a quarter anyhow.”

I have found that the tooth fairy pays our children fairly. I appreciate that she gives them a small amount of money and is not encouraging them to start pull out their own teeth!

The Tooth Fairy Didn't Come!

Because the tooth fairy didn't come, our tooth pillow is waiting on the front porch
Because the tooth fairy didn't come, our tooth pillow is waiting on the front porch | Source

Tooth Fairy Insurance Plans

Some families become distraught when the child wakes up in the morning and the tooth fairy never arrived. The child is upset and often times the parents end up looking at each other with funny looks on their faces. Our tooth fairy comes with an insurance plan. In the event that the tooth fairy did not realize that a tooth was removed or she was just really busy, we reserve the right to place the tooth on our front porch. We have found when this policy is exercised; the tooth fairy money usually arrives within ten to fifteen minutes.

You may not know if your tooth fairy plan has the same clause. Next times she fails to arrive as planned, try setting the tooth outside and see if she comes to your house, too. You may have had the insurance plan all along.

Tooth Fairy Dilemma: Does She Keep the Teeth?

We have found that some of our kids want to keep their own teeth and some prefer the tooth fairy to take it when she drops off the quarter. We let the kids decide, but they are responsible for letting the tooth fairy know their wishes.

Our children can talk to Santa by looking up at the ceiling and talking or by closing their eyes and talking directly to Santa in their minds. They let me know that this is how you communicate with the tooth fairy as well. We always ask what they told the tooth fairy just so we can provide some quality assurance in the morning and make sure the tooth fairy did her job correctly.

One time, the tooth fairy was notified of a change in plans after the child went to bed. We were surprised in the morning that the tooth was gone and the child has told the tooth fairy to leave it. Luckily, the insurance policy applies to incorrectly removed teeth as well. We put the empty tooth pillow on the front porch and within ten to fifteen minutes, the tooth was returned.

Our Children Love our Tooth Fairy

My daughter's picture of the tooth fairy visiting her while she sleeps
My daughter's picture of the tooth fairy visiting her while she sleeps | Source

Dear Tooth Fairy Books

We Love our Tooth Fairy

I have had children ask for teeth removed because they want the tooth fairy to come. We love our tooth fairy. She pays our kids fairly, but she can be forgetful. Luckily, we know she loves us too as she will make a mid-morning return trip if necessary. She is flexible if we change our minds about keeping the teeth. Overall, we trust our tooth fairy to come into our house in the wee hours of the night, briefly visit our sleeping children, and know that she will leave them a coin in exchange for losing a tooth.

The tooth fairy has to be the coolest fairy ever.

Think of all the pain and blood your kids endure just so she will pay a visit!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Sharyn! We actually just had another tooth lost tonight. We are out of town so my son hopes the tooth fairy can find the house we are at, but he knows that he knows where we live when we get home, too. So cute. Thanks for commenting!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Mollymeadows, I am sure you would rather get paid that pay for work on (or losing) teeth! Thanks for taking the time t0 comment. I am unsure what you mean by the email comment. Thanks.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      This made me laugh. I had to have dental work done recently, and I noticed the tooth fairy did not visit me with money. On the contrary, I forked it out to the dentist in big handfuls.

      If I give you my email addy, will you pass it on to her?

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      This is incredibly adorable Karen. I love how you write these great hubs simply from cool ideas right in your home. Awesome!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, cardelean! I have found that the tooth fairy is a fun visitor since she can visit all year round unlike Santa or the Easter Bunny which just pick their time of year. Thanks for commenting!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      That is funny! I am also glad they all ended up with white teeth!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I got quite a giggle out of this hub! My daughter lost her first tooth in February and then another one in June. We have been teasing her that at the rate she's going she'll be toothless when she starts kindergarten in September! Our tooth fairy leaves $1 also. Our dentist warned us to be careful what we start since there are a lot of teeth! :)

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      jellygator 5 years ago from USA

      Cute! I always told my kids about our tooth fairy's bonus gift: If they never, ever stuck their tongue in the hole after the tooth feel out, she'd make sure their new tooth was solid gold.

      Alas, my daughters all have normal white teeth.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      That is hilarious! I know our tooth fairy tries to give a dollar bill, but I know that one son always comments that he ended up with 4 quarters. I guess that was better than the tooth fairy ending up with a bunch of nickles and pennies. The tooth fairy should be better prepared!

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      The downside to having the tooth fairy bring books is that books cost more than just forking over spare change, plus the tooth fairy may not have one ready if a tooth falls out unexpectedly. Clearly our tooth fairy didn't think that through very well when s/he first started bringing tooth gifts!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Ooh, I like the book idea, too! I love how flexible my kids can be with the tooth fairy rules. My son was so funny. He said he wants his video to be on google. I told him that was the goal.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Chrissie!

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Adorable! Our tooth fairy has some quirks of his/her own (the kids don't know the tooth fairy's gender, so we use both pronouns). If their tooth is not available (my son's tooth fell out in a restaurant and got lost), then the child is responsible for writing a note explaining what happened to the tooth. And our tooth fairy usually brings books rather than money.

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      chrissieklinger 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      so adorable!