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Primary Teeth: Tooth Traditions Around the World

Here in the United States, we grow up with a kind, generous Tooth Fairy who leaves money under our pillow after taking our lost baby tooth, but what are the other tooth traditions around the world? Well, let’s find out!

Argentina
In Argentina, the Tooth Fairy is Raton Perez, who is a kind mouse. When a child loses a tooth, they put it in a large glass of water and they keep the glass on their nightstand next to their bed. As they sleep, Perez comes into the child’s room, drinks the water, takes the tooth, and leaves a gift in the glass for the child. The gift is usually money or candy.

Mongolia
In Mongolia, the children have a tooth tradition instead of a Tooth Fairy. When they lose their tooth, they put the tooth in a piece of fat or in a piece of meat and they feed it to a dog. They do this because they want their teeth to grow and become as strong as dog’s teeth. If there isn’t a dog around, the children will bury their teeth under a tree and wish for strong roots.

France
In France, the Tooth Fairy is a kind mouse named La Bonne Petite Souris. As the child sleeps with their tooth underneath the pillow, Petite Souris will visit and replace the tooth with candy or money.

Turkey
In Turkey, the children and parents participate in a tooth tradition rather than having a Tooth Fairy. When a child loses a tooth, their parents use it to wish for a bright future for their child. They believe that if they bury the tooth in a special place, their dreams for their child will come true. For example, if they want their child to be a great soccer player, they will bury the tooth in a soccer field. If they want their child to go to dental school, they will bury the tooth in the ground by a dental school.

El Salvador
In El Salvador, the Tooth Fairy is a small rabbit. When the child loses a tooth, they put it under their pillow and they wait for the rabbit. As they sleep, the rabbit will visit them and replace the tooth with money.

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