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The legend of the Tooth Fairy is about a fairy that gives a child money or gifts in exchange for a baby tooth that has fallen out. Children typically place the tooth under their pillow at night. The fairy is said to take the tooth from under the pillow and replace it with money once they have fallen asleep.



In early Europe, it was a tradition to bury baby teeth that fell out.[1] This combination of ancient international traditions has evolved into one that is distinct to Anglo-Saxon and Latin American cultures among others. When a child's 6th tooth falls out it is customary for the tooth fairy to slip a gift or money under the child's pillow, but to leave the tooth as a reward for the child growing strong.

Tooth tradition is present in several western cultures under different names. For example, in Spanish-speaking countries, this character is called Ratoncito Pérez, a little mouse with a common surname, or just "ratón de los dientes" (tooth mouse). The "Ratoncito Pérez" character was created around 1894 by the priest Luis Coloma (1851–1915), later a member of the Real Academia Española. The Crown asked Coloma to write a tale for the eight-year old Alfonso XIII, as one of his teeth had fallen out. A Ratón Pérez appeared in the tale of the Vain Little Mouse. The Ratoncito Pérez was used by Colgate marketing in Venezuela[2] and Spain[citation needed].

In Italy, the Tooth Fairy (Fatina) is also often replaced by a small mouse (topino). In France, this character is called La Petite Souris ("The Little Mouse"). From parts of Lowland Scotland comes a tradition similar to the fairy mouse: a white fairy rat who purchases the teeth with coins.

In some Asian countries, such as India, Korea and Vietnam, when a child loses a tooth the usual custom is that he or she should throw it onto the roof if it came from the lower jaw, or into the space beneath the floor if it came from the upper jaw. While doing this, the child shouts a request for the tooth to be replaced with the tooth of a mouse. This tradition is based on the fact that the teeth of mice go on growing for their whole life, a characteristic of all rodents. In Japan, a different variation calls for lost upper teeth to be thrown straight down to the ground and lower teeth straight up into the air; the idea is that incoming teeth will grow in straight.[citation needed]

In parts of India, young children offer their discarded baby tooth to the sun, sometimes wrapped in a tiny rag of cotton turf.

The Tooth Fairy is less common in African cultures.

Rosemary Wells, a former professor at the Northwestern University Dental School, found evidence that supports the origin of different tooth fairies in the United States around 1900. Folklorist Tad Tuleja suggests postwar affluence, a child-directed family culture, and media turned the myth into a custom. The Tooth Fairy, a three-act playlet for children by Esther Watkins Arnold, was published in 1927. On May 28, 1938, MGM released The Little Rascals short entitled, The Awful Tooth, in which the gang agreed to pull their teeth out to make money from the tooth fairy.[3] A reference in American literature appears in the 1949 book, "The Tooth Fairy" by Lee Rothgow. Dr. Wells created a Tooth Fairy Museum in 1993 in her Deerfield, Illinois museum. In a March 1961 Peanuts strip, the new character Frieda asks if the prices are set by the American Dental Society. The Tooth Fairy has appeared in several children's books, an adult book, and films, and the eponymous radio series.

A somewhat similar practice is found in Guatemala, where worry dolls are told a worry by children and placed under their pillow. During the night the doll is believed to worry so that the child can sleep, and sometimes to actually address or resolve the worry. As with the tooth fairy, parents may remove the doll at night to reinforce the child's belief in the myth.


A darker text is Graham Joyce's award-winning, The Tooth Fairy, in which the title tooth fairy is shown to both torment and sexually excite the main character

In the Terry Pratchett book, Hogfather, the Tooth Fairy has a complex operation, involving a group of human "Tooth Fairies" who collect the teeth, delivery men, guards and a castle that resembles a child's painting. The money given in payment for the teeth is generated through property rentals in the "real" world. The Tooth Fairy itself was the very first bogeyman, who became a children's myth as adults stopped believing in the power of the dark. Despite his origins, however, the Tooth Fairy/Bogeyman actually is revealed to be a protector of children; by harvesting their teeth, the Tooth Fairy/Bogeyman guards children from old and dark mind-control magic employed through the use of discarded body parts such as teeth.

In the Augusten Burroughs' book "Possible Side Effects" Burroughs discusses his childhood fear of the tooth fairy.

What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy by Gregory Maguire, focuses on creatures known as skibbereen, which are a type of tooth fairy.

In the Thomas Harris book Red Dragon and the subsequent movies Manhunter(1986) and Red Dragon(2002) a serial killer known by the police and FBI as the Tooth Fairy preys on families at full moon.

In film and television

Numerous films have been made on this theme, mostly horror. One example is Darkness Falls, a film by Jonathan Liebesman, in which an evil-spirit of a woman killed long ago assumes the form of the 'Tooth Fairy', and starts haunting. Another example is The Tooth Fairy, directed by Chuck Bowman. In this film, a murderous woman kills children for their teeth.

More comedic versions on the theme include the 1997 TV movie Toothless, in which Kirstie Alley plays a dentist who reluctantly becomes a tooth fairy, and the 2010 film Tooth Fairy, starring Dwayne Johnson.

In 1991, Lacewood Productions produced a 24-minute children's animated short, entitled Tooth Fairy, Where Are You?, where an unofficial tooth fairy-in-training is discovered by a girl as her tooth is collected. The two became friends and are sad when they must part when the fairy becomes "official".

In the Nickelodeon cartoon series The Fairly OddParents, the Tooth Fairy is married to Jorgen Von Strangle.

In the South Park episode "The Tooth Fairy Tats 2000" the boys attempt to collect teeth in order to make money from the tooth fairy.

In Hellboy II: The Golden Army, tooth fairies are depicted as small, ravenous creatures with a taste for calcium. They will eat humans alive, starting with the teeth, to get to the bones.

In The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, the Tooth Fairy is part of the Council of Legendary Figures, along with Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Cupid, Mother Nature, Father Time and the Sandman. Unlike most depictions of the tooth fairy as a female fairy, this fairy is in fact male. The Tooth Fairy has also mentioned that he would like to be called "Captain Floss," "Plaque Man," and "Roy," with Santa suggesting "The Molinator."

In Arthur, the Tooth Fairy uses all the teeth she collects to make a castle in which she lives.

In the Adult Swim cartoon, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Meatwad, Master Shake and Frylock have their teeth stolen by the Creature from Plaque Lagoon while trying to become rich quick in a plot involving trying to rip-off the Tooth Fairy, in the episode Creature from Plaque Lagoon.

In another Adult Swim cartoon, Metalocalypse, showcases part of a conversation regarding the tooth fairy between characters Nathan Explosion and Toki Wartooth. In the episode "Skwisklok", Toki accepts an endorsement deal for a candy company and is railing against Nathan for trying to calm him down before he pulls out one of his own cavity-ridden teeth nonchalantly and discards it. Toki's shrugs it off, claiming that teeth grow back, to which Nathan corrects him. Toki then goes on to say "Don't you remember being a little kids, when your teeths would fall out and grow back and you would get the old one under the pillow so the ancient Norse god Orthar the Tooths Collector, would come and give you a Pickles Nickel?"(Pickles Nickels were the endorsement deal made by Pickles in the episode, however the design is actually a Buffalo Nickel).

The tooth fairy is also in American Dragon: Jake Long.

In the Zoobilee Zoo episode When You Wish Upon a Tooth Fairy, Whazzat loses her first baby tooth, but the tooth fairy is unfortunately on vacation and doesn't come at night. In her stead, Bravo, Lookout and Van Go dress up as tooth fairies.

In an episode of All in the Family, Edith relates the story of how Archie once called an effeminate dentist "the Tooth Fairy".

In Tooth Fairy (2010), Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson lives a tough minor-league hockey player whose specialty is to pluck the teeth of the opposing players, and his bad deeds lead him to an unusual sentence: he must serve two weeks (which change to 3 weeks when Derek was in prison) as a real-life tooth fairy.


  • The Excruciating History of Dentistry, James Wynbrandt, St. Martin's Press, 1998. ISBN 0312263198

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Simple English

The Tooth fairy is a fictional character found in modern folklore.

Around the world, families have many different traditions to celebrate the loss of a child's tooth, especially a first tooth. Many of the traditions involve throwing a tooth on a roof, under a house, burying it under a tree, or leaving it for a rodent.

One of the most famous traditions is leaving a tooth under a pillow for the Tooth Fairy. This tradition is very popular in the United States as well as other countries. The Tooth Fairy will take the tooth away while the child is sleeping and leave some money in its place. Sometimes the Tooth Fairy may also leave a note. If the child does not go to sleep the Tooth Fairy will not come.

Some people believe that the Tooth Fairy is named Fatina and lives in Neverland, along with Tinkerbell. The belief is that Fatina creates a magic powder from children's teeth that protects the fairies from hawks who might otherwise eat them.

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