What's the History of the Tooth Fairy?
We spoke by email with Christina. Kill Grove and enter apologised science writer with a background in archaeology. So she's used to dealing with teeth and bones but even she wasn't prepared for the site of her seven-year-old daughter extracting her own upper right central incisors in an effort to cash. It in kilograms said I was initially inspired. Track down the source of the tooth fairy legend. When my older daughter lost her first tooth she knew the tooth fairy wasn't real but wanted to know when and why the story began. Even if you aren't familiar with the tooth fairies origin story you've likely heard of her or encountered a kid like kill ribs who's perhaps a little overly excited to earn some dough. The folklore dictates that when a child loses a baby tooth. They should place it under their pillow at night. And when the awake the next morning they'll find their loss tooth has been replaced with a small amount of money. A courtesy of a magical and seemingly enamel obsessed sprite. I'm like Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. The tooth fairy has somewhat enigmatic history. Kill Grove said. I was surprised that the tooth fairy is a comparatively new legend. She started to take off with the boomer generation getting paid for their teeth and was cemented in encyclopedias and the media with genetics and while other childhood characters typically have roots and religious. Traditions says quote the secular tooth fairy is really a modern invention. So who is this mysterious mythical creature and why is she so dead set on swapping baby teeth for cash? We also spoke by email with Dr Sowell Colombo d. m. d. of the little royals dentistry for kids in Jupiter Florida. He said some have suggested that the story of the tooth fairy dates back to north traditions from the thirteenth century. When it became a tradition for tooth fee to be given to a child when they lost their first baby tooth the more modern tooth fairy as we know it was first referenced in an editorial from Chicago Daily Tribune in one thousand nine hundred eight. Which at that time. Valued the tooth fairies contribution at five cents compared to an average approaching four dollars a tooth today so kill grove pegs. The popularity of the tooth fairy to the childhood of the boomers and Colombo dates the characters birth back to twelve hundreds. But there's a third possibility writer and publisher Michael. Kingston explained any twenty fourteen piece for salon. That the legend really took off in the nineteen seventies when a woman named Rosemary Wells took it upon herself to thoroughly research report on the tooth fairies. Saga Kill Group said. Dr Wells was a professor teaching scientific writing at northwestern. University dental school in the nineteen seventies when she realized there was little information about the origin of the tooth fairy legend. She worked on tracking down the origin and surveyed Americans on their tooth fairy practices for twenty years before starting small museum in her home dedicated to the tooth fairy. Kingston said I love when people accidentally become world experts on something and Rosemary. Wells is a great example of this. She asked a simple question followed her curiosity and ended up with private museum in her home dedicated to the tooth fairy. How do you not root for that? As Winston writes the tooth fairy is a relatively recent creation but quote rituals surrounding tooth loss. Date back much further than that. He points out that every single recorded human culture has some sort of traditional practice centered around the disposal of lost baby teeth and researcher be townend broke down the various rituals in an article in the British Dental Journal in Nineteen Sixty three titled the Non Therapeutic Extraction of teeth and its relation to the ritual disposal of shed deciduous teeth town and said that cultures tend to do one of nine things throw the tooth into the sun in to fire between the legs onto or over the roof of the house. It in a mouse hole. Bury it hide it. Place it in a tree or on a wall or have the mother child or an animal swallow it. Americans however spun the legend in a unique way blending and augmenting existing traditions to result in benevolent fairy who rewards the dental milestone with money and instant points out the tooth fairies star rose at a time when Disney was introducing tynan cuddly characters. Who are perfectly in line with the tooth fairies sweet and supernatural image if you're a parent and unsure of how to handle the tooth very topic with Your Young Tot Colombo has a suggestion. He said we encourage parents to call tooth fairy hotlines for the first tooth lost as well as remind them to put the tooth under the pillow. So the tooth fairy can work their magic and yes. Googling tooth fairy hotlines does turn up all sorts of helpful results including APPS and local office voice mailboxes. And if you're curious how much the tooth fairy is doling out. Nowadays researchers found that the national average was up to four dollars and sixty six cents as of two thousand sixteen almost eighty percent higher than the average in two thousand eleven which was around two dollars and sixty cents. But if you're a freaked out and frugal parents. In twenty twenty you can breathe a sigh of relief. A twenty eighteen study found the national average dipped back down to three dollars and seventy cents so despite the impact of inflation it appears even the tooth fairy has her monetary limits.