Children have 20 baby teeth, 10 on the top and 10 on the bottom. Since there are 20 of them, there will be a lot of late night visits from the Tooth Fairy for monetary compensation. This means you need to watch it and be careful what you leave under the pillow. You don’t want to set the bar too high.

You will probably get just as excited when your child loses their first tooth as they will. You might also not think the whole thing through and leave a $20 under the pillow. Once you have set a payment standard, in no way can you ever go lower. Which means you will wind up dolling out at least $400 providing the price of baby teeth don’t go up.

Of course, you don’t want to pay too little for baby teeth either. Leaving a quarter or two will leave the children wondering why the Tooth Fairy is such a cheapskate.

You might remember losing a tooth as a child and getting excited knowing the Tooth Fairy was going to pay a visit. James M. Mellert, your dentist in Torrance, offers a few facts about the Tooth Fairy and baby teeth that you might find quite interesting.

Celebrating Lost teeth is a Universal Tradition

The concept of a Tooth Fairy is quite recent, but cultures from all over the world have been celebrating the loss of baby teeth for thousands of years. Some Middle Eastern cultures have a tradition of throwing lost baby teeth into the air and praying for better teeth to replace it. In Mexico, Turkey and Greece, children traditionally toss their lost teeth onto the tops of their homes.

In Vietnam, Korea and India, the lower teeth are thrown skyward but the upper teeth are thrown on the floor to encourage straight adult teeth.

But not all traditions are so happy. Finnish and Norwegian children are warned that the tooth troll, dubbed Hammaspeikko, will come for children who don’t brush.

What is a Tooth Worth?

According to surveys, the average American baby tooth is worth just over $3. And while 32 percent of children will receive a single dollar for their loss, five percent of children will receive $20 or more. Of course, the value of teeth will fluctuate with the market. Not surprisingly, the Tooth Fairy reward correlates with the movement of the stock market. So far today, tooth prices are up 4 percent.

The Tooth Fairy is a Mystery

While everybody knows what Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny looks like, there is no widely-held consensus on the appearance of the Tooth Fairy. Some books and cartoons depict her as a winged sprite or pixie who carries a magic wand and trails sparkles. However, some image the tooth fairy as a male, or a bear or even a dragon.

National Tooth Fairy Day

According to those who are an expert on the subject, National Tooth Fairy Day is February 28. So you had better start planning your Tooth Fairy bash right away.

If you need to set a dental appointment for your children, give James M. Mellert a call today.