In the United States, the Tooth Fairy rewards children when they lose their teeth by replacing their tooth with a few dollars. But does the Tooth Fairy reward children in the entire world? No, the Tooth Fairy only rewards children in the United States, but there are other traditions that reward children for transitioning from a baby smile to a permanent smile, and some of those traditions include:
In Argentina, there is a small mouse that rewards children when they lose their teeth. This mouse’s name is Raton Perez. Once a child loses their tooth, they put their tooth in a glass of water on their nightstand as they sleep. During the night, Perez visits the child, drinks the water (because he’s so parched from all of his tooth-collecting jobs), takes the tooth, and leaves a small gift in the cup for the child.
There isn’t a Tooth Fairy in Mongolia, but the Mongolian people do have a tradition that helps them grow into a strong, successful smile. After they have lost a tooth, they wrap it in a small piece of fat or a piece of meat and they feed it to a dog. They believe that this gesture helps them have strong teeth in the future, just like dogs do. If there isn’t a dog around to feed, they usually bury their tooth near a tree in hopes that their future tooth will have strong roots.
The French Tooth Fairy is also a kind mouse, but this tiny mouse’s name is La Bonne Petite Souris. When a child loses their tooth, they put the tooth under their pillow and they fall asleep. During the night, Petite Souris will visit the child and will replace the tooth with money or candy.
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.
There is a small rabbit who acts as the Tooth Fairy in El Salvador. When a child loses a tooth, they will place the tooth under their pillow right before they go to sleep. During the night, the rabbit will visit them and will replace their tooth with money.