We all grew up knowing exactly what to do when you lose a tooth: you put it under your pillow. Then you go to sleep, and when you wake up in the morning, there is a nickel or a dime or even a dollar under the pillow where you left it. This money is, of course, from the tooth fairy, who rewards children for being good boys and girls even during the process of losing their baby teeth. The legend dates back over a hundred years, and children have many questions about who this being is.
The tooth fairy tale exists in countries all over the world. The legend is believed to have started in the United States, however, in the early 1900s. The custom was created as a way to celebrate the loss of a child's baby teeth and to help ease their transition into their next stage of childhood. Each parent or family has a different way of conveying this tooth fairy legend to their child, resulting in a myriad of different origin stories and tall tales about this sprightly creature.
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