Exploring Tooth Fairy Myths from Around the Globe

March 1, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — kidsmileslincoln @ 5:38 pm
a cartoon image of the tooth fairy

The tooth fairy is a beloved mythical character in many cultures, often associated with the tradition of children placing their lost baby teeth under their pillows at night in exchange for a small gift or money. But while the concept of the tooth fairy is widely recognized, the customs and beliefs surrounding this special figure vary greatly from one country to another. Here’s a closer look at some of the other interesting iterations of the tooth fairy from around the world!

US and Canada

In North America, we’re most familiar with the tooth fairy as a cherished figure who exchanges lost teeth for money or small gifts. Children typically place the tooth under a pillow or on their nightstand and wake up to a small sum of cash or other surprise. A visit from the tooth fairy is often considered a rite of passage for kids and something for them to feel excited about!

Spain and Latin America

In many Spanish-speaking countries, children don’t wait for the tooth fairy to visit them; instead, they place their teeth by their bedside at night, often in a glass of water. The next morning, they discover that the tooth has been replaced with a gift or money left by “Ratoncito Pérez,” a small and friendly mouse who collects children’s teeth.


In France, children also place their lost teeth under their pillows at night. However, they await the arrival of a different mouse—”La Petite Souris,” or “The Little Mouse.” Like his Spanish cousin, he’s a small mouse who collects children’s teeth and leaves behind a reward.


England’s tooth fairy tradition is similar to what we celebrate here in North America; however, some variations exist, such as the idea that the tooth fairy is often accompanied by helpers including mice, squirrels, or even other fairies. Additionally, in some English towns, children throw their lost teeth onto the roof and make a wish, similar to tossing coins into a wishing well or fountain.


In Japan, children traditionally throw their lost teeth onto the roof if it came from the lower jaw, or under the floor if it came from the upper jaw. This custom is believed to promote strong, healthy teeth to grow in their place. Children also often receive different gifts and treats, too.

Though the tooth fairy may take on different forms and customs around the world, the magic and wonder associated with this figure are universal and quite beloved!

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