The Original Tooth Fairy Lore
Nearly every child in North Carolina has not only heard of the real Tooth Fairies, they have had themselves a lovely visit of their own. With tiny teeth under their pillows, children dream every night of a surprise visit from the winged creature, who leaves shiny coins in exchange for newly lost teeth.
Where did the Tooth Fairy originate from? Rumor has it that the Tooth Fairy is actually a copycat of the Tooth Mouse, a classic French fairytale in which a mouse hides under a king’s pillow and defeats the nasty ruler by knocking all his teeth out.
However, the modern Tooth Fairy that is widely known today is well-received as a kind and giving creature. The Tooth Fairy who swipes the teeth of children in exchange for money (or gifts) is actually around a hundred years old. Very popular in the early 1920s, the Tooth Fairy was used in many households to ease the minds of children as their teeth went loose and sore. Children eager to catch a glimpse of the mystical creature who leaves behind lovely gifts made losing teeth that much more exciting.
A visit from the Tooth Fairy is considered a rite of passage in many cultures. A child losing a tooth is celebrated for becoming older and finally leaving behind their toddler ways. In American culture, children look forward to a visit from the Tooth Fairy as eagerly as they do Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.
When a North Carolina child loses a tooth, they can expect a visit from the Tooth Fairy very soon. Some folklore insists that the Tooth Fairy leaves an extra-large gift behind if a child leaves their tooth in a jar on the windowsill rather than under a pillow, and some believe the Tooth Fairy leaves a toothbrush instead of money in exchange for a recently lost tooth.
However the Tooth Fairy came to be known as she is today (nobody knows for sure), one thing stands true- many children look forward to their first loose tooth. Not so they can have a gap in their mouth to show off to their friends, but so they can finally reap the rewards of a Tooth Fairy adventure themselves.