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The Tooth Fairy - Separating Fact from Fiction.

Updated: Dec 18, 2018


The tooth fairy of course.  Last week was National Tooth Fairy Day and in honour of the little sprite we thought it would be nice to dig a little deeper into the archives of Tooth-fairydom.

But just what do you know about the real tooth fairy?

The real Tooth Fairy is a hybrid of two pre-existing figures: a good fairy that watches over children, and a charitable mouse that swaps children’s teeth for money, sweets or a small present.

The Tooth Fairy is a legend that helps children cope with what often is their first rite of passage– the loss of a baby tooth. Most children begin losing their baby teeth between 5 years to 7 years of age. For many it can be a scary and traumatic experience when those little teeth loosen, whilst others simply take it in their stride.

The legend of the Tooth Fairy helps children deal with the uncertainty of tooth loss. With a little help from parents, they soon transition into eagerly looking forward to a “prize” and maybe even the possibility seeing the little winged fairy.

What does the Tooth Fairy Do With All Those Teeth?

Ever been asked this question and stumped for answers?   Here are a few suggestions you could try:

  1. She grinds them into fairy dust before converting them to magic so she can fly from house to house undetected!

  2. She places them in the sky so they can twinkle and shine for the whole world to see! 

  3. She builds houses for all the little tooth fairies to live in!

  4. She grinds them into sand to put on the the beaches!

  5. Nobody knows!  Its the Fairy's secret!

How much is the tooth fairy leaving these days?

A quick straw poll around our patients and staff that are mums here at College Street Dental Centre seems to suggest that the going rate is anywhere from 50p - £2 per tooth!  A hot tip for parents – encourage children to brush and floss their teeth thoroughly and regularly as well as to see their dentist every six months – the better condition the tooth is in, the more money the tooth fairy will leave! 

Sounds like an expensive business…. Here at College Street Dental Centre we don’t have access to fairy dust or fairy wings or the power to negotiate the collection rate with the fairies, but we do have excellent dental payment plans that can help make your worries disappear when visiting the dentist and spread the cost of both routine care and any unexpected treatment.  To see what plans are available,

For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180


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