Description: Place a child's baby tooth under a pillow so a new tooth will grow.
Origin: Pagan Europe
The old European custom was to bury a child's baby tooth in the ground near the home. It was feared that if a witch got hold of the tooth it could place spells on the child - in the same manner as cut fingernails and hair. Burying the teeth stopped the witches, or so the thinking went.
As the population moved into towns and cities the practice of burying teeth in the garden switched to putting the teeth in flower pots; eventually it changed to placing the tooth under a pillow, where it is switched for a coin while the child is asleep.
Another Medieval tradition in England stated that if a child's tooth fell out it should be dropped in a fire, to avoid having to look for it after death as a ghost.
I Need a Visit from the Tooth Fairy
The Good Tooth Fairy
The Evil Tooth Fairy
My kind of Fairy - though technically
she's an Elf
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
and Tom Metcalfe (Website:
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