Mom, Where Did the Tooth Fairy Come From?

So maybe you’re not expecting that question from your little tyke anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be fully prepared to regale tooth fairy baby teethyour children with tales of that generous sprite known as the tooth fairy. The legend itself has some quirky origins, preceded and followed by arguably stranger ideas about the inherent power of teeth and the importance of mice.

Here are just a few of the superstitions and myths that have swirled around the topic of teeth and the tooth fairy…

  • At a time when belief in witches and their dark powers was rampant, people were especially keen on proper tooth disposal. After all, witches and the like could use them as talismans or to send curses your way. Depending on the culture, you might have thrown the tooth toward the sun, over the roof, fed it to an animal (a mouse was the most popular choice), or buried it, hidden it, or swallowed it yourself (eek!). Continue reading Mom, Where Did the Tooth Fairy Come From?


We know school’s back in session, and in addition to your already-full work schedule, you now have to plan meals, arrange car pools, sharpen pencils, and still find time for your sparkle-madness, hip-hop dance flossingroutine. Trust us, we know. But, as you can tell by the three (three!) exclamation points that follow the title of this article, we mean business. It’s time to bite the bullet, face the music, meet your maker… well not quite time for that… but seriously, flossing is serious.

If you choose not to floss, and we all know you do (studies show that 73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss – grocery shopping! FOR SHAME!), here’s what happens inside your mouth: Continue reading FLOSS!!!