Did you know that not all countries have a Tooth Fairy like we do? And if they do, did you know their Tooth Fairy is very different than ours? Well, it’s true! Each culture has their own traditions, and we are happy to share them with you!
Raton Perez is the small, kind mouse who rewards children in Argentina for losing a tooth. When a child loses their tooth, they put the tooth in a large glass of water on their nightstand next to their bed. As they sleep, Perez visits them and, because of his extreme thirst, he drinks the water, takes the tooth, and leaves a small gift in the cup.
There isn’t a Tooth Fairy in Mongolia, but there is a tooth tradition that helps children have strong teeth. When a child loses a tooth, they wrap the tooth in a piece of meat and they feed it to a dog. If the dog eats the meat, the child believes that they will have strong teeth just like the dog.
La Bonne Petite Souris is the kind mouse who rewards children in France for losing teeth. When a child loses their tooth, they will place the tooth under the pillow, just like the children in the United States do. But, instead of the mouse just leaving money, there is a chance that children can wake up to money or candy under their pillow.
There isn’t a Tooth Fairy in Turkey, but there is a tooth tradition that helps children fulfill their goals and dreams. In Turkey, children and their parents believe that their teeth hold the future. So, when the child loses a baby tooth, the parents bury it wherever they think their child’s future should be. For example, if they want their child to be a great soccer player, they will bury the tooth in a soccer field. If they want their child to be a dentist, they will bury the tooth outside a dental office or on the grounds of a dental school.
There is a small rabbit who acts as the Tooth Fairy in El Salvador. When a child loses a tooth, they will place the tooth under their pillow right before they go to sleep. During the night, the rabbit will visit them and will replace their tooth with money.