Tooth fairy

A woman dressed as a fairy surrounded by children
A woman dressed as the Tooth Fairy

The Tooth Fairy is a fantasy figure of early childhood in Western and Western-influenced cultures.[1] The folklore states that when children lose one of their baby teeth, they should place it underneath their pillow or on their bedside table and the Tooth Fairy will visit while they sleep, replacing the lost tooth with a small payment.[2]

The tradition of leaving a tooth under a pillow for the Tooth Fairy or another fantasy figure to collect is practised in various countries.

  1. ^ Blair, John R.; McKee, Judy S.; Jernigan, Louise F. (June 1980). "Children's belief in Santa Claus, Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy". Psychological Reports. 46 (3, Pt. 1): 691–694. doi:10.2466/pr0.1980.46.3.691. S2CID 146492076.
  2. ^ Watts, Linda S. (2007). "Tooth Fairy (legendary)". Encyclopedia of American Folklore. New York: Facts on File. p. 386. ISBN 978-0-8160-5699-6.