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Did you grow up giving your pearly whites to the Tooth Fairy? Would she also set a bit of money beneath your pillow to trade you for the tooth? If so, you probably were raised in the United States of America. Our Tooth Fairy custom is exciting for us, and other regions have their own fun customs for disposing of baby teeth.

In India, Korea, Nepal, the Philippines and Vietnam, children throw teeth lost from their lower jaw onto the roof and lost pearly whites from the upper jaw under the floor of their home, all while shouting a wish that their tooth be replaced by a mouse’s tooth; rodent teeth never stop growing. In Japan and China, children throw their fallen lower chompers upwards and their lost upper chompers downwards, from time to time burying them. This is done as a symbol to plead with the adult pearly whites to grow in straight and in the proper direction. In Sri Lanka, children toss their pearly whites in the presence of a squirrel, asking the squirrel to swap their lost tooth with a permanent one.

You can call 858-551-9700 now to have the Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc team set up a La Jolla or Scripps Ranch, California, appointment with Dr. Anthony Scoma for you. We can’t wait to see you in our office soon!