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According to USA Today, the amount the tooth fairy paid for a tooth fell 53 cents last year, for an average of $4.13. The tooth fairy in the U.S. may be tightening her belt a little, but what about other countries? Does the tooth fairy visit children around the world?

Actually, in Spain and in countries with Hispanic cultures, the tooth fairy never makes a visit. Collecting teeth is the job of a mouse by the name of Perez. In many of those countries, Perez takes the tooth from under the pillow and leaves a gift, but in Argentina, kids leave their teeth in a glass of water. Perez drinks the water, and leaves the gift in the glass. In Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam and India, children will throw their teeth over the roof or on the floor, and ask a mouse or bird to replace it. French kids also leave their tooth out for a mouse, who will leave money, or sweets. Many children in the Middle East bury their teeth. The tradition in Botswana is to throw your tooth on the roof and ask the moon to bring you a new one. In Lithuania, the tradition is to keep your lost baby teeth.

No matter who brings your money or treat, fairy, mouse or sparrow, it’s important to remember that the tooth fairy doesn’t bring any money for lost permanent teeth. You need to talk with your kids about brushing and flossing every day, and seeing our dentist Dr. Greg Sefcik for their checkups. If it is time for your kids’ dental visit, or even yours for that matter, call Lighthouse Dental today to plan your visit!