National Tooth Fairy Day (Feb 28): The Tooth Hurts

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Most of us remember losing a tooth in elementary school and being really hyped that we were going to make bank. I’m talking about the tooth fairy of course. The entity that parents told children about who takes your tooth in the middle of the night while you are asleep and leaves cash or other small trinkets (which was both creepy and enchanting all at the same time).

National Tooth Fairy Day (Feb 28): The Tooth Hurts

National Tooth Fairy Day (Feb 28): The Tooth Hurts

Recently, my six-year-old little sister lost two of her teeth at the same time. Well, one was really wiggly and the other was just starting to give so my mother just yanked that one out for my sister anyway (ouch!). My little sister was betrayed, but she was still super excited to put her teeth under her pillow.


She decided to put one tooth under her pillow at a time for two nights instead of putting both teeth under her pillow at once. Her logic: “But what if the tooth fairy comes and two teeth are too heavy?” Can’t fight that logic. So she put her first tooth under her pillow and I think that she was so excited she passed out from enthusiasm and she was knocked out cold.

In the morning she woke up and shouted, “The tooth fairy came!” She pulled out a dollar from under her pillow and suddenly her excitement level dropped from a 10 to a solid 8. She said, “Aww, I only got a dollar.” And she made a pouty face. My parents jokingly told her that maybe she must have been hit by the recession. Obviously, that word was a little too advanced for my sister to grasp.

The next night the “tooth fairy” must have felt bad and so my little sister woke up and found a ten dollar bill in her pillowcase. She was like, “Wow, I’m so rich now!” Then she turned and asked my parents, “But wait, this time the tooth fairy put the money IN my pillow, what the–? Doesn’t it go under?” Obviously, we explained she had to make such a large sum of money safe and secure. My little sister closed her eyes, crossed her arms, and nodded approvingly, “True. True.”

Main Points

  • It doesn’t matter how old you are if the tooth fairy paid a visit, don’t burst a kid’s bubble.
  • That period of childhood wonder is so brief and children and adults alike should make it last while they can.
  1. Evaluate earnings
  2. Complain
  3. ???
  4. Profit (sometimes if you pout, it helps if you are a cute little munchkin)
  • My little sister is a champ, two teeth out and still standing.
  • She’s also super rich, maybe if I’m nice she could give me a loan some time
  • The tooth fairy’s not a lie, it’s an exaggerated tooth (I mean truth)

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22 thoughts on “National Tooth Fairy Day (Feb 28): The Tooth Hurts

  1. We were away once when my oldest daughter who must have been 2 or 3 at the time lost a tooth. My sister in law asked how much the tooth fairy usually leaves her and she said $10! (I can tell you that this tooth fairy does not leave $10) she totally scammed her! It broke my heart when my girls stoped believing in all of that but it’s a rite of passage.

  2. Hahahaha I never got that much money from the tooth fairy. It was always like $2 in quarters. I can’t even remember when I stopped believing, it just sorta happened. Can’t wait til I have kids so I can continue this silly and fun tradition with them.

  3. This is an adorable story! Kids can be the absolute sweetest. My kiddos are 8 and 10 and still believe in the tooth fairy, although I’m not sure if that’s because they genuinely believe or they know that once they stop believing the magical cash flow stops too. I just keep rolling with it because I love their faces when they find their loot under the pillow!

  4. Tooth fairy was never really a tradition in our family, but looking back now, I would never sleep with my wiggly tooth for fear that I would swallow it down accidentally while I sleep. 🙂

    1. That’s so funny, I’m sure we all remember an irrational fear we have had as a kid. Like being afraid to swallow watermelon seeds or one would grow in your tummy

  5. This is too funny! My kids never received more than a dollar, and often the tooth fairy was busy on the other side of the world so they had to wait an extra day.

    1. They have the rest of their lives to be adults, best to extend that childhood wonder as long as possible

  6. Your sister sounds adorable! My kids are 6 and 10, both still believe in the tooth fairy and are always very excited to lose a tooth.

  7. Awww, it was such a cute story! Beautiful read! Reminded me when my kids were younger and used to believe in so many different types of fairies, which they no longer do!

    1. When I was young I made tiny homes for the forest fairies and left little berries out for them and I’d get so excited when the berries were eaten lol

  8. Agh. The worst pain you could ever had is a toothache. The whole body suffers whenever you have toothache! What an awesome story to share which reminds me a lot when my niece lost her first tooth.

  9. Such a cute story! My almost 7 year old daughter just lost her 6th tooth a couple days ago:) she is always so excited to see what the tooth fairy will bring her. She makes a little more than I did as a kid, but I guess that’s inflation for you!!😂

  10. Being the tooth fairy is one of my greatest pleasures as a parent! I’m a little over generous as well lol

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