Did you grow up trading your pearly whites to the Tooth Fairy? Would she give you a bit of money under your pillow in exchange for the tooth? If so, you probably grew up in the US. Our Tooth Fairy tradition is exciting for us, and other countries have their own enjoyable customs for getting rid of baby teeth.
In India, Korea, Nepal, the Philippines and Vietnam, children throw teeth lost from their lower jaw to the roof of their home and lost chompers from the upper jaw under the floor, all while shouting a wish that their tooth be exchanged for a mouse’s tooth; rodent teeth grow for life. In Japan and China, children toss their fallen lower teeth upwards and their lost upper teeth downwards, occasionally even burying them. This is done as a symbol to invoke the adult teeth to grow in straight and in the proper direction. In Sri Lanka, children throw their pearly whites in the presence of a squirrel, asking it to swap their lost tooth with a permanent one.
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