Friday, July 12, 2013

Stashing Teeth

One of the huge perks of this blog is that, when I need advice, I can cast the help-needed net much farther than just my book club. This topic has been on my mind for some time, and I hope that you more experienced parents can pass along your wisdom. Here goes...

What does the tooth fairy do with the teeth? I don't mean the tooth fairy of legend. No one has asked, and my kids are fairly imaginative, so they probably have a satisfactory answer worked out for that one. I mean, what on earth am I supposed to do with the teeth once I take the money?

Throwing them away seems unsentimental. I saved a lock of hair from each of their first haircuts and all kinds of things less substantial than body parts. Shouldn't I save the teeth? Might my kids want them someday when they realize I took them?

But keeping teeth just seems weird. Like stashing human remains around the house. I didn't keep my son's tonsils when he had them removed (I wouldn't have been permitted to--he asked repeatedly), so why should I keep these body parts?

Without a definitive answer or plan, I have--I mean the tooth fairy has--been stashing teeth randomly about our home. I think there's one in the guest bathroom medicine cabinet. There are definitely some in my jewelry box. I often stumble upon teeth by accident, although they remain out of the children's reach.

When my youngest lost her second tooth last week, the whole issue arose yet again. I just wandered around the house with it in my pocket for over an hour before dropping it in with my earrings. I don't even have separate hidey-holes for each of my son and daughter, so now their supposedly sentimental baby teeth are commingling.

Luckily for the tooth fairy without a plan, even my eldest still has a lot of teeth to lose. It's not too late to formulate a plan and put it into action. I'll just gather up the teeth I can find, apportion them correctly, and no one will be the wiser.

So, people, what does the tooth fairy do with the teeth?


  1. I don't keep teeth. It gives me the willies. Like the body parts mentioned above. Can't do it.

    1. So it's not just me. You just chuck them? I don't know if I can do it.

  2. Hi :) i kept our first few teeth...but threw them away eventually... because they had lost their sentimentality...i used to tell my kids that the tooth-mouse needed them to build houses...

  3. I have a box that I keep all the teeth in :) My mom kept all mine in a tooth fairy box so I do the same.

  4. I put each girl's teeth in a little pouch -- like the kind you get for jewelry -- and they're stashed in a high drawer in my bedroom. I don't have any grand plans beyond that, but I can just imagine coming across them when the girls are grown and moved away, and being happy that I've got them. It's pure sentimentality.