What Does the Tooth Fairy Do With All Those Teeth?

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I remember the day when I was little that, looking for a deck of cards, I found a little bag of teeth.

They’re the dog’s teeth, I was told. Ewwww! It wasn’t until later that I discovered the truth. They were my baby teeth. Ewwww! My sister and I teased my mom for years for saving our baby teeth.

Then, we had kids.

I can’t speak for my sister, since Nim hasn’t lost any baby teeth yet, but I’ll admit it: I have three little bags of baby teeth in my jewelry box, one for each child. Shhh…don’t tell my kids. I’m pretty sure none of them still believe there’s a tooth fairy, but the younger two haven’t admitted it yet. There is money involved, you know. However, tooth fairy aside, I don’t feel like being teased times three.

I honestly have no idea what to actually do with the teeth. It just seems kind of sad to just throw them away. So, my weird question of the week, what do you do with your kids’ lost teeth? Keep them or toss them? And, if you keep them, do you have any idea what you will do with them, ultimately?

This one is weird enough for a poll, don’t you think?

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  1. I always wondered what parents did with lost teeth. I’ll be interested to see what others have to say.

  2. Hmmm, a few of Adam’s (the oldest, of course) are in an envelope on a scrapbook page. There are a couple teeth in my jewelry box but I have no idea who they belong to. I don’t remember tossing the rest but they’re not here.

  3. it just occurred to me that you and your sisters thought it was gross that your mom had YOUR teeth but perfectly normal that she would have bags of DOG teeth – ewww! 😉

  4. I keep them. Sounds odd, but I hate the idea of throwing them away. My kids no longer believe, but still leave the teeth, lol. They want the money! They were asking me a couple of months ago what I do with them and if they could see them. I did not let them.

  5. @ Mary — You need to go back and read. There was an “ewwww” after the dog teeth comment, too. lol We definitely thought that was gross, too. It was just the only thing that came to Mom’s mind at the moment that she was caught, red-handed, with a bag of teeth. At the time, my sister hadn’t lost any of her baby teeth.

  6. I saved the girls first couple but after that… I just tossed them. Brielle however once she knew the truth started saving them herself- she is still losing teeth and has quite a few saved up. I have no idea why she wants them- but she “collects” everything and anything anyways- never mind something she actually has a physical connection to. 🙂

  7. My oldest is almost 13, still have all his teeth. I imagine I’ll eventually throw them away, I can’t see him wanting them when he’s grown…and I doubt the grandchildren will wnat them either LOL. But for now, I don’t want to part with them.

  8. I say donate them to an anthropology museum so that 200 years from now they can make up more ridiculous stories about our origins. Not. But it sounded reasonable when I typed it.

  9. We keep ours too.. in a plastic bag. I don’t what I will ever do with them but I can’t bring myself to throw them away.

  10. I once had a friend who kept her children’s umbilical cords when they dried up and fell off….ewww.

    I keep my kids teeth in a box with all their baby “stuff”.

  11. I have loved reading through y’all’s comments. Too funny. So far, I think Mamosa wins the prize for most creative idea on what to do with them and Jeanette’s friend with the dried-up umbilical cords wins the prize for grossed collection. LOL

  12. I also keep my kids baby teeth in my jewelry box in little velvet bags. I’m not sure what to do with them but I still keep them. Maybe I’ll toss them when they are older.

  13. I save my kids’ teeth – well, so far only for my older one because Little Brother hasn’t lost any yet (but he’s got his first wiggler, so it won’t be long). I have Big Sister’s saved in a film canister. Not sure what I’ll do with them, but can’t bring myself to throw them out.

    On a related note, my grandmother kept all her children’s teeth. When she passed away a few years ago, her children (all adults at that point) decided that she should be buried with the little jewelery box of baby teeth. Not sure if that’s touching, or creepy, but I do know that it tells me that if I don’t figure out what to do with the ones I’m collecting, my kids might someday decide for me!

  14. I’ve been keeping them also, although I have lost a few of Mic’s, haha. He’s the only one who has lost teeth so far though!

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