Our Tooth Fairy is kind and generous, but she’s not like Santa Claus—she doesn’t serve the children of the world. She only rewards the children of the United States, so what happens to the children in other countries? Well, we are happy to tell you!
In Argentina, the Tooth Fairy is Raton Perez, who is a kind mouse. When a child loses a tooth, they put it in a large glass of water and they keep the glass on their nightstand next to their bed. As they sleep, Perez comes into the child’s room, drinks the water, takes the tooth, and leaves a gift in the glass for the child. The gift is usually money or candy.
There isn’t a Tooth Fairy in Mongolia, but there is a tooth tradition that helps children have strong teeth. When a child loses a tooth, they wrap the tooth in a piece of meat and they feed it to a dog. If the dog eats the meat, the child believes that they will have strong teeth just like the dog.
In France, there is a kind mouse named La Bonne Petite Souris that rewards children for losing their teeth. When a child loses a tooth, they place the tooth under their pillow and wait for Petite Souris to visit. As they sleep, the mouse comes into the room, takes the tooth, and leaves candy or money under the pillow to surprise the child when they wake up.
Turkey doesn’t have a Tooth Fairy, but it does have a tooth tradition that helps children grow up to be the people their parents want them to be. When a child loses a tooth, their parents bury the tooth in the grounds where they wish their child will be one day. For example, if the parents want the child to be a doctor, they will bury the tooth in the gardens of a doctor’s office or by a medical school. If they want their child to be a great soccer player, they will bury the tooth in the soccer field.
The Tooth Fairy in El Salvador is a small, kind rabbit. Once a child loses their tooth, they put the tooth under the pillow. As they sleep, the rabbit will come and take the tooth, leaving behind money.