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Unlike St. Nick and the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy has no formal recorded image. 

In 1908 the tooth fairy paid out an average of 5 cents for a tooth, 1950's .25 cents per tooth and in 2013 $3.70 per tooth.

The history of the tooth fairy goes all the way back to vikings who paid children for their teeth. In the Norse culture, children's teeth and other articles belonging to children were said to bring good luck in battle, and Scandinavian warriors hung children's teeth on a string around their necks.  In medieval Europe, it was thought that if a witch were to get hold of one's teeth, it could lead to them having total power over him or her so the teeth were burned in a fire.

Proper tooth care has been a struggle for a long time
  1. People used to brush their teeth using twigs or their fingers before toothbrushes were invented. The first toothbrush tools date back to 3500 BC to Egyptian times.
  2. In Roman times people would use sterile urine as a mouthrinse.
  3. Hundreds of years ago, people used to attempt to cure tooth decay by boiling dogs teeth in wine .
  4. The Greeks and Romans used to make an abrasive paste out of broken eggshells, bones, ox hooves and ashes before toothpaste was invented.

When babies arrive, the crowns of their first 20 teeth are already in place under the gums, waiting for the right time to break through – starting sometime between 3 to 6 months of age. Throughout childhood, the crowns and roots of adult teeth are already forming under those baby teeth, waiting until it’s time to begin pushing them out of the way. Adults have an average of 32 permanent teeth.

Each tooth in your mouth has its own unique profile, so your smile really is a true mark of your individuality!  Scientists can tell a great deal about us just by examining our teeth. Our teeth can reveal how old we are, what we eat and drink -- even where on Earth we may have lived? Our teeth also carry significant clues about our overall health, including periods of stress or illness we’ve endured. In short, teeth are a lasting record of our personal history. 

Fun facts

The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in their lifetime — enough to fill two swimming pools - Thats a lot of spit.

Mosquitos have twice as many teeth as humans

Teeth aren’t bones , despite the fact that they are both hard, white, and contain calcium. Unlike bones, teeth can’t heal themselves or grow back if they suffer damage.

A girraffe has 32 teeth just like us but they are all on the bottom

Plaque starts to form 4 hours after brushing. Plaque contains over 300 species of bacteria . Using an anti-bacterial mouthrinse will help to key bad bacteria at bay.

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Remove the calvarium and this makes a interesting center piece with succulents or replace your kids tooth under the pillow with one of these giant ones








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