Move over, Cupid! It’s time to celebrate our favorite winged friend—the Tooth Fairy. February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day and we can’t help but smile. She has a very important job. Collecting lost baby teeth is a never-ending task. More than 109 million teeth are lost each year in the US alone. That’s a lot of little chompers!
It’s even more impressive when you think about all the kids who lose teeth. There are roughly 1.9 billion children in the world and they’ll each lose 20 baby teeth by the time they’re 12. That’s 38 billion teeth that’ll need to be collected. It’s a huge task.
We asked the Tooth Fairy how she collects all of those teeth. We were surprised to learn she gets a little help. That’s right! The Tooth Fairy has many friends around the world who help her collect teeth. Keep reading for a look at tooth traditions in countries where her friends visit: