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You most likely know that multiple cultures have differing versions of a Christmas figure like Santa Claus, but have you heard that most regions have their own traditions surrounding how to get rid of baby teeth? Here are a few of the ones we learned about and thought you may like. If you enjoy them, you might even consider trying one or two in your own home!

Some children in India discard their baby teeth by offering them to the sun, from time to time wrapping the teeth in a rag. In one part of India, children throw their lost chompers onto their roofs and ask mice to replace it for one of their teeth. (Rodent fangs progress forever, and adult human teeth will be healthy for a long time if properly cared for.) Tossing lost pearly whites into the sky or to the sun and asking for a better tooth is prevalent in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Sudan. And long ago, in premodern Britain, lost chompers were burned! We don’t recommend incorporating that into your traditions.

Patients living in Springfield, Ohio, and the nearby communities can phone 937-322-5437 to set up checkups with the Smile Wright Dental staff and Dr. Amber N. Wright. We’ll be happy to treat you and your little one.