National Tooth Fairy Day celebrates one of childhood's favorite visitors. The Tooth Fairy is an American tradition with European and superstitious roots.
Mystical legends, stories, and traditions have been passed along for hundreds of years – all surrounding the loss of baby teeth. In some cultures, children's teeth were buried in order to hide them from witches and evil spirits who would use the tooth's powers for voodoo. The Vikings believed that children's teeth had a magical power in them that would help them fight in battle. They would even pay their children for their lost baby teeth so that they could be used to string onto battle necklaces and other jewelry.
A myth eventually arose about a Tooth Mouse who would scamper around town and steal children's teeth in the middle of the night. This story of the mouse soon transformed into the story of the Tooth Fairy, who would leave treasures under the children's pillows in exchange for their lost teeth.
The traditions and legend of the Tooth Fairy are still practiced today all around the world. It is considered a useful practice by many parents because it gives their children something to look forward to when they lose their teeth. And so year after year, baby teeth are placed under children's pillows at night in hopes of waking up to a wonderful surprise from none other than the Tooth Fairy!
Since 2005 Share A Smile has helped many children across Southern California regain their smile and confidence. Share A Smile’s goal is to enrich the lives of Southern California's underprivileged children by providing major dental and orthodontic procedures to those in need. In essence, they give their participants, many for the first time, a chance to smile with confidence.
It is tough to imagine growing up afraid to speak or even smile for fear of being ridiculed. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many underprivileged youths who suffer from the lack of resources to get the proper dental care needed to remedy their situation. This can have long term and lasting effects on a child’s confidence and self-esteem.
That is where Share A Smile has stepped in for the past four years. Their volunteer children's dentists have helped youths in Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California not only smile again, but smile with confidence.
Share A Smile was born out of a personal experience; founder Mike Robertson witnessed the abuse and harassment of one of his daughter's friends and decided to get involved. Once he did, it soon became obvious that he could not stop with helping just one child.
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