What do you do with the teeth..... .....

@gemini_rose (16194)
October 5, 2008 7:55am CST
After the tooth fairy has visited? I just wonder because I was rooting through my handbag the other day and pulled out a handful of my middle sons baby teeth! I must have put them in there to keep them out of the way from him and then forgotten they were in there. I was going to throw them away, but you know I just did not have the heart, they are my baby's baby teeth!! What could I do with them? What did you do with your childrens baby teeth?
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@tessah (6638)
• United States
5 Oct 08
heh ive kept them all.. from both the girls lol they wrap their tooth in a pretty little tissue package tied with a ribbon for the tooth fairy. when i make the switch oftooth for coin & card.. i take the tiny package, write the date on it of when it was lost.. and place it in a small carved wooden box. with the sprites i have a box anyways.. with the elder i didnt, so they are all wrapped and dated in a small bag. i may someday give them to em when theyre grown.. (altho the elder is now 19 and i still have hers tucked away LOL) or i might just keep hold of them for myself as a keepsake.
@gemini_rose (16194)
5 Oct 08
That is so nice, you say coin and card, what is the card, what do you put on it? Only I just swap the tooth for money I have never heard of putting a card under there too.
@tessah (6638)
• United States
5 Oct 08
i tape the coins to a thank you card from the tooth fairy.
@gemini_rose (16194)
5 Oct 08
That is really nice, that is an idea I might use!
@Munchkin547 (2779)
5 Oct 08
I'll bet that was a bit of a surprise when you when in your handbag!! hehe i discovered the tooth fairy wasn't real one day when i was noseying through my mum's jewelery box and discovered my teeth in there!! I thought it was a bit creepy at the time, why not just throw them away, but i suppose they have sentimental value! I don't really know what you could do with your son's teeth though! xxx
@gemini_rose (16194)
5 Oct 08
You will understand when you have children of your own, although I can see why you would think it was creepy as they are not the nicest things to keep. Us mummy's keep nearly every memory they can!
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5 Oct 08
I can understand why you'd want to keep them, but my mummy instinct hasn't been woken up yet so i can't say as i would want them myself!! hehe Do you keep a scrap book of things that your son has done etc, i remember my friend's mum used to have this book of all the things she'd done and milestones in her life, if you do you could put them inside an envelope in there! xxx
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
5 Oct 08
My son has only lost two teeth and I have it in a plastic bag in the top drawer of my dresser. I am not sure what I'm going to do with them either - maybe scrapbook them? or ?!?!
@gemini_rose (16194)
5 Oct 08
I know, it is hard to know what to do with them, I need to move them from my handbag or else I may lose them.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I read the other comments and might just find or even make a small little jewelry box or something and put them in there for now.
@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
5 Oct 08
I threw them away as they lost them. I took the tooth from under their pillow and left them some money and I put it in a kleneex and threw it in the garbage. I never even thought to keep them. Have they not rotted away? I guess you could make a necklace with them, I don't know. Maybe not because if you put a hole in them then they make crumble. I will be interested in reading the rest of your responses to this because now I am curious to hear what others have done with them.
@gemini_rose (16194)
5 Oct 08
No the teeth have not rotted, granted they are not too nice to look at, but they are just something I cannot bear to throw away!. Not sure I would like to put them on a necklace though, I think they probably would crumble.
@sandra966 (269)
• Spain
5 Oct 08
You know I have my daughter's teeth in my drawer at the moment. I've been meaning to put it in a safe place with the date it fell out, but as usual, I'll forget and when I find them again, I won't remember whose tooth or when it came out. For my elder daughter I think I only kept a few, but it was really difficult then to keep them anywhere she wouldn't find them. She still believes in fairies, bless, and I wouldn't want to shatter that!
@gemini_rose (16194)
5 Oct 08
I do not know the date of my sons teeth coming out. I will make sure my other sons are noted, he has a wobbly front tooth at the minute, his first loss!
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I don't have children but believe it or not, I have a little drawer in my jewelry box that has baby teeth in it...nope not mine...my little dog Petey's (he passed away 2 years ago)...I just couldn't bare to toss them out. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
@gemini_rose (16194)
5 Oct 08
That is really sweet. When my dog was dying I took a chunk of her fur and kept it in a box. Unfortunately my children when little found it and destroyed it, I was so upset but there was not a lot I could do about it. At least I still have photos of her.
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
5 Oct 08
Hello dear gemini_rose.I still remember when I was a kid and each time when my tooth was pulled out painfully by myself, my mother would always teach me to go to the balcony to stand straight and throw the pulled tooth onto the roof of the house. This way I would have beautiful teeth later on when the new ones grow out. This is a myth to me.
@gemini_rose (16194)
5 Oct 08
That is a different way, I have never heard of throwing teeth onto a roof before! I used to pull my teeth out once they started to wobble, I just could not leave them alone.
@ellie333 (21029)
5 Oct 08
Hi Gemini, I have a little trinket box for each of mine which has thier first hair curl in it and the teeth the tooth fairy forgot to take. Happy memories for years to come I guess. I also have a folder for each that has all their special cards and pics in from birth to 21st, these are in the loft but it is interesting to get out and have a look through and I am sure they will enjoy looking back when they al much older too. Huggles. Ellie :D
@gemini_rose (16194)
5 Oct 08
That is nice having all those special things for them, I have just put everything into a box, so I guess the teeth can go in there too.
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I kept them!! I have them stashed away for safe keeping and of course there really isnt anything I can "do" with them but like you said they are my babies teeth, I can't bring myself to toss them out..
@gemini_rose (16194)
5 Oct 08
That is how I feel, it would just feel so wrong to throw them out!
@checapricorn (16072)
• United States
8 Oct 08
[i]Hi gemini, I remember Mom used to keep it but when I was in High School and find it, I told her that we will throw it..LOL! And she also agreed! LOL! I am the one in the house who loves to throw stuff and my Parents as well as sister are the type who loves to keep for memories! LOL![/i]
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
6 Oct 08
We used to keep it under our pillow for the tooth fairy but after some time my mom would forget to give us money. Haha. So the tooth fairy isn't a big superstar in our household. We just give our tooth to my mom who used to keep all of it in her closet. I haven't seen the collection for a long time now so I don't know if she threw them or not. I don't think it's that significant to keep an old tooth anyway.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
6 Oct 08
Well I certainly haven't got my Kids any more we moved so many times while in the Army in the end they got lost somewhere
• India
6 Oct 08
There is no point in keeping it. I threw my daughter's teeth into a river.
• United States
6 Oct 08
I don't have children, but my dad kept all mine. He saved them all in a little drawer. I doubt we still have them since we've moved. I believe it was when I found them in the drawer that he confessed the non-existance of the Tooth Fairy. It would be cool to keep. I could prolly make a necklace out of them or something. I mean, how often do you find human teeth (besides in someone's mouth)? They're rare.
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
6 Oct 08
My daughter hasn't lost any of hers yet. Her Baby book has a vial that you can keep one. I would let her do that. THen probably toss the rest in the trash. Mu hubby thinks it would be interesting to keep all of them.
@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
5 Oct 08
How sentimental you are. In one of my dad's dresser drawers we each have a box with out name on it and our teeth are in it. I believe like you he is the sentimental one and just couldn't bring himself to throw them out. That was a long time ago and now I think he does not even knows they are still there but after 20 some odd years we do.
@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
5 Oct 08
They will eventually disintegrate. My mother saved mine and that's what happened to them. Without a blood supply to a tooth they become brittle and crumble. Sorry
@PrarieStyle (2504)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Gosh, that's a good question. I must have thrown them all away. Now I'm wondering why I didn't save any, at least the first one they lost.
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I used to save my daughters teeth after the tooth fairy came. I put them in an envelope and saved them in her baby book. She can look back at them when she grows up and show her children also.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I will just throw it in the trash. I let my son look at it. Then it goes in the trash can.