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You likely recognize that a number of cultures have differing versions of a Christmas legend like Santa Claus, but have you heard that some regions also have their own traditions about how to get rid of baby teeth? Here are a few of the ones we read about and thought you may like to learn about too. If you like them enough, you may even use one or two in your own home!

Some children in India get rid 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 teeth onto their roofs and ask rodents to replace it for one of their fangs. (Rodent fangs advance forever, and adult human pearly whites will stay healthy for a long time if correctly cared for.) Tossing lost chompers into the sky or to the sun and asking for a better tooth is commonplace in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Sudan. And long ago, in premodern Britain, lost chompers were burnt! We don’t endorse incorporating that into your traditions.

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