Bubba lost his second tooth today at school. He lost his first while we were camping in St. Augustine this summer. When he bit into a non-quite-melted s'more, the tooth stayed with his s'more when he swallowed. He was a little worried at first but then remembered his friend John Thomas' experience -- the tooth fairy went down inside John Thomas' stomach and got his tooth when he swallowed it!
I told Bubba at the time that it was more likely that the Tooth Fairy had a TPS --a tooth positioning system -- and would know he had lost a tooth even though it wasn't under his pillow. Because we were camping, the Tooth Fairy only had a five dollar bill, which thrilled Bubba to no end.
On the way home tonight, I was giving Bubba a heads up that the tooth fairy probably wouldn't be quite so generous this time. I explained that the first tooth was special and that's why he had gotten five dollars.
"What is the Tooth Fairy?" Punkin asked from the back seat.
"Well, she's a fairy that comes and get your teeth and gives you money for them," I explained.
"When you lose them?" she asked, a slight note of panic in her voice.
"Of course!! She doesn't come and take them out of your mouth," I reassured her.
"What does she do with them?" she asked, sounding kind of disgusted. Given my own squickiness about teeth, I can't say I blame her.
"Well, you know, I'm not really sure," I said. "I never really thought about it. That's a good question."
"Maybe she gives them to babies," Bubba suggested. "You know, 'cause they don't have any teeth."
"That's a great suggestion, Bubba," I said. "Yeah, let's go with that."
Yeah, let's go with that. Even though the thought of "used teeth" kind of weirds me out, the thought of a big pile of teeth in the Tooth Fairy's back yard is just plain disgusting.
6 years ago