Wondering what to do with baby teeth after they fall out? So are many other parents! Discover saving baby teeth ideas like baby teeth jewelry and saving baby teeth for stem cells!
When my daughter lost her first tooth, on Thanksgiving Day, at our friend’s house, pulling it out herself, at just six years old, we were all so excited!
Losing baby teeth (also called milk teeth) becomes an obsession for kids around the ages of 5-8. Kids compare how many they lose, show off wiggly ones, and share what the tooth fairy brought them.
And it’s all in good fun. It’s a fun and exciting milestone for kids!
As a parent, as the “tooth fairy,” we are left not only figuring out what is a great tooth fairy gift, making sure we don’t forget to put it under their pillow the same night they lose the tooth, but also have to figure what to do with baby teeth!
Do we keep the lost teeth? Do we pitch them? Where do we store them and how?
Every family will have a different answer, but there are some common things people do.
What to Do with Baby Teeth
Listed below you find 14 different things to do with your child’s baby teeth. Do whatever appeals most to you.
1. Throw Baby Teeth Away
When I asked people what they do with baby teeth on my Facebook page and personal profile, a majority of people said they throw them in the trash.
The reason many people did this was because they considered lost teeth to be gross. Second, they couldn’t imagine that someday their child would actually want to still have them! Some expressed horror at receiving their own teeth from their parents as adults.
2. Put Baby Teeth in a Drawer
Others said they simply toss the lost baby teeth into a plastic Ziplock bag and stash it in their underwear or sock drawer, mostly because they didn’t really know where to put it, or have a place to put them!
Some are smart and at least remember to also slip in a piece of paper with the tooth, or write on the outside of the bag the child’s name, what day they lost it, and what tooth it was.
3. Saving Baby Teeth for Stem Cells
Many scientists and health advocates encourage parents to keep their child’s baby teeth because they contain an excellent source of mesenchymal stem cells which could later be harvested and used to help your child, should they get sick with certain cancers, illnesses or diseases.
In fact, there are sites and services that will bank and store your child’s stem cells for you, like Store-A-Tooth.com. However, such a service is NOT cheap. Store-A-Tooth costs $849-$1749 (payment plans available) along with yearly storage fees of $120. Other sites charge similarly.
But, stem cells harvested from baby teeth could help save your child’s life someday. So, it could totally be worth it.
4. Put Baby Teeth in a Box
Similar to putting baby teeth in a drawer, some parents put lost baby teeth into a jewelry box or porcelain box of some kind. With or without a baggy.
Some people actually buy a special Tooth Fairy box for holding teeth, or other baby teeth box, like the following:
- Simple Wood Tooth Fairy Box
- Baby Face Wood Souvenir Box
- Tiger wood Baby Tooth Box
- Tooth-shaped wood baby box
- Rectangular Baby Tooth Box
- Baby Tooth Shaped Keepsake Wood Box
5. Store Teeth in an Old Medicine Bottle
A unique place to put them is into an old medicine bottle. If you have multiple kids, be sure label each bottle with each child’s name. Really, be sure to label that the medicine bottle contains baby teeth rather than medicine, so you don’t accidentally swallow a tooth you thought was aspirin…
If you’re looking for alternatives to a medicine bottle, here are a few “prettier” options:
6. Gift Baby Teeth as a White Elephant Gift
For people who have a sense of humor, saving baby teeth, specifically two front teeth, can be a fun white elephant gift! After all, isn’t that all people want for Christmas? Two front teeth?
7. Bury the Baby Teeth
Akin to throwing out the baby teeth, some parents decide to bury their kids baby teeth. Why, I’m not exactly sure. I guess if we bury bodies under the ground, burying teeth makes just as much sense. And works toward completing that circle of life thing.
8. Use Baby Teeth in a Science Project
I’m pretty sure it was a homeschooler that told me this, but homeschooling or not, keeping baby teeth for your child’s future science project is a fun idea. You can see how various substances affect teeth (think colas, coffees, and teas) versus other liquids and chemicals.
9. Sell Baby Teeth Online
Apparently it was revealed that in 2012 that you can sell baby teeth on Etsy, so if you’re feeling entrepreneurial about it, or simply want to recoup the Tooth Fairy fees, you could sell your child’s baby teeth online. Some people have even tried selling teeth on Craigslist.
It seems the going rate is $5 a tooth (which is more than my children receive from the Tooth Fairy that visits our house).
10. Create a Custom Baby Teeth Necklace
Some people want to not only keep a child’s baby teeth, but wear them proudly around their neck too! They may be especially true for those who have lost a child, or are otherwise very sentimental about lost baby teeth.
There are several people on Etsy that will make Baby Teeth Necklaces. You can get the in the following styles:
- Baby Teeth Glass Vial Pendant Necklace
- Sterling Silver Cast Baby Teeth Necklace
- Large Flower Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace
- Custom Baby Tooth Necklace
- Custom Made Crystal-Like Baby Tooth Pendant
- Stamped Sterling Silver with Swarovski Birthstone Charm
11. Create Custom Baby Teeth Jewelry
In case necklaces aren’t your thing, there are still other ways to wear a child’s lost baby teeth! Here are some more jewelry made from baby theeth ideas I found on Etsy:
- Sterling Silver Molar Tooth Ring
- Double Molar Sterling Silver Ring
- Custom Milk Tooth Ring
- Hanging Baby Teeth Earrings
- Long Dangle Human Teeth Earrings
- Solitary Tooth Bronze Bracelet
12. How to Store Baby Teeth with Keepsake Baby Teeth Albums
If you don’t want to do boxes, jewelry, or dolls to store your child’s baby teeth, and want to store them as a cute keepsake, there are a bunch of different products out there designed solely for this purpose.
- Baby Tooth Album (round)
- Baby Tooth Flatbook (round inside)
- Small Round Foam Tooth Fairy Box
- Baby Teeth Souvenir Box
13. Handmade Creepy Monster Doll with Human Teeth
I’m sure you’ve seen this creepy monster doll shared on Facebook, but there’ are these stuffed monster dolls with sewn in baby teeth called Fugglers. They’ve apparently been around since 2010, and are made from false teeth usually, but people have actually started making their own using their children’s real baby teeth! You could be one of them.
14. Personalized My First Curl & My First Tooth Keepsake Boxes
Rather than keep ALL of a child’s baby teeth, many parents like to just keep the first tooth. There are many “my first curl and my first tooth” gift sets out there that make for more heirloom-esque, sentimental, keepsakes than some of the other options in this article.
Here are just a few examples of these first tooth and first curl gift sets you can get:
- Satin-Lined Rosewood Keepsake Box with Silver Plated First Tooth and First Curl Boxes
- Personalized Engraved Silver-Plated Round My First Curl & Tooth Set
- Nickel Plated Cinderella Horse and Pumpkin Carriage Gift Set
- Airplane and Race Car First Tooth and First Curl Set
- Ceramic Giraffe & Elephant White and Gold Tooth and Curl Set
So what do you think? What do you do with baby teeth after they fall out? Which of the above creative things to do with baby teeth appeals most to you?
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