Tooth Fairy Activity

Write your letter to the tooth fairy and draw what you think the tooth fairy really looks like!

For More Information

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  6. Khalid, Abeer, and Carlos Quiñonez. “Straight, White Teeth as a Social Prerogative.” Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 37, no. 5, 29 Apr. 2015, pp. 782–796. Wiley Online Library, doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12238. 
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  8. Musacchio, Jaqueline Marie. “Lambs, Coral, Teeth, and the Intimate Intersection of Religion and Magic in Renaissance Tuscany.” Academia, 29 Nov. 2005.
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  11. Tuleja, Tad. “The Tooth Fairy: Perspectives on Money and Magic.” The Good People: New Fairylore Essays, by Narváez Peter, University Press of Kentucky, 1997, pp. 406–425.
  12. Wells, Rosemary. “The Making of an Icon: the Tooth Fairy in North American Folklore and Popular Culture.” The Good People: New Fairylore Essays, by Narváez Peter, University
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Guest Curator Chloe Walls created this as part of a Curatorial Intern position through the National Museum of Dentistry. Chloe is a senior at Seton Hill University obtaining a degree in Biology. She is interested in a career in dentistry and wanted to learn more of the history of oral care

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