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About Baby Teeth / About Us

TOOTH FAIRY DESIGNS produces jewelry and home accent items designed to create unique settings for highly processed baby teeth.  The products do not display the teeth in the conventional manner that renders them immediately recognizable as teeth.  Instead, a patented manufacturing process is used to create a subtle, pearl-like gemstone that is mounted in the bezel of contemporary jewelry designs and keepsakes.


ABOUT BABY TEETH

The term deciduous means "to fall off."  Although deciduous teeth are in time replaced by the succedaneous, or permanent, teeth, they are very important to the proper alignment, spacing and occlusion of the permanent teeth.  The deciduous incisor teeth are functional in the mouth for approximately five years, while the deciduous molars are functional for approximately nine years.  They therefore have considerable functional significance.  The progressive loss of deciduous teeth are considered an important milestone in the developmental phase of childhood.

The events are often marked by celebration, traditions and superstitions around the world.  In the United States, tradition is based on tales of the Tooth Fairy.  In Australia, mothers are once believed to have crushed their children's baby teeth and eaten the powder.

In some parts of the world, a child's baby tooth was placed in nests where rats or snakes were known to live because people believed evil witches disliked those animals and wouldn't go near them.  In many parts of the world, parents placed their children's teeth in mouse nests.  They thought that would result in a new tooth growing in the lost tooth's place, just as a mouse's lost teeth somehow re-grew. 

In other parts of the world, mothers hid their children's teeth from animals because they believed if an animal found the tooth, a tooth like that animal's teeth would grow in the mouth of the child.  In parts of England, mothers at one time burned their children's baby teeth so that evil witches couldn't get their hands on them and gain control of the children.

In the United States and elsewhere, it is common for parents to save, at least for a while, the exfoliated baby teeth of their children as a keepsake of their childhood and development.  The typical storage means is a small envelope, or decorative box. 

There are several disadvantages associated with dry storage of the exfoliated baby teeth.  The primary disadvantage is that the small teeth will continue to dry out, and become more fragile and brittle with time.  Another disadvantage is that a small box filled with tiny teeth isn’t significant as a keepsake, other than the origin of the teeth themselves.  The collective individual teeth are easily lost or mixed up with the teeth of other children.  And of course, their natural geometry combined with bloodstains lacks the display appeal of photographs, gifts, letters, and other memorabilia.

Now, for the first time, a patented series of processing steps provides a means for creating beautiful jewelry and home accessory items from your child's baby teeth.  Once disinfected, cleaned and solidified, the tiny teeth show their amazing luster like little pearls.

 

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