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What should I do with these baby teeth?

Asked by jonsblond (43452points) April 9th, 2018
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I’ve been helping my 83 yr old father sort through boxes stored in his home. He gave me a box that my mother had labeled with my name. It had my grade school art projects, birth announcement, grade school class pictures, report cards and envelopes with my baby teeth.

What do I do with these teeth? Humor is most welcome but I still need some ideas. Tossing them in the garbage seems so wrong.

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Jeruba's avatar

Do students of dentistry need real teeth to practice on?

Of course, you could try putting them under your pillow first.

ragingloli's avatar

Voodoo necklace, or armband.

canidmajor's avatar

If spring ever arrives, plant them in the garden and grow new babies.

janbb's avatar

Sorry – toss ‘em.

gondwanalon's avatar

You could put your baby teeth on display in a baby teeth organizer. They sell them on eBay.

Or try to sell them on eBay for a lot of money. Say they’re from Shirley Temple.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Save them for your kids, maybe they’ll clone you someday, if you’re nice….haha

Jeruba's avatar

Egad, @gondwanalon didn’t make that up. I was going to congratulate him on a really good gotcha because nobody would make and sell something as idiotic as that. Just goes to prove what I used to say when looking at novelty mail order catalogs: “There’s nothing so stupid that somebody won’t buy it.”

Dutchess_III's avatar

Ah, just stick them in a cabinet somewhere until one of your ancestors has the presence of mind to throw them out!

canidmajor's avatar

But that’s the problem, @Dutchess_III, if the ancestors had thrown them out, she wouldn’t be contemplating making jewelry of them and selling them on eBay! :-D

Dutchess_III's avatar

Gack!!

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Save for Ancestry DNA test. Ask if they can take DNA from teeth instead of the usual spit test. Your baby teeth. Give as a heirloom to your kids.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I WOULD FREAK OUT IF MY MOTHER GAVE ME HER BABY TEETH!!

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Dutchess_III You can bury them with you. When you die.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I DON’T WANT THEM! This has the makings of the kind of scary stories we used to tell each other as kids. Ghost coming around looking for their teeth. Or the teeth come back to life and bites people’s eyeballs out.

My mom actually kept my baby teeth in a green jar. No clue what happened to them.

gondwanalon's avatar

You want weird?

Almost 5 years ago I woke up in ICU after a heart operation and saw a little jar on the stand next to my bed. It contained my heart’s left atrial appendage (LAA). I didn’t ask for it and certainly didn’t expect it to be given to me. The surgeon who performed a “Mini-maze” procedure on my heart just though that I might like to have it.

I made a joke saying that I’ll have it freeze-dried and bronzed. Never did. I sits today in the back of my book self. Can’t bring myself to throw it away.

Maybe I can sell it on eBay?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Dutchess_III you can cremeate them and toss in the wind.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Bones don’t cremate.

Dutchess_III's avatar

And why would I have to burn them? Can’t I just throw them in the river just the way they are?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Dutchess_III It might weird you out if they are in a river somewhere waiting for you. You can launch them into space for $1,000 a pound. That might weird you out too, but then you would be the cool grandma whose teeth went into space. You can turn into power with a mortar and pestal. Or whatever method is done now.

KNOWITALL's avatar

What are you doing with the rest of the stuff? Just curious.

jonsblond's avatar

@Dutchess Sam and Dean Winchester burn bones all the time to put ghosts to rest.

jonsblond's avatar

@Knowitall I’m not sure yet. It was a small box so it doesn’t take up too much room for now. I need to scan the photos. I’m sure I’ll junk the report cards. I’ve been going through every box I have and getting rid of things so our move will be easier.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’ll take the report cards!

Well, you can smash them up more easily after they’ve burned. Pretty sure that’s what funeral homes do, but IDK.
And who the hell is Sam and Dean Winchester? Are they your baby teeth? Did you name them?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Ohhhh.

jonsblond's avatar

I told my husband about this question. He said he’d suggest grinding them then snort the powder.

I love that man.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Aethelwine Tell him to come back for a visit sometime! :)

Soubresaut's avatar

Baby teeth don’t take up much space. I’d probably find a nice, appropriately-sized box (if you hold onto small jewelry-sized gift boxes, one of those would probably work) and pick a safe place to store them—for me, it would probably be with the few other mementos I hold onto for sentimental reasons but don’t display.

LadyMarissa's avatar

You didn’t say how many teeth; but if there’s enough, make a necklace or earrings & give them to your partner in crime so you’re together even when you’re apart!!!

Another idea…buy some resin off Amazon & make a paperweight with the teeth encased in the resin.Then give it to your partner in crime because your smart-ass children will find them gross!!!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Why would anyone even save baby teeth?? I didn’t save my kid’s baby teeth. Mom saved mine. There were in this little green glass jar and I thought it was gross.

jonsblond's avatar

I’m gross. :D

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