Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Is there a halachic obligation to bury teeth that have fallen out, just as one buries other body parts that become detached?

If not, why?
Does the same apply to detached skin? Or hair?

Related: Do surgically removed body parts require Kevurah?
(I think this is different from the other question because teeth are more "transient" (similar to hair) than other body parts, therefore more likely not to require burial.)

share|improve this question
I'm kind of expecting the answer to be no, but I didn't want to assume anything. – HodofHod Sep 21 '11 at 22:32
I wonder if the answer is different for baby teeth vs. adult teeth. – Ernest Friedman-Hill Sep 22 '11 at 0:39
up vote 12 down vote accepted

See question #533 over here:

Many contemporary Poskim rule that teeth that fall out or are extracted may simply be discarded and do not require burial or any other special treatment. There is no difference between adults and children or between baby teeth or permanent teeth.

See Shu"t Mishneh Halachos Vol. 16 Siman 113 where he brings some opinions of special handling necessary for extracted baby teeth. He also writes a story about the Noda B'Yehuda requiring burial for teeth.

For Halacha L'Ma'aseh a Rav should be consulted.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.