Economy Takes Its Toll on the Tooth Fairy

Friday, August 26th, 2011, 12:18 pm

Pity the poor tooth fairy. The poor economy has even affected how much those baby teeth are worth when placed under a pillow. We know this because Visa does a survey on the subject every year.

Visa surveyed about 1,000 parents and found that the national average for those little lost teeth is around $2.60. This is down 40 cents from 2010 when kids were getting an average of $3.00 from the tooth fairy. About 9o% of children receive visits from the winged dental diva.

There are some things you can do to make the visits from the tooth fairy even more fun than finding coins under the pillow. We might even include a little education about oral healthcare. Here are a few suggestions – feel free to leave comments with your own ideas!

  • If the money is in the form of paper bills you could tie it up in dental floss.
  • Include a new toothbrush or fun flavored toothpaste.
  • Try a note from the tooth fairy praising such nice clean teeth, maybe a bonus for no cavities.
  • Sprinkle a little fairy dust (glitter) on the pillow and next to the toothbrush in the bathroom. “Look, the tooth fairy checked to make sure you brushed”.

All children should have their first dental visit by their first birthday. Regular dental visits allow the child to become comfortable in the dental office and ensures that we can catch any small problems before they become big ones. Regular visits as the child grows also give us plenty of opportunities to teach good home care habits – truly a gift for a lifetime of better dental health!

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa at 706-886-9439 with any questions about your child’s dental health or to schedule a consultation.

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