Tooth Fairy Costs Up Again

Friday, August 30th, 2013, 5:33 pm

The price of a tooth for the Tooth Fairy has gone up again. Every year the Visa credit card company performs a survey to discover what the average rate for all those lost teeth is across America. 

This year the Tooth Fairy is leaving an average of $3.70 per lost tooth – a 23% increase over last year’s average of $3 per tooth. The Tooth Fairy must be feeling especially generous because the amount has grown from an average of $2.60 per tooth in 2011. Parents remember that when they were children they usually found a quarter under their pillow.

The Tooth Fairy seems to be more generous for the first tooth lost. Some kids receive as much as $20 for the first tooth lost and then receive $1 to $5 for each tooth after that.

Confused about what the “right” amount is for your area? Visa can help with that too. They have a downloadable “Tooth Fairy Calculator” app that figures in parental ages, income bracket and educational level. It seems that the amount the Tooth Fairy leaves also varies by region. Children in the Northeast are getting the most, at $4.10 on average, per tooth. In the West the average is $3.70 and in the South $3.60. Midwestern kids are getting the least at an average of $3.30 per tooth.

Children’s primary teeth are designed to fall out as their permanent teeth erupt. Just because those teeth are temporary doesn’t mean they don’t need to be cared for. These early teeth are softer and more susceptible to tooth decay than adult teeth. Brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly are important. Tooth decay is rampant among young children today and untreated cavities can cause severe toothache pain. Healthy habits for those early teeth will transfer to those permanent teeth when they arrive and the gift of a lifetime of good oral health is a wonderful thing to give your child.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule visits for your entire family – we look forward to seeing you.



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