Tooth Fairy Economy Improving

Thursday, March 7th, 2013, 10:59 pm

The economic problems of the last several years affected most of us, including the Tooth Fairy. But the economy is improving and business in Fairyland seems to be picking up as well. It seems that the amount of money left by the Tooth Fairy in 2012 increased by 32 cents to an average amount of $2.42. Can this be Tooth Fairy inflation?

Each year the folks at Delta Dental run the Original Tooth Fairy Poll. In 2011 the average gift from the Tooth Fairy actually decreased by 42 cents – to an average of $2.10.  Of course not all children receive the average amount – it seems to vary depending upon the family circumstances and which tooth was lost. The Tooth Fairy seems to be more generous for the first tooth, leaving more money for tooth #1 in 46% of homes. Children could expect an average of $3.49 for their first tooth and about 90% of homes with children experienced visits from the Tooth Fairy.

About half of kids who have lost teeth find $1 under their pillow – 51% of the Tooth Fairy respondents said that was the amount they usually leave.

The survey didn’t ask the Tooth Fairy about cavities in those little teeth, but dentists know that tooth decay is skyrocketing among our smallest patients. This increase is especially shocking because the dental caries rate in children had gone down over the past 60 years. Why is this happening and what can parents do to protect their children’s teeth?

There are several reasons for the increase in cavities but primarily we see children who do lots of snacking. These kids are also drinking juice or other beverages (other than tap water) throughout the day. When teeth are constantly bathed in the acids and sugars from soft drinks or fruit juices the enamel becomes soft and it is easy to develop cavities. Constant snacking on high carbohydrate munchies also creates lots of food for the bad bacteria that cause tooth decay. Limit the snacking and juice to specific times and have your child rinse their mouth with plain water after the snack – this will help wash away food debris and sugars. Help your child brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and floss once each day.

Visits to the dental hygienist for dental cleanings and routine examinations are important even for little teeth.

To find out more information about protecting your child’s teeth please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.

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