Tooth Fairy Now Paying Out $2.42 On Average

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According to a poll conducted by the nonprofit Delta Dental Plans Association, parents are shelling out more for their children’s teeth than ever before while posing as the Tooth Fairy. The results of the survey indicate that the average amount that children receive from the Tooth Fairy per lost tooth has risen from $2.10 in 2011 to $2.42 in 2012. The polling was done by contacting more than 1,200 primary caregivers via email and interviewing them.

A spokesman for Delta Dental believes that the results of the survey are indicative of what is going on in the country’s broader economic picture, reports Latinos Post

“When times are tough, parents can't be as generous,” spokesman Bill Hupp said. “If the market and economy are improving, parents can afford to give a little more with their tooth fairy donations.”

The Tooth Fairly poll doesn’t just have economic relevance. It is meaningful for health reasons as well. Happ said that the survey gives parents a chance to talk to their children about the importance of taking care of their teeth. This is especially vital because kids who are losing their baby teeth are still young enough to lay the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health.

“The tooth fairy per se is not necessarily about oral health, but parents can say something to the effect of, the tooth fairy would like it if she picks up healthy baby teeth,” Hupp said.

Delta Dental has been conducting the annual Tooth Fairy poll since 1998. The nonprofit’s website says that the survey is “a fun way to gauge how generous the tiny fairy had been in the previous year.”

If you’re interested, you can take the poll by following this link.

Source: (Latinos Post)