The Tooth Fairy Gives HOW Much?

by Sandi on March 28, 2011

The Tooth Fairy Gives HOW Much?

Whether it’s the result of an improving economy or simple generosity, the Tooth Fairy is slipping a lot of money under pillows in exchange for baby teeth. The nationwide average in 2010 was $2.52 per tooth, an 18 percent increase from a year earlier.

That’s the word from the annual Tooth Fairy Poll conducted by Delta Dental of Minnesota, which points to the busy fairies as proof the economy is gradually improving.

While the Tooth Fairy increased her handout by 18 percent in 2010, the Dow Jones Industrial Average also increased 17.2 percent during the same period.

“The Tooth Fairy may be another indicator that the economy is on pace for a steady recovery,” said Ann Johnson, director of community affairs for Delta Dental of Minnesota.

Fun facts to know and tell:

  • 84 percent of parents surveyed reported that the Tooth Fairy visits their home. 
  • Tooth Fairy monetary gifts ranged from one penny to $100. 
  • 86 percent of parents surveyed reported that the state of the economy has not impacted Tooth Fairy giving in their household. 
  • 70 percent of children ages 2 and 3 years old visit a dentist for the first time. 
  • 90 percent of parents polled said their child receives a regular dental exam every six months. 
  • More than 65 percent of parents surveyed indicated their children consume an average of one to two sugary drinks and/or treats per day. 
  • 55 percent of parents report that their children brush their teeth in the morning, and 60 percent of children brush at night, while only 2.2 percent brush at noon.

–From the Editors at Netscape

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