Like most Americans, the Tooth Fairy has had to make some cut backs in recent years. The amount paid for lost teeth has been on a decline. Last year the average amount left by the Tooth Fairy was $2.10 whereas the year before it was $2.52. The Tooth Fairy, like many Americans needed to tighten her belt in 2011, but she is hopeful for a recovery in 2012. The 17% drop is one of the largest declines since the Delta Dental survey began in 1998.
The Original Tooth Fairy Poll, which surveyed 1,355 parents across the country, yielded these additional findings:
The most common amount left under the pillow by the Tooth Fairy is $1.
Most children find more money under the pillow for their first lost baby tooth.
Thirty-five percent of those surveyed allow their children three to four sugary drinks a day.
Seventy-one percent of those surveyed first take their child to the dentist between 23 years of age, rather than the recommended age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts.
The most encouraging results of the poll were that 90% of parents surveyed say that they take their children to the dentist every six months. This is terrific news because making dental checkups a priority will go a long way in promoting a lifetime of excellent oral health.
To help with this longtime tradition, you can take the poll at www.theoriginaltoothfairypoll.com
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