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According to an article published in Dental Aegis, “Tooth Fairy Spending” has been steadily on the rise since 2013. The article indicates that Visa has been conducting an annual survey in order to better understand American spending habits. According to this survey, the average American child receives $3.70 per tooth lost this year. The article explains that this is a large increase of 23% from averages in 2012, and an even more astonishing 42% increase from 2011 average compensation per tooth.
The survey also uncovered some interesting geographic insights around where the Tooth Fairy tends to be most generous in the United States. The Tooth Fairy seems to spend more on children in the northeast region of the US, where the average child receives $4.10 per tooth lost. After the northeast, children in the west receive an average of $3.70 per tooth lost, and children in the south receive an average of $3.60 per tooth lost. Interestingly enough, children in the midwest receive the least sizable reward amount, with an average of $3.30 per tooth lost.
Overall, close to 10% of children will receive more than $5 for a lost tooth. In 2011, this number was closer to 3%. If you think $5 is a little overkill, wait until you hear this: the survey also reports that 6% of all American children receive $20 or more from the Tooth Fairy, and 2% have received $50… all for a lost baby tooth.
Apparently, gone are the days of tossing a couple of quarters under your child’s pillow as a minor celebration for their recently lost baby tooth. While losing a tooth can certainly be exciting for a child, it is important to remember to select your rewards thoughtfully - don’t feel pressured to match “the norm” if you’re not fiscally and morally comfortable doing so. It’s your child, so at the end of the day, it’s your decision!
If you find yourself needing help while learning how to select the proper range for your child’s Tooth Fairy reward, don’t worry. Based on all of its collected data, Visa has created a free Tooth Fairy app that allows parents to calculate a reward amount for their child given their financial, demographic, and employment situations. It might be fun to look at! If you’d like to check out the calculator online, go to: https://www.facebook.com/ToothFairyCalculator.
About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan, the offices of Drs. Delaney, Plunkett, Ralstrom, Makowski, Thanasas, Ker, and Associates
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan have specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. The pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults, including being an Invisalign preferred provider. The ability to treat all special needs patients reaches beyond our facility, which has treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy. Valued hospital affiliations allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children's Hospital when needed.
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan
39400 Garfield Rd., Suite 200
Clinton Township, MI 48038
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