How Much Is the Tooth Fairy Leaving these Days?

How Much Is the Tooth Fairy Leaving these Days? - dentist in Boynton Beach

How Much Is the Tooth Fairy Leaving these Days?

If you’re a dentist – in Boynton Beach or Barcelona, it doesn’t matter – you’re bound to get questions about the Tooth Fairy. (Seriously, what does she do with all those teeth she collects?) Here at H.A.B. Dental, we were delighted when we came across an article that actually sheds a little light on the history of what you have to admit is a rather unusual cultural icon. 

Where Did The Tooth Fairy Come From?, written by Kristina Killgrove , PhD, a bioarchaeologist at the University of West Florida, appeared on on If you normally spend your time researching things like Bioarchaeology in the Roman World. Migration and Mobility in Imperial Rome and Faces of Oplontis: Bioarchaeology in the Bay of Naples, as Killgrove does, doing a little research on the history of the Tooth Fairy might be your idea of wild and crazy fun. 

How Much Is a Tooth Worth?

If you’re wondering why Forbes, a noted resource in the world of business and economics, might be interested in the Tooth Fairy, it comes down – as so many things do! – to the question of money. “That has generally been explained with reference to market economies,” Killgore said before quoting folklorists Rosemary Wells and Tad Tuleja, who apparently were the first to do serious research on the Tooth Fairy. “‘The market system cannot function without the continued surrender of hoarded goods: free exchange is its lifeblood.’”  

Based on that, Killgore says one would have to conclude that, “Parents are teaching their children about monetization and the free market when they exchange a tooth for money.” She found that a little hard to swallow. 

There is no doubt, however, that inflation plays a part in the affairs of the Tooth Fairy. 

According to Killgore, “Wells has shown that the Tooth Fairy’s reward is indeed subject to inflation.  Between 1900 and 1975, the average going rate of a lost tooth rose from 12 cents to 85 cents.”

These days, the Tooth Fairy is reported to give an average of $3.70 per tooth – and that’s down from a previous high of about $5.  

When it comes to negotiating rates with the Tooth Fairy, you’re on your own but, if you’re looking for a dentist in Boynton Beach, Florida who can provide your family with excellent dental care, you’ll be happy to know that H.A.B. Dental offers financing. Please contact us to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile today!

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