19 Jul Tooth Fairy
Here at HAB Dental in Boynton Beach and Boca Raton, we are big fans of the Tooth Fairy. As Dr. Rosemary Baghdassarian, who has been rated among the best dentists in Boynton Beach, FL for years by her patients, explains, the Tooth Fairy is a great way to get children interested in oral health.
We can assume that the budding capitalists in your family are also fans. Kids expect a lot from the Tooth Fairy these days. In fact, according to a survey by Delta Dental, the payout for a tooth has increased to about $4.
The Original Tooth Fairy Poll® 2020
You may be surprised to learn that Delta Dental, which is the nonprofit association of all the independent Delta Dental insurance companies across the country, has been keeping track of the Tooth Fairy’s giving trends for more than 20 years.
When the first Original Tooth Fairy Poll was conducted in 1998, a child in the United States could expect to receive approximately $1.30 for every tooth that they lost. The most recent poll, which was conducted between Dec. 30, 2019, and Jan. 11, 2020, among a nationally representative sample of 1,000 parents of children ages 6-12, reveals that the average value of a tooth these days is $4.03.
Last year, the average value was $3.70, so the Tooth Fairy is dealing with some serious inflation. If you do the math, it works out to an increase of almost 9 percent! (Delta Dental reports that, “Over the same time period, the S&P 500 also experienced growth, with a 22% increase, reaching its highest average since the inception of the Original Tooth Fairy survey.” Coincidence? You decide.)
The survey breaks down the cost on a regional basis. Here in the southern part of the country, the average is $4.01. If it’s any consolation, parents in the Northeast are having to pay even more; their average is $4.35.
If you would like to make an appointment for your child at either the Boynton Beach or Boca Raton location of HAB Dental, please contact us.