Even the Tooth Fairy Feels the Pinch in a Tough Economy

Back when I was a kid, the Tooth Fairy might leave a shiny quarter under my pillow for a lost tooth.  Through the years, keeping up with inflation, the Tooth Fairy increasingly left more and more cash for the pearly whites of childhood.  But in The Original Tooth Fairy Poll®, a survey conducted annually by Delta Dental Plans Association since 1998, more than 1,300 parents reported the going rate for a lost tooth in America dropped 42 cents since last year to $2.10 this year.

“Like many Americans, the Tooth Fairy needed to tighten her belt in 2011, but she’s hopeful for a recovery this year,” said Chris Pyle, spokesperson for the Delta Dental Plans Association.    “More importantly, Delta Dental is encouraged that parents are still making visits to the dentist a priority for their children.”  In fact, 90 percent of those surveyed say they take their children to the dentist every six months.

To read more and to take the poll yourself, visit http://www.theoriginaltoothfairypoll.com/

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