How Much Truth do Tooth Fairy Surveys Hold?

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When it comes to surveys about how much the Tooth Fairy leaves children for a lost baby tooth, it may be the truth that hurts more than removing the tooth.

Regardless of how much the tooth fairy leaves at your house, the important thing is your oral health. If you’re due for a dental checkup or are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, please call Austin dentist Dr. Dan Matthews at 512-452-2273 to schedule your appointment.

Numbers Don’t Lie … Or do They?

According to the recently released findings of the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, which is sponsored by Delta Dental, the Tooth Fairy has become increasingly generous. The survey, which is based on the responses of more than 1,000 parents nationwide, indicates that the average gift left by the Tooth Fairy in 2014 was $4.36, an increase of nearly 25 percent from 2013.

Based on the poll, children in the South seemingly have more valuable teeth than those in other parts of the country. Kids in the Southern states received an average of $5.16 per tooth, while those in the West and Northeast received between $4.16 and $4.68 per tooth. The Tooth Fairy seems to devalue the teeth of Midwestern children, leaving an average of only $2.83 per tooth.

In its press release about the survey, Delta Dental presents the information as a positive economic sign, and states that “kids are benefitting from the recovering U.S. economy.” But as Time points out in the recent article “Tooth Fairy Surveys can’t be Trusted,” the figures are a bit dubious.

The Other Tooth Fairy Survey

The results of the Original Tooth Fairy Poll differ dramatically from the results gleaned by the Visa Tooth Fairy Survey, which suggests that American children received an average of $3.40 per tooth in 2014, a decrease of 8 percent from 2013 and more than $1 off the findings of the Original Tooth Fairy Poll.

Both surveys suggest a stingy Midwest (Visa indicates a rate of $3.10 per tooth), but the Visa poll indicates that the Tooth Fairy tends to spoil kids in the West (about $3.60 per tooth) over children in the South (about $3.50 per tooth).

No matter which survey you believe—if either—one thing is clear: The Tooth Fairy remains a popular fixture. Both polls indicate that the Tooth Fairy visited more than 80 percent of American homes with children who lost a primary tooth.

If you’re seeking a knowledgeable, compassionate dentist in the Austin, Texas, area, please contact Dan Matthews, DDS, online or call our office at 512-452-2273. Dr. Matthews offers a wide range of custom cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry treatments to ensure your smile is as beautiful as it is healthy.

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