National Smile Month has got us thinking about the Tooth Fairy, of course, we believe in her, and she’s always smiling.
A quick dip into the internet found that we are leaving up to £10 for those children who make sure their first teeth that have been lost are safely tucked under the pillow.
Bizarrely, we found that one survey said more than a third of parents allowed their children to spend tooth fairy money on sweets.
If our maths are somewhere near right, the average payment left under the pillow is £2.10
But it seems some parents want to spoil their little ones with a tenner topping the figures we found – that’s £200 for a full set of 20 milk teeth.
On one forum the going rate was £5, and some parents appeared to be in negotiations with their children over the price paid out. Ahh, bless.
We suspect the fairy rates vary according to where you live in the country. In the affluent south no doubt, the figure would be high, and we wonder what the Black Country rates are these days. Any ideas?
Here are a few fairy ‘facts’
The Tooth Fairy lives in Neverland also known as Fairyland, along with Tinkerbell
She is a tiny fairy-like Tinkerbell, and they are excellent friends
Tooth fairy creates magic from children’s teeth that protect the fairies from hawks who might otherwise eat them
When the Tooth Fairy brings lost teeth to Fairyland, teeth are then planted in a Real Dream Tree at the Royal Fairy Castle. Did you know that your teeth have magical powers? They contain the energy of a smile, according to legend
The Dream Tree can grow and glow
Every year the Queen of the Fairies holds a ball in honour of the ‘Earthies’ who have lost their teeth
The Tooth Fairy always comes in the middle of the night
She always tip-toes onto the pillow of sleeping children so not to wake them and then leaves a gift
In Argentina, there is a little mouse named ”El Raton Perez” that comes and takes the tooth from under the pillow and leaves coins
Most children have a full set of 20 baby teeth by the age of three and start losing them by the age of five or six
They tend to fall out in the same order they came, with the front centre lower teeth going first
It takes six or more years to grow a full set of 28 adult teeth – 32 if you include wisdom teeth which arrive right at the back of the mouth around the age of 20
It’s essential to help young children care for their teeth properly – it is a lifetime investment
At North Street Dental we delight in meeting children. If you’re looking for a family dentist with family values come and check us out.