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TODAY’S PAPERWednesday, 30th March 2022
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Is the Tooth Fairy Forgetful?
Yes! Yes she is! Unlike Santa or the Easter Bunny, who have specific days to visit, The Tooth Fairy has to remember to visit all the children…20 times, over the course of their young lives. So of course she can be forgetful…or just really, really lazy and doesn’t want to leave the house at 10 pm at night to get to an ATM. According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, the Tooth Fairy has forgotten to visit 35% of homes at some point. Your child will lose a tooth on a random Tuesday—the same night that your kids have dance and basketball practice. Then you have to help with homework. And you still have to do the dishes. As one parent told me, “Trying to remember something at 10 pm… Who can even do that?” This may be one of the most common #parentingfails. But at least you’re not alone!
At What Age Do Children Start Losing Baby Teeth?
According to the Mayo Clinic, children’s baby teeth (also called primary teeth) begin to loosen and fall out to make room for permanent teeth at around age six or seven. However, there are children who lose teeth as early as three and as late as age eight. The first baby teeth to fall out are usually the two bottom front teeth and the two top front teeth. Molars generally fall out between ages 9 and 12 and are replaced by permanent teeth by about age 14. So, again, the Tooth Fairy can stick around for years! But, oh, those toothless children are so cute. Enjoy it, because what comes next are probably braces…and the Tooth Fairy doesn’t chip in for that cost.
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How To Avoid Tooth Inflation
The last thing you want to do is cause turmoil on the playground for your kids — or any kids for that matter — as they spill the beans on the tooth fairy going too high or too low on their deposit. Based on the USA Today article, it seems the $3-$ five range creates a nice little sweet spot. But explaining that cleaner, well-brushed, and flossed teeth receive bigger payments puts a nice plot twist in the fairy tale lore.
If spending a little more per tooth yields healthier teeth, it’s probably a tactic worth implementing. And perhaps that will equate to less time at your dentist’s office and more time tiptoeing in the dark.