Children in America are receiving more money for their lost baby teeth than ever before, research has confirmed. In New York, the average fee paid by parents under the guise of the Tooth Fairy has reached $13.25.
A survey carried out by oral health company, Sunstar Gum, revealed that parents in Los Angeles are also very generous, with an average offering of $9.69 per tooth. The survey involved around 1,000 people and focused on five cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Houston.
Although average donations were very high in New York, the survey showed significant variations between different cities. The findings ranged from $5.02 in Boston to over $13 in New York.
One mother who took part in the survey said that parents tend to give two or three times the average in New York, purely because everything tends to be bigger and bolder in New York City.
Delta Dental’s Original Tooth Fairy Poll showed that American parents left more than $225 million under their children’s pillows last year.
From seeing the spooky forceps and needles to even smelling dental compounds, 5-8% of patients refuse to seek dental care all together and 20% of patients will only go to the dentist when necessary.
I think I have odontophobia. What can I do to prevent panic during visits?
Easier said than done - practice positive self-talk! Tell yourself “YOU CAN DO IT!”
Make sure to remind yourself “everything WILL be okay.” Your dentist is a professional and is someone you can trust.
Don’t be nervous - speak up to your dentist. Let him/her know when you’re having a rough time. Listening to your concerns face-to-face helps both sides - you and your dentist. Your dentist can help make an ideal and reasonable commitment that makes you feel comfortable because dental health is SO important! Knowledge is power!
Download your favorite podcast, album, or playlist before heading to the office. Distract your thoughts and link the experience to something you ENJOY.
Don’t forget headphones! Your dentist will not be upset if you put your headphones in to distract your thoughts.
Take deep breaths! Think about pleasant experiences in your life to stay calm.
Here at Fabulous Smiles, we have a therapy dog named Bailey that will ease any panic you might have.
You never outgrow your smile!
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