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Pressing dental care issue: How much should the tooth fairy pay?
Updated: 2/27/2009 5:00:28 PM

Pressing dental care issue: How much should the tooth fairy pay? With the economy the way it is today, what is the going rate for teeth given to tooth fairy these days?

The question was probably one of the more humorous elements in a survey from the Chicago Dental Society, which is currently holding its 144th annual Midwinter Meeting for more than 30,000 dental health professionals.

More than 300 of the society's members responded to the fall survey and more than half of the respondents said $1 per tooth was a fair price for the tooth fairy, which is the same amount that was reported in a 2003 survey about the same issue.

However, more than 16 percent of respondents suggested the pay should be bumped to $2 with a little more than 17 percent urging for up to $5 a tooth. It was not clear if the 2003 survey had any suggestions about a bump in pay for the collector of children's baby teeth.

The survey also asked more serious questions, specifically about the dentist's personal dental care routine. According to the report, more than 60 percent of dentists floss once a day with 22 percent admitting to not flossing daily.

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