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Keeping in step with the national economy, the amount of money the tooth fairy is leaving in exchange for kids' baby teeth has slightly increased from last year, according to a Minnesota dental firm's 2011 Tooth Fairy Poll.
The survey found an 18 percent increase in tooth fairy spending, up to $2.52 per tooth from last year's average of $2.13. Minnesota's average was slightly below the national numbers.
Ninety percent of parents said that the economic recession did not affect the amount of money their children received for losing their baby teeth.
Tooth fairy gifts range between one penny and $100, according to the results.
The Tooth Fairy Poll also uncovered several other dental health trends among the participants.
About 64 percent of respondents said they believe a person should rinse their mouth with water after brushing their teeth with a fluoride toothpaste. However, Ann Johnson, the director of community affairs at the local dental clinic said that this is a common misconception.
Johnson recommends that individuals spit out any toothpaste that is left in one's mouth after brushing, but do not rinse with water because this will remove the protective fluoride from teeth.
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