New survey shows Tooth Fairy payments have fallen

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A new survey has revealed that the average payment from the Tooth Fairy has fallen.

A poll conducted by cosmetic dental brand, Your Smile Direct, showed that nationally, there has been a decrease of 10% in the last 3 years, with the average payment per tooth falling from £2.10 to £1.90.

More than a quarter of children are given a £1 coin in exchange for their tooth, while 24% get £2. Ten per cent of kids receive £10, while 2% are given more than £20 per tooth. Eight per cent of children don’t receive a visit from the Tooth Fairy.

More than 90 per cent of parents of children aged under 5 said that their child believes in the Tooth Fairy. More than a third of kids spend their money on sweets, with a third buying toys.

Dr Mark-Anthony Shepherd, lead dentist at Your Smile Direct, joked that in uncertain times, even the Tooth Fairy is making cuts, but over 90% of parents still give their child a small amount of money when they lose a tooth. Dr Shepherd admitted that it is disappointing to see that so many children spend their cash on sweets and urged parents to encourage them to buy toys or books instead.

Children usually start to lose their milk teeth at around the age of 5-7 years old, but poor oral hygiene and a sugary diet can contribute to premature tooth loss. Decay is the most common cause of hospital admissions among children in the UK.

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