How much money should the tooth fairy bring?

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Today’s tooth fairy needs a lot more silver than she did in 1900, when she left an average of twelve cents. In 1998, the tooth fairy left an average of one dollar. In 2014, the going rate for a lost tooth reached an all-time high with an average of $4.36*. Just keep in mind that you need to keep it consistent, with children losing 20 baby teeth in their lifetime. Multiply that by the amount of kids you have and it could be a costly exercise if you start with anything too high! Kids will compare their tooth money on the playground, and so going overboard with the fairy’s gift can cause problems with your child’s friends and neighbours. Staying within the one to five dollar range while explaining that the tooth fairy pays more for perfectly clean teeth that have been well brushed and flossed may help explain fluctuations in the rewards different tooth fairies leave. Cassie | Practice Manager

*Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Delta Dental Plans Association. Image: Bigstock.com

I can’t afford regular dental care. Are there some resources available to me?

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Medicare provides free dental treatment to children under 18 if families are eligible. To find out more, call Medicare on 132 011 to see if you meet the criteria for free dental for your child.

Adult patients can visit their local hospital to see if they are eligible for a hospital voucher for dental care. We at Albany Dental do accept these dental vouchers for treatment provided. For more information, call to speak to one of our friendly staff (02) 4324 1181. Danielle | Receptionist.