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Recession Can Affect Tooth Fairy Payouts

The tough economy can mean less money under the pillow when kids lose their teeth. In a recent survey, a child today can expect to receive an average of $3.19 under his pillow from the tooth fairy. That is down 24 cents from a year ago.

This year's decline may be a  result of more parents—er, tooth fairies—paying $1 per tooth and fewer paying $5 per tooth. Tooth fairy payouts range from 5% paying $20 or more per tooth to 33% getting $1 per tooth.

Other interesting health facts:

  • Vitamin C may speed recovery from oral surgery.
  • A combination of ibuprofen (400-600mg) and Tylenol (1000mg) may prove beneficial for moderate to severe pain. Have your doctor advise.
  • Foods with low ph levels, such as pickles, fresh fruit, yogurt, and soft drinks can contribute to dental erosion.
  • Chewing gum can help rid of food particles caught between teeth and also help prevent plaque buildup by stimulating saliva production. Xlyitol is an ingredient that has been shown to have anti-cavity potential
  • Tooth decay, also known as dental caries, is an infectious, transmissible disease.
  • Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.
  • Bacteria in your mouth known as plaque is the most common cause of periodontal disease.
  • If the plaque on your teeth is not regularly removed by brushing and flossing, it will harden into tartar, also known as calculus.
  • Periodontal disease is painless. Gum inflammation is being routinely linked to systemic problems such as heart disease
  • Oral cancer occurs twice as frequently in men as women.
  • Tobacco is the primary cause of oral cancers.
  • 75% of people don’t change their toothbrush as often as they should.
  • Toothbrushes should be changed after a cold or flu and/or every two to three months.
  • More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
  • 73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.
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