Baby Teeth Come with a Hefty Price Tag for Parents, According to Creve Coeur Dental

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The professionals at Creve Coeur Dental are commenting on the changing practices of rewarding children for lost baby teeth.

The professionals at Creve Coeur Dental, who provide restorative, cosmetic, and general dentistry services, are issuing comment on a new piece that covers the increase in price for a baby tooth that has fallen out. It is a longstanding tradition that children can place a baby tooth that has fallen out under their pillow and expect to receive money for it. However, when today’s parents were children, this sum was usually just a quarter. Now kids are commanding up to five dollars for their missing molars.

Jennifer Belemu notes that she can still remember the thrill of finding a quarter under her pillow after she lost a tooth, even though her baby teeth fell out 35 years ago. She explains though that the practice of leaving baby teeth for the tooth fairy has changed greatly, as her own daughter now expects $5 for her molars. However, since daughter Sage has only just begun losing her baby teeth, Belemu notes, “I thought a dollar was more than fair. She has 19 more teeth to lose.”

While a $5 price tag for a missing baby tooth may seem excessive to some parents, it is considered average for school-aged children. Belemu notes that many kids at Sage’s school earn that much when they lose a tooth.

A survey by Delta Dental Plans Association, which is a nonprofit provider of dental benefits, explains that parents acting as “the Tooth Fairy” are paying 15 percent more than they did in 2011 when their kids lost teeth. This jump means that kids are raking in an average of $2.42 each time they get rid of a baby tooth. This is an increase from $2.10 in 2011.

The professionals at Creve Coeur Dental comment on this stating, “While it is a fun tradition to reward children for lost teeth. It is important that parents do not take this custom overboard. Though the money portion of the tradition makes it exciting, moms and dads should also make it a point to explain oral hygiene to their kids as their sensitive permanent molars are growing in.”

The survey’s findings, which come from a sample of 1,200 parents across the country, have some concerned that the tooth fairy practice is overindulging children and heightening their expectations for a reward when a tooth comes out.

Tara Foster, a mom of three from Delaware, explains that her eldest daughter only received $1 for each lost tooth. Her two younger children get $2. However, Foster notes that some kids at school receive $5 and $10 for their missing molars. Foster feels that this is unnecessary, noting, “That’s way too much. It’s kind of crazy.”

The professionals at Creve Coeur Dental believe in the importance of celebrating the development of permanent molars, but encourage parents to take the emphasis off of the monetary reward and placing it on getting permanent molars to develop well.

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The team at Creve Coeur Dental offers restorative, cosmetic, and general dentistry services to those residing in Frontenac, Clayton, Ladue, and St. Louis, Missouri. They cater toward a diverse group of patients: ranging from young children, those with special needs, and elderly individuals. During an appointment, a patient can expect a thorough exam of the teeth, gums, throat, mouth, head, and neck. These check-ups help to ensure that the patient will experience good oral hygiene for years to come.

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