Dr. Dorociak is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry and graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame.
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.
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