The price for baby teeth is on the rise. Just let that sink in
for a second so you can be prepared for the next bit of
information. The national average paid per tooth ...$3.70.
That's according survey results just released by Visa,
showing the price of the little chompers has risen 23 percent year
over year. In 2012, the average was $3, up from 2011's average of
So a child sitting on a full set of 20 baby teeth has an average
of $74 of net worth tied up in their little yapper. If the trend
holds, a child may do well to hold on to their oral investment for
as many years as he or she can, rather than spending their money in
the volatile toy and candy markets.
And in the category of "There's an app for that?" Visa
has also complied all its data into an
iPhone app that advises parents, based on their
demographics, what their peers are shelling out per tooth.
So ... I'm 29, live in Illinois, college educated, not married,
two members in the family (the child is purely hypothetical), and
my income level is ... yeah, putting that online ... and
calculating, calculating ... I should be giving my kid $3 per
What do you think? Is the Tooth Fairy putting a price fix on
parents to keep the rate artificially high? Or are a few extra
dollars warranted for a kid who has to spend the next few months
looking like a starting forward on a minor league hockey team.
Graham is the digital editor for ChicagoParent.com
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