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2011 Tooth Fairy Poll

Eagan, MN (Vocus/PRWEB) March 03, 2011

Tooth Fairy giving is steadily increasing, according to Delta Dental of Minnesotas annual Tooth Fairy Poll*. Nationally the average is $ 2.52, which is an 18 percent increase over last years average of $ 2.13. In Minnesota, children receive an average of $ 2.01 per tooth it increased slightly (2.6 percent) from last years average of $ 1.96.

This years Tooth Fairy Poll average reflects the stable increase were seeing in other areas of the economy, said Ann Johnson, director of community affairs for Delta Dental of Minnesota. For example, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 17.2 percent during the same time period. The Tooth Fairy may be another indicator that the economy is on pace for a steady recovery.

We asked a new question on this years Tooth Fairy Poll: After you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, should you rinse your mouth? Approximately 64 percent answered yes. This response is interesting because its not correct, said Johnson. Its a common misconception. We should spit out any remaining toothpaste, but we should NOT rinse our mouths with water after brushing our teeth, because the remaining fluoride toothpaste helps protect the teeth against tooth decay.


High School Football Kickoff Signals the Annual Rush of Youth Tooth Losses, says San Antonio Cosmetic Dentist

San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) September 28, 2011

High school football kicked off around the country this month, ushering in another year of youth sports, during which 3 million student teeth are expected to be lost, says veteran San Antonio cosmetic dentist Edward Camacho, DDS.

Athletics are an important part of health and social growth,Dr. Camacho said. But they provide risks to childrens mouths that can have long-term consequences. Its vital that parents understand and guard against these risks, and know first-aid procedures that may save a tooth thats been knocked out.

According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, about 3 million teeth will be knocked out as about 30 million youths participate in athletics this year. In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General reports that craniofacial injuries account for a full third of all non-fatal sports injuries overall. And its not just football, with its violent clashes of pads and helmets.

Basketball and baseball are the two biggest mouth-injuring sports, reports Dr. Stephen Mitchell, of the University of Alabamas Department of Pediatric Dentistry. And the most common injuries we see are broken, displaced or knocked-out teeth, and broken jaws.

In part, this is because mouthguards and face-protecting helmets are not required for many sports, as they are in football, hockey and lacrosse. Mitchell recommends custom-fit mouthguards as the most effective insurance against tooth trauma for youth with permanent teeth. For younger children, with baby teeth, he recommends over-the-counter mouthguards that can be heated and molded to the teeth since their dentition is in transition.

About a quarter of dental injuries can still occur with mouthguards in place. Quick first-aid action and dental treatment may save a lost tooth, Dr. Camacho said. And the cost of not acting quickly to save a permanent tooth can be dramatic.

The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimates that the cost to treat a lost permanent tooth and provide followup care ranges from $ 5,000 to $ 20,000 over a lifetime.

If a tooth is broken or cracked, parents should get the young athlete to the dentist within 24 hours, Dr.Camacho said. But if the tooth is knocked out, there is no time to wait. Action must be taken within minutes to have the best chance to save the tooth. First aid steps include: