Losing Baby Teeth & Negotiating With the Tooth Fairy

Baby teeth come and baby teeth go.
It’s all part of the process
Of how little grins grow.

It’s cutesy but true—that really is part of how little grins grow. And in case it’s been a while since you lost your first tooth, it may be helpful to remember that for some kids, losing a tooth can be scary!

Losing Baby Teeth & Negotiating With the Tooth Fairy

Enter the Tooth Fairy, who easily takes the edge off any potential discomfort and anxiety around losing a tooth. She (or he) can also be an effective tool to reinforce oral hygiene education and establish good brushing habits. For example, some say the Tooth Fairy pays more for teeth that have been well-maintained.

The baby teeth chart here shows that kids typically start losing teeth between ages six to 12. Baby teeth can fall out in any order, but it often happens in the same order in which they arrived. In short, that means it usually begins with the middle teeth around age 6 and ends with the molars between ages 9-12.

A few years ago, Visa did a study that showed the average going rate the Tooth Fairy pays for a good tooth is $3. Of course, that depends on a number of factors, including location, family income and more. But it’s good to know, especially for those of us whose kids who are shrewd negotiators. While your Tooth Fairy Fund shouldn’t involve significant financial planning, it’s still nice to have an idea of what’s in store in the coming years for your kid’s smile.

How much does a baby tooth fetch from the Tooth Fairy at your house?

Chart: When baby teeth come in and fall out

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