British children receive almost £24 million each year from the Tooth Fairy, according to the results of a new nationwide survey. The poll, conducted by the Oral Health Foundation, found that the nation’s youngsters are receiving an average of £1.58 per tooth. The charity surveyed more than 2,000 parents, from across the United Kingdom, to find out how much the Tooth Fairy leaves for a child’s baby teeth when they fall out. With roughly 15 million baby teeth falling out each year, it is estimated that the Tooth Fairy is sprinkling out £23.7 million annually, a whopping 43.6% more since 2011 (£16.5 million).

Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, says: ‘The Tooth Fairy business is increasingly lucrative and has seen major inflation in recent years, but it is really important that children are mindful of just how precious the baby teeth they are placing under their pillows are.

‘Many believe that milk teeth don’t need to be healthy, as they will just fall out anyway, but this could not be further from the truth.

‘The health of children’s baby teeth and their oral health in adulthood are closely linked so it is vital that a child’s mouth is kept clean and healthy. We want to see children’s milk teeth fall out naturally and healthily, free from signs of decay.’

Here at Market House Dental Practice, it is our aim to ensure your child gets to 18 years old without the need for fillings. A wonderful gift to your child.