Baby Teeth: More expensive than you think - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Baby Teeth: More expensive than you think

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Inflation hits in unexpected places every day, or in this case, night. Yes, it has even hit the Tooth Fairy. Apparently, the prices of baby teeth have gone up quite a bit over the years.

We went to the expert on this one: the dentist.

It seems most dentists must have some kind of inside knowledge of the Tooth Fairy, but which one would have the best connection?

It quickly became obvious: Dentistry For Children. They may have actually spoken with her.

Teresa Chrietzberg is a registered dental hygienist who has experienced the Tooth Fairy as a child, as a mother, and as someone on the inside.

"I think that as inflation goes up, everybody needs a raise. Things are costing more these days, so the Tooth Fairy has to pull up the slack on that," Teresa said.

A recent survey says the national average on baby teeth has increased by 23% in the last year. It went from $3.00 to $3.70.

Some were quick to say how much they were paid.

"I got a dollar," said Nancy Mendez, a Registered Dental Assistant.

"The Tooth Fairy gave me a dollar per tooth," offered Haleigh Bowdin, another Registered Dental Assistant.

In some regions, the Tooth Fairy has reportedly left $10, and occasionally $50.

"Inflation must be really high in those areas. I think maybe California where the cost of living's much higher, that would justify a little bit more," Teresa speculated.

What's the rate locally?

"The Tooth Fairy brought her $3 and a sticker," revealed Nancy.

"About a dollar a tooth," said Haleigh.

"They're worth more if they're cavity free," added Nancy.

What about investing in the Tooth Fairy Stock?

"She seems to give away a lot more money than she brings in, so I don't know about investing in a company that gives money away," Teresa pointed out.

Obviously, they do have an inside track with the Tooth Fairy.

"Do you have the Tooth Fairy's contact information?" I asked Teresa.

"I do. She has a special ring tone on my phone," she replied.

"Can I get that information?" I asked.

"Nope. You don't have clearance for that," she stated.

Dentistry for Children's Dr. Culberson Boren was out of the office at a meeting, but he says he believes baby teeth bring in more because kids are taking better care of their teeth these days.

Copyright KLTV 2013. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • East Texas teams join in on Miracle Treat Day

    East Texas teams join in on Miracle Treat Day

    Thursday, July 27 2017 11:17 PM EDT2017-07-28 03:17:39 GMT
    Ever heard the saying, "treat yourself"? Well today was the perfect day to do it, because two East Texas teams paired up with local Dairy Queens to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network.  Serving guest at the drive-thru and enjoying some ice-cream themselves, John Tyler Lions and Tyler Lee Red Raiders football took part in Miracle Treat Day.  A five dollar donation was worth a small blizzard. Who can feel bad about eating one of those ...More >>
    Ever heard the saying, "treat yourself"? Well today was the perfect day to do it, because two East Texas teams paired up with local Dairy Queens to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network.  Serving guest at the drive-thru and enjoying some ice-cream themselves, John Tyler Lions and Tyler Lee Red Raiders football took part in Miracle Treat Day.  A five dollar donation was worth a small blizzard. Who can feel bad about eating one of those ...More >>
  • Longview man sentenced to 38 years for shooting, choking his ex-wife

    Longview man sentenced to 38 years for shooting, choking his ex-wife

    Thursday, July 27 2017 11:16 PM EDT2017-07-28 03:16:17 GMT
    Jose Isabel Garcia (Source: Gregg County Judicial Records)Jose Isabel Garcia (Source: Gregg County Judicial Records)

    An East Texas man has reached a plea agreement of 38 years in prison in the case of aggravated assault with a weapon to his ex-wife.

    More >>

    An East Texas man has reached a plea agreement of 38 years in prison in the case of aggravated assault with a weapon to his ex-wife.

    More >>
  • Camp Coverage: Teammates back Ezekiel Elliot and look forward to another great season from Zeke

    Camp Coverage: Teammates back Ezekiel Elliot and look forward to another great season from Zeke

    Thursday, July 27 2017 10:59 PM EDT2017-07-28 02:59:04 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff

    Despite having a possible suspension hanging over his head, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's teammates say the 2016 1st round pick is extremely focused on football and building upon last year's success.

    More >>

    Despite having a possible suspension hanging over his head, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's teammates say the 2016 1st round pick is extremely focused on football and building upon last year's success.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly