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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.

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