Delta Dental, based in Oak Brook, said its annual online survey of 1,355, dubbed the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, suggests children who lost a tooth received an average $2.10 in 2011, down from the average $2.52 in 2010.
"Like many Americans, the Tooth Fairy needed to tighten her belt in 2011, but she's hopeful for a recovery this year," said Chris Pyle, spokesman for the Delta Dental Plans Association. "More importantly, Delta Dental is encouraged that parents are still making visits to the dentist a priority for their children."
Pyle said the organization was happy to find 90 percent of parents participating in the survey said their children visit the dentist every six months.
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