The Tooth Fairy Index


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Trying to figure out a way to judge our nation’s economy? A lot of people are. Ranging from the experts of Wall Street to the at home day trader, people try to prognosticate how and when our economy will grow. 

There are the obvious ways to track the economy like home prices and interest rates. And there are some more bizarre ways, like following the sales of romance novels or the mosquito bite indicator. But allow me to present a tracking scale that beats them all:

Tooth Fairy IndexTM

The TFI was introduces by Delta Dental in 1998 and has shown a pretty accurate picture of how our economy is going based on the amount the Tooth Fairy gives for one tooth.

So far, 2021 has been looking up with an average of $4.70 per tooth. That’s an increase of $0.20 and matching right along with the growth of the S&P 500.  

“Over time, the Tooth Fairy IndexTM (TFI) shows that the value of a lost tooth is closely related to the U.S. economy. Much like Punxsutawney Phil’s Groundhog Day weather prognostication, the Original Tooth Fairy Poll has generally been a good barometer of the overall direction of the economy. In fact, for 16 of the past 19 years, the trend in average giving has tracked with the movement of the S&P 500.”

So next time you have a question about our economy, instead of asking Wall Street, let’s see what the Tooth Fairy leaves under your pillow.

Don’t Let Your 2020 Dental Insurance Lapse



Did you know? Only 2.8% of people with PPO dental plan participants reached or exceeded their plans annual maximum.

The majority of dental insurance policies have yearly out-of-pocket maximums that usually cap out at $750 to $2,000 per year. Once that maximum is reached, patients have to pay 100% of any remaining dental costs. But most people (and by most we are talking about 97.2% of people) are not using their full benefits before the end of the year.

So, if you are one of the 97.2% of people who have not used their dental benefits this year, call your dentist today and try to get in before December 31, 2020 because your benefits DO NOT roll over to 2021.

If you need to find a dentist to use your remaining benefits, try looking for one on

5 Tips to Overcoming Your Fear of the Dentist


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Is there any profession that brings out peoples fear more than the dentist? Fear of the dentist, or Dentophobia is brought on by different issues ranging from childhood experiences, to the feeling of a lack of control while sitting in the dentist chair. Whatever the issue might be, here are some tips to help you overcome your fears and help your smile become the brightest it can be.

  1. Find a dentist you trust

Overcoming a fear of the dentist all starts with trust. Ask friends and family if they have a dentist they like. If you can’t find a recommendation from someone, try Once you find your dentist…

2. Explain your fears

This information will help your dentist determine the best course of action to help you manage your fears, will build a trusting relationship and help you feel more in-control when in the dentist’s chair.

3. Deep breathing

There are many breathing exercises that can help relax you. If those don’t help, you might ask you dentist about…

4. Additional medication to help relax

Many dentists recommend nitrous oxide, sedation or anti-anxiety medication for nervous patients. Talk to your dentist about these options to see if it might help.

5. Visit your dentist regularly

The more you go, the more you’ll get used to the sights and sounds. Just regular check-ups and cleanings will also help prevent issues that might lead to other, more painful procedures, which could cause more anxiety.