Hair Care More Important to Americans than Dental Care

This most likely surprises no one. According to a recent survey, Americans spend $100 billion annually on hair care products and only $2 billion on dental care products. Granted, most people burn through shampoo and mousse more quickly than a tube of toothpaste, but this doesn’t entirely account for the vast difference between $100 and $2 billion.

Are hair products also more expensive than dental products? Quite possibly. However, this statistic also points out how few dental care products people actually buy. If everyone was as good about replacing their toothbrushes, buying toothpaste, and flossing, these dollar amounts would be much closer together.

Everyone should replace their toothbrushes every 3 months, or sooner if the bristles have been flattened before that time. You should also go through at least one spool of floss in three months.

Just think…every time you buy a new bottle of shampoo or conditioner (probably conditioner as you will use less of it), think if it is time to replace a toothbrush. Next time you replace your scrunchies, ask yourself when you last bought a new toothbrush or floss. If you can’t remember when, it’s definitely time to replace your toothbrush. If you can’t remember when you last bought floss, then you probably aren’t flossing enough.

Remember, the more you spend in upkeep with your dental products means the less you get to spend in a dental office fixing problems.

Tooth Fairy is Giving More for Teeth in 2013

ToothFairyWith the economy a bit low, one would think that even the Tooth Fairy has fallen on hard times, but apparently the low economy has made her even more generous. An annual survey conducted by Visa found that American children received 23% more in 2013 than they did in 2012, roughly $3.70 per tooth. A child could therefore earn close to $75 for all of their baby teeth.

In the Northeast, she gave kids an average of $4.10 per tooth, gave $3.70 to kids in the West and South, and gave Midwest children $3.30 per tooth.

The survey also discovered that 10% of all children will find more than $5 per tooth, the Tooth Fairy gave more to children to young parents than any other group, and in some extreme cases, the Tooth Fairy gave $20 and $50 per tooth!

While it is purely up to the Tooth Fairy’s discretion how much she leaves per child, and we know this time is fun for both parents and the kids, you may want to talk to the Tooth Fairy about how much she leaves. Visa’s head of US Financial Education, Nat Sillin, has advised that this is a perfect time for parents to talk to their children about saving their money as well.

There is even a free Tooth Fairy app parents can use to talk to the Tooth Fairy about how much money she should pay per tooth.

Why Does Toothpaste Make Orange Juice Taste Bitter?

Two things we all learn at a young age are that you should never drink orange juice or milk shortly after you brush your teeth. Doing so leaves a horrific result on your taste buds that you never forget all the way through adulthood.

Have you ever wanted to know why toothpaste makes orange juice taste so badly?  The American Chemical Society has the answer for you. They have created a delightful video series called Bytesize Science, and their latest episode illustrates why this bad-tasting phenomenon occurs.

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