Out­look poor on mo­lars

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS -

As eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors go, this might be one of the more, uh, mag­i­cal.

The Delta Den­tal Plans As­so­ci­a­tion, based in Oak Brook, Ill., re­ports that the av­er­age child in 2011 re­ceived 42 cents less per tooth from the tooth fairy than the year be­fore, ac­cord­ing to the Orig­i­nal Tooth Fairy Poll. That’s a 17% per-tooth drop, one of the larger year-to-year de­clines seen in the an­nual sur­vey con­ducted since 1998.

“Like many Amer­i­cans, the tooth fairy needed to tighten her belt in 2011, but she’s hopeful for a re­cov­ery this year,” Delta spokesman Chris Pyle said in a news re­lease.

Sur­vey re­spon­dents said the av­er­age tooth was worth only $2.10 to a kid in 2011, although the most com­mon amount left un­der the pil­low at night was $1.

It may not be a sci­en­tific sur­vey, but Out­liers notes that the news re­lease in­cluded a re­fresh­ing dose of sta­tis­ti­cal-dis­clo­sure in­for­ma­tion: Delta re­ported sur­vey­ing 1,355 re­spon­dents, for a mar­gin of er­ror of plus or mi­nus 2.66 per­cent­age points at a 95% con­fi­dence level. Would that po­lit­i­cal sur­veys these days were dis­closed so care­fully.

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