Tooth Fairy drops benefits in 2014

It’s been 1,449 years since Saint Columba saw a monster in Loch Ness, and this is not the winter of our discontent although Friday, Aug. 22, does mark the 529th anniversary of the fall of Richard III.

Friday also marks National Tooth Fairy Day, as proclaimed by Visa.

In 2014, American tooth-losing youngsters are losing more than teeth.

They are also losing money, compared to last year.

According to the survey:

•  American children are receiving an average of $3.40 per lost tooth, down 8 percent from 2013. For 20 baby teeth, that’s $68 versus $74 last year.

•  Fathers have assisted the Tooth Fairy more than mothers, leaving an average of $4.20 against mom’s $2.90.

•  33 percent of tooth-losers will get $1.

•  3.6 percent of parents report that her Dental Fairyness left $20 or more, down from 6 percent last year.

•  Canadian children fare less well than those to the south, earning an average of $2.60 (U.S.) per tooth.

•  Tooth-bereft children in the American West earn $3.60 per item, while kids in the South and Northeast receive $3.50. Children in the Midwest, alas, earn but $3.10.