Tooth Fairy regular visitor in Canadian homes

January 27, 2005 — Ottawa — Yes Virginia, there is a tooth fairy — at least in Canada. In a recent public survey conducted by the Canadian Dental Association, only 14% of respondents disapproved of the traditional nocturnal visits of the dental imp — where legend dictates that she leaves behind coins in return for baby teeth to build a palace for the tooth queen. In fact, a full 25% of surveyed adults reported a belief in the fairy herself.

"Finding that loonie under your pillow is exciting stuff when you're six years old," said Canadian Dental Association president, Dr. Alfred Dean. "Losing a first baby tooth is an important milestone in a child's life that is recognized in many different cultures.

"It also means that the first adult tooth is not far behind. We think it's a great opportunity to talk to kids about the importance of good oral health. After all, the fairy queen wants a shiny white throne — not one with cavities and black spots."

The survey sampled 1870 adult Canadians in French and English from November to December 2004. Other questions asked about brushing and flossing habits; removing junk food from schools; attitudes towards dentistry; attendance at the dentist and other issues. Further information is available from the contact listed below.

The Canadian Dental Association is the authoritative national voice of dentistry, dedicated to the representation and advancement of the profession, nationally and internationally, and to the achievement of optimal oral health.