SEATTLE — Apparently the average baby tooth may be a better growth investment than the average stock on the S&P 500.
The going rate for a lost tooth as set by the Tooth Fairy climbed to $3.50 last year. That’s up more than 44% from 2012 when the average reward left under the pillow was $2.42.
Over the same time period the S&P 500 gained just 29.6%.
The numbers come from the latest Delta Dental Original Tooth Fairy Poll which surveys more than 1,000 parents nationwide.
Here are some of the other findings from the poll:
- The Tooth Fairy was even more generous for first-time tooth giving, leaving more money for the first tooth than for other teeth in 59 percent of homes. On average, the amount given for the first tooth was $4.51. This is a 29.2 percent increase from last year.
- The Tooth Fairy visited 86 percent of U.S. homes with children who lost a tooth.
- The Tooth Fairy left cash for kids in 98 percent of the homes she visited. Two percent of children received toys, gum or other gifts.
- The most common amount left under the pillow by the Tooth Fairy was $1 (42 percent received this amount).
- Twenty-eight percent of kids received $5 or more for each lost tooth.
If you think these numbers are wildly incorrect maybe you should add your voice to the poll. Take it here.