Wait, HOW much is the Tooth Fairy shelling out per tooth these days?

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Dealing with backtalking kids

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.

tooth fairy illustration

Info graphic provided by The Original Tooth Fairy Poll

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.

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