Tooth Fairy Feeling Economic Bite: Payouts Drop to $4.13

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(Mankato, MN) – The economy in southern Minnesota and across the U.S. may be strong, but times are apparently a bit tough these days for the Tooth Fairy.

According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Delta Dental, the Tooth Fairy’s cash gifts dropped 11% last year to an average of $4.13, after hitting an all time high in 2016.

Even though the average price of a tooth dropped, the Tooth Fairy still paid out a healthy $271 million for lost teeth across the nation.

Other findings from the survey:

  • The Tooth Fairy visits 84 percent of the nation’s households with children.
  • More than half of parents confess that the Tooth Fairy may have missed a visit at some time.
  • Some parents say the Tooth Fairy also leaves a small toy or game (47 percent), a letter (35 percent) or a toothbrush (31 percent), in addition to or instead of money.

Regionally, Tooth Fairy payouts are highest in the West at $4.85 on average and $6.76 for the first tooth. The payouts in the Midwest are lowest with an average of $3.44 and $4.37 for the first tooth.

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