Even the Tooth Fairy's rates are rising

It seems like consumers are getting socked on every side by higher prices. Now, even kids' lost teeth cost more.

By Aimee Picchi Feb 28, 2013 12:46PM

Image: Loose tooth © Blend Images, SuperStockIf it seems like you can't get out of bed without the cost of gas, food or services going up, now comes news that the going rate for lost baby teeth has also spiked.


The Tooth Fairy last year left an average of $2.42 per lost tooth, a jump of 15.2% from 2011, according to a poll from insurance company Delta Dental. That rise comes after the Tooth Fairy hit on tough times in 2011, when the per-tooth gift declined. 


The higher rates for lost baby teeth might not be all bad news, however. Dental Dental says its "Original Tooth Fairy Poll" actually correlates to the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX), with the poll and the stock index moving in tandem in nine of the last 10 years. 


Last year, the S&P 500 jumped 13.4%, almost matching the Tooth Fairy's 15.2% gain, the poll says. 


All teeth aren't created equal, the survey found. The Tooth Fairy is most generous for a child's first tooth. That milestone in a kid's adult-tooth development is marked with a gift of $3.49, on average. 


The Tooth Fairy visited almost 90% of U.S. homes where children lost a tooth, and the gift of choice was cash (for 98% of children). The other 2% of tooth-losers received toys, candy, gum or other gifts. 


More than one-fifth of kids hit it big, with the Tooth Fairy leaving $5 for each lost tooth. The most common amount left under the pillow, however, was $1, with about half of all kids receiving a George Washington in exchange.


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Feb 28, 2013 2:35PM
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When I was a child I got a quarter for each tooth.  I thought that was great back then.
Feb 28, 2013 2:39PM
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Makes perfect since to me.

Lose teeth............ get candy

Get candy...............lose more teeth

 

Feb 28, 2013 3:40PM
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I went to the bank and got a stash of $1 gold coins.  We leave one of those under the pillow.  The fact that it isn't just a regular old dollar bill makes it more "exotic"...thus, something the tooth fairy would likley do. 
Feb 28, 2013 3:37PM
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i got a quarter and was happy with it, but, there was a REAL penny candy store to spend it in.

I used to save up my money for comic books!

Feb 28, 2013 3:20PM
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I can see both sides of the argument.  NO NEED for all the "GD" referenced below.  I see why people don't like the idea of 'lying' to their children.  Yet, we have movies for adults as well as kids that are the same sort of mindset.  Be it Harry Potter or the X Men, it's all make-believe.  We just need to take the time and explain, when the time comes, the traditions of Christmas, Easter and the Tooth Fairy.  Not much harm done if your kids are healthy, normal kids.  If they're whacked, well, they've got a tough time ahead anyway.  The Tooth Fairy won't likely make them ax murderers...
Feb 28, 2013 3:41PM
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Go to the bank and get some Gold one dollar coins or Silver dollars. Just the size or sparkle will amaze your children because they are not used to seeing those coins and determine them to be very special "tooth fairy" coins.  My boys put their tooth in a ziploc bag and I swap it out with the coin in the ziploc - it slides out from underneath their pillow easier and is not as easily lost.
Feb 28, 2013 3:41PM
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Must be a 'slow day' for MSN Money!!!
Feb 28, 2013 2:42PM
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I think this is semi useful reference.  My kids are still toddlers but I have wondered about that, how much the Tooth Fairy is paying nowadays.  The article talks about averages but I think we still have to use word of mouth with people in your area, see what the going rate is in your area, because I would imagine you wouldn't want your child getting too little or too much compared to other kids.  They're in school at that point and I imagine they'll be comparing what they got....I can't believe it but I have zero memory of it in regards to me.  So, this is old age.
Feb 28, 2013 3:57PM
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use to get mine in pennies .all over the bed
Feb 28, 2013 5:11PM
Feb 28, 2013 5:31PM
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The tooth fairy that comes to my house pays what the house can afford.  My children are all grown now but getting them grown wasn't easy.  If the tooth fairy had a dollar in her purse she could part with...that's what was left under the pillow.  My kids did not complain and did not 'compare' with the neighborhood.  Good grief!  I don't think the kids will fact check the tooth fairy!  Really? 
Feb 28, 2013 5:00PM
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I got a quarter for each tooth too. Back in the 50's that would buy five candy bars. Boy am I old!!!!!!!
Mar 1, 2013 8:55PM
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my kid got $10.00 per regular tooth and now that she is missing the baby molars, the tooth pays more for those since they are bigger and ore painful a wopping $40.00!

I know, I know what everybody out there is thinking, but you know what you're a kid only once, so why not make the best of it, while they still believe in that magic!

Feb 28, 2013 3:31PM
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who leaves $2.42 cents................really
Feb 28, 2013 4:27PM
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There may not be a tooth fairy to adults but to my 12 grandkids there is. There is also God whose name you should not take in vain. Bless you and hope you do not have kids or grandkids
Feb 28, 2013 4:12PM
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$1 (gold dollar) is what my grandson gets...the others aren't quite old enough.
Feb 28, 2013 4:48PM
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I need to consider changing occupations and growing wings  LOL
Feb 28, 2013 4:30PM
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Times have certainly changed since the Tooth Fairy paid me a visit on those times when I lost a baby tooth or two. Most teeth when I was a kid netted me $.10 a tooth, unless it was a molar. Then I got $.25 for them. I guess the Tooth Fairy got a bing advance.
Feb 28, 2013 4:25PM
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Back in the 50's, I got a dime, of course 3' of candy dots were a penny...
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