Delta Dental of Arizona Reports Tooth Fairy Gets New Record High for Value of a Lost Tooth
By Alison Bailin -
Wednesday Feb 23, 2022
â€” The Tooth Fairy has expanded her giving yet again, according to a new survey from Delta Dental of Arizona. Findings from Delta Dentalâ€™s 2022 Original Tooth Fairy PollÂ® show the Tooth Fairy's average cash gift reached $5.36 per tooth, a record high in the 24-year history of the poll!
Delta Dental has been analyzing the Tooth Fairy's U.S. annual giving trends since 1998. The newly disclosed value of a lost tooth has more than quadrupled since the inception of the Original Tooth Fairy PollÂ® when the value of a lost tooth was $1.30. This yearâ€™s poll illuminates the highest all-time average gift of $5.36 per tooth, which is 66 cents (14%) higher than the previous peak at $4.70 last year and well over $1 (33%) more per tooth since 2020 ($4.03).
â€œLosing a tooth can sometimes be an anxious time for little ones. But itâ€™s also an exciting time! The Tooth Fairy is an engaging tool for parents and caregivers to teach children about oral health,â€ said Dr. Heather Schneider, dental director at Delta Dental of Arizona. â€œCelebrating the Tooth Fairyâ€™s visit can help ease the nerves that come with losing a tooth and can get children excited to learn more about what happens to loose teethâ€”and in 24 years of tracking Tooth Fairy giving, weâ€™ve loved watching the Tooth Fairy inspire good oral health habits across the generations.â€
The Original Tooth Fairy PollÂ® has typically mirrored the economy's overall direction, tracking with the trends of Standard & Poor's 500 Index (S&P 500) for 17 of the past 20 years. Last year, a single lost tooth was valued at $4.70, and this year's survey indicates a 14% upward growth to $5.36. Over the same time, the S&P 500 also experienced growth, with a 17.6% increase.
Other Tooth Fairy stats:
â€¢ 1 in 5 children say the Tooth Fairy was one of their childâ€™s favorite surprises during the pandemic
â€¢ The Tooth Fairy visits nearly nine in 10 homes of children who have lost a tooth
â€¢ 56% of parents say she has forgotten to visit their home in the past
â€¢ 70% of parents say moms are the family member that serves as the Tooth Fairy helper
Though the Tooth Fairy continues to work hard, occasionally she misses a home. Here are some common reasons parents say she has missed leaving money under the pillow:
â€¢ Monsoon season â€“ Heavy rains and strong winds pose a threat, forcing her to return home
â€¢ Technical difficulties â€“ When running low on fairy dust, the Tooth Fairy is not able to fly
â€¢ Out sick â€“ Sometimes she needs to stay home to avoid spreading germs
â€¢ Overtime â€“ The Tooth Fairy works alone, so sometimes she needs to spread her home visits out over a few nights
For tips on talking with your kids about good oral health habits or for ways to make celebrating the Tooth Fairy extra-special, visit the Delta Dental of Arizona blog at http://www.deltadentalazblog.com