Got a fiver for that tooth? According to a new survey from Delta Dental of Arizona, the Tooth Fairy does! Findings from Delta Dentalâ€™s Original Tooth Fairy PollÂ® show that the Tooth Fairyâ€™s average cash gift reached its highest point in the 23-year history of the poll for a total of $4.70 per tooth. Here in the West, the Tooth Fairy upped her giving by nearly $2 over the last 12 months, leaving an average of $5.54 for a lost tooth.
â€œClearly the Western states, like Arizona, are a great place to live if youâ€™re a kid with a wiggly tooth,â€ said Tiffany Di Giacinto, director of marketing and communications at Delta Dental of Arizona. â€œHaving the Tooth Fairy visit to celebrate the loss of a tooth is a time-honored tradition, and 2020 was no exception. Many parents welcomed the Tooth Fairy into their homes last year as a way to teach their kids about the importance of oral health and embrace some much-needed, light-hearted fun along the way.â€
The average value of a lost tooth has more than tripled since Delta Dental began analyzing the Tooth Fairyâ€™s annual giving trends in 1998, when the value of a lost tooth was $1.30. The current value of a lost toothâ€”$4.70â€”is the highest payout in the history of the survey, four-cents higher than the previous peak in 2017 at $4.66.
The Original Tooth Fairy Poll typically mirrors the economyâ€™s overall direction, tracking with the movement of Standard & Poorâ€™s 500 Index (S&P 500) for 16 of the past 19 years. Over the last year, the average Tooth Fairy payout increased 17%, from $4.03 to $4.70. Over the same time period, the S&P 500 also experienced growth, with a 19% increase, reaching its highest average since the inception of the Original Tooth Fairy Poll.
Other Tooth Fairy stats:
â€¢ The Tooth Fairy visits 78% of the nationâ€™s homes with children ages 6-12.
â€¢ Around half of parents welcome the Tooth Fairy into their homes to give their child something to be excited about (53%) and to celebrate something fun (48%).
â€¢ Almost half of children (49%) are receiving at least $5 for each tooth they lose.
â€¢ The value of a first tooth is $5.87 on averageâ€”over a dollar more than what a typical tooth receives.
â€¢ Over one in four parents (28%) say the Tooth Fairy was one of their childâ€™s favorite surprises during the pandemic.
For tips on talking to your child about good oral health habits or for ideas on making the first Tooth Fairy visit extra-special, visit the Delta Dental of Arizona Blog at http://www.deltadentalazblog.com.