The Tooth Fairy tightened her money bag after an all-time high payout in 2016. According to the original tooth fairy pole, sponsored by Delta Dental, the Tooth Fairy's cash gifts dropped to an average of $4.13. Even though the average price of a tooth dropped, the Tooth Fairy still paid out $271 million for lost teeth across the nation. Those looking under their pillow for their first lost-tooth received an average $5.70 per tooth.
No matter how generous the Tooth Fairy decides to be, a visit from the Tooth Fairy is a great way to teach children good oral health habits at an early age. Having conversations with children about good oral health can help establish strong habits for a lifetime.
Although 89% of the homes the Tooth Fairy visits receive money, the fairy is also known to occasionally leave gifts that promote dental health, such as toothpaste or toothbrushes.