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It’s a right of passage when a child loses a tooth.  You pop it under your pillow when you go to sleep, and the next day you discover that the Tooth Fairy has come and swapped your tooth for a shiny coin. It’s exciting and magical and something children look forward to. I don’t know about you but I typically got a dollar for losing a tooth. But things have changed. So how much is the tooth fairy giving per tooth these days? A whopping $4.70 on average! Can I get some back payments because I feel jipped! Raisin UK conducted a study to find out just how much money is handed out by tooth faires worldwide each year. However, despite their research, they were unable to answer the question of where exactly Tooth Faries get their money from.

US Tooth Fairies going rate is $4.70 for one tooth!

US tooth fairies have a higher budget than those in the UK, where this study took place. On average, US children are receiving $4.70 per tooth. This amounts to just under $100 ($94) for their full set of baby teeth! This does, however, vary by region. The Northeast gets an average of $4.35 per tooth whereas the midwest is just $3.71. I guess cost of living gets taken into account by fairies! But just how much money is this? Well, children under 14 represent around 21% of the population or just over 60 million people. At just one tooth a year that would put the total to $283.1 million per year. Whatever side job tooth fairies have to afford this I’d like to apply!

Why the inflation and difference in prices?

Yes, the Tooth Fairy has different rates all across the world.  This can be because of how far they have to travel or for things like unclean bedrooms, not going to bed on time, and not eating vegetables. Yes friends, just like Santa, tooth fairies are all-knowing.

How was the study conducted?

Each child has around 20 baby teeth that fall out by the time they are aged 12-14. Raisin UK analyzed data to find out how much each parent has to pay out for each tooth when they fall out, and which areas pay the most. We used the population from ages 0-14 and used the data to multiply by the amount of 20 teeth. The cost per tooth given by parents or the ‘tooth fairy’ was taken from multiple studies by Delta Dental and Stem Protect.

Were you surprised at tooth fairies going rate per tooth? Read the full study here