Abby Ryan

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Tooth Fairy payouts this year are over $4 a tooth

The insurance company Delta Dental has something called the “Tooth Fairy Index,” which tracks how much the Tooth Fairy leaves for a tooth.  The average payout jumped 33 cents to over FOUR BUCKS per tooth!

The national average now sits at $4.03, up from $3.70 last year.  Though, that’s still lower than the all-time high of more than $4.50 in 2017.  Kids in the Northeast are currently getting the biggest payouts at $4.35 on average.  In the South, it’s 4.01, out West, $3.97 and kids here in the Midwest are getting hosed, at just $3.71 per tooth.

So is four bucks a tooth fair?  Or too much?  Another recent survey asked over 7,500 people: 53% said somewhere between $1 and $5 sounds about right.  11% said less than $1 per tooth, 3% said more than $20, and roughly 1 in 7 Americans think kids should get NOTHING from the Tooth Fairy!

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