Entries in Tooth Fairy (2)


Average ‘Tooth Fairy’ Gift Is $2.42 a Tooth

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Parents are becoming more generous when playing the Tooth Fairy, according to a new survey.  The average tooth gift was $2.42 in 2012, up from $2.10 in 2011.

The annual poll was conducted by nonprofit Delta Dental Plans Association, a network of dental service corporations based in Oak Brook, Ill.  Over 1,200 primary caregivers were surveyed through email interviews, Delta Dental said.

“When times are tough, parents can’t be as generous,” said spokesman Bill Hupp.  “If the market and economy are improving, parents can afford to give a little more with their tooth fairy donations.”

The tooth fairy may seem like a pleasant publicity opportunity for Delta Dental, but Hupp said it’s also a good opportunity for parents to promote good oral health with their kids from a young age -- that is, when they are losing their baby teeth.

“The tooth fairy per se is not necessarily about oral health, but parents can say something to the effect of, 'The tooth fairy would like it if she picks up healthy baby teeth,'” Hupp said.

Monica Bielanko, a freelancer writer and blogger with the parenting website, said some parents overvalue teeth when it comes to what the tooth fairy is dishing.

“Parents have already pretty much lost control of Christmas and Easter.  Now the tooth fairy is trying to worm her way into the financial mix?” Bielanko, 35, told ABC News.  She recalls receiving coins for her teeth, or “maybe a buck for a molar.”

In fact, Bielanko, of Bellefonte, Penn., blogged about this topic on in 2011.  That’s when Sherri Shepherd, co-host of ABC’s The View, tweeted about her 6-year-old son, who lost his first tooth, and expressed shock over some parents who were giving $20 a tooth to their children. and ABC News are both owned by the Walt Disney Corporation.

A mother of a 4-year old daughter and 2-year old son, Bielanko and her husband have discussed giving tooth fairy money to their kids but have not yet waved the wand.

She said they might leave a dollar in quarters for each tooth, sprinkled with glitter.

“We plan to play up the magical angle, not the money angle,” she said.

“Tooth fairy visits are about magic and the excitement of being visited by a fairy in the dark of night, not cash,” she said.  “If your kid is into cold, hard cash, you’re doing something wrong.  Remember: $2 in quarters is infinitely more exciting to a little kid than a $20 bill.”

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‘Tooth Fairy’ Gave $3 Per Tooth on Average This Year

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The “tooth fairy” gave $3 per tooth on average to children this year, up 15 percent from last year, according to a survey by credit card company Visa.

Visa also released a free app and online tool, the Tooth Fairy Calculator, that determines how much children in comparable households are receiving from the Tooth Fairy, based on demographics like age, gender, home state, income and education levels.

The calculator was released as part of Visa’s free financial education program, Practical Money Skills for Life.

It’s unclear how exactly Visa is coming up with its guidance and if kids who live in more expensive areas should get more money from the tooth fairy.

Plugging in a male parent’s age of 33 with a college education and making $75,000 yields a $2 gift from the tooth fairy. Change the parent’s gender to female and the kid gets lucky with a $2 gift from the tooth fairy.  Then change the state of residence to New York and you get a less-valuable tooth for a gift of $1.

The survey was conducted from July 13 to 17 through 2,000 telephone interviews in cooperation with GfK Roper’s Omnibus Service “OmnitTel.”

Here’s how much the tooth fairy gave all the other kids, including those lucky ones who found Abraham Lincoln under their pillows:

  • Less than a dollar: 3 percent of those surveyed, down from 7 percent last year.
  • Exactly $1: 30 percent, up from 29 percent last year.
  • Between $2 to $4: 13 percent, down from 18 percent last year.
  • Exactly $5: 18 percent, same as last year.
  • More than $5: 8 percent, up from 3 percent last year.

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