It’s costing the Tooth Fairy more than ever to pay out for lost teeth. Delta Dental has released new findings from its Original Tooth Fairy Poll and it shows a 30-cent increase in the Tooth Fairy's average cash gift this year. The new total is $4.03 per tooth.
The newly disclosed value of a lost tooth has more than tripled since its inception when the value of a lost tooth was $1.30.
**FYI: Snapshot from different parts of the United States:
- $4.35 – The Northeast: Leads U.S. regions in highest average monetary gift for a lost tooth, outranking The West, which led the previous two years in a row.
- $4.01 – The South: Tracks most closely to the overall U.S. average.
- $3.97 – The West: Decreased 22 cents, moving from highest regional average last year to third regional average this year.
- $3.71 – The Midwest: Increased 74 cents over last year but remains lower than the national average for the second year in a row.
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