Survey: Tooth fairy is tightening her purse strings


What does the tooth fairy leave your children? Read below to see how your children fair against others across the nation. Thanks for visiting Saddle Rock Pediatric Dentistry of Aurora, CO. 

FOSTER CITY, Calif., USA: American children are receiving an average of $3.40 per lost tooth this year, down 8 percent from last year, according to Visa’s annual Tooth Fairy survey. For a full set of 20 baby teeth, American kids will be getting a slightly more modest, but still hefty, $68, down from $74 last year.

Additional findings from the survey include:

  • Fathers reported a far more indulgent Tooth Fairy, saying that the Fairy left 45 percent more than moms said she did: $4.20 vs. $2.90.
  • The Fairy may be giving just what she has in her pocket; over 50 percent of kids will get either $1 or $5.
  • 33 percent of respondents reported that the Tooth Fairy left a dollar.
  • Only 3.6 percent said that the Tooth Fairy left $20 or more, down from 6 percent in 2013.
  • Kids in Canada are receiving the equivalent of $2.60 in U.S. dollars on average this year with the exchange rate, the same amount the Tooth Fairy was leaving kids in the U.S. in 2011.
  • The Tooth Fairy spoiled kids in the West the most, leaving $3.60. Kids in the South and Northeast will each receive an average of about $3.50. The Tooth Fairy was at her most thrifty in the Midwest, leaving an average of only $3.10.

The survey results are based on approximately 3,000 telephone interviews among adults aged 18 or older and approximately 1,000 among households with children under age 13.

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