OAK BROOK, Ill. (February 24, 2015) - The days of getting a quarter for a lost baby tooth are long gone. The average gift from the Tooth Fairy reached a new high of $4.36 last year, up 86 cents from $3.50 in 2013, according to The Original Tooth Fairy Poll® sponsored by Delta Dental.1 In 2014, the Tooth Fairy left a staggering $255 million for lost teeth based on Delta Dental estimates.
According to the poll, the Tooth Fairy was even more generous with first-time tooth losers, leaving more money for the first tooth in 40 percent of homes. On average, the amount given for the first tooth was $5.74, a 27 percent increase from 2013.
"Tooth Fairy visits are a great way to make losing teeth less scary and more enjoyable for kids," said Jennifer Elliott, vice president of marketing at Delta Dental Plans Association. "Children start losing baby teeth around age 6. Before this age, parents should teach kids about good oral health habits and healthy teeth, and let kids know that healthy teeth make the Tooth Fairy happy."
The Tooth Fairy Leaves More than Money
Delta Dental's survey found that in 88 percent of the homes she visited, the Tooth Fairy left cash for kids, either by itself or in combination with other gifts. Kids who got a gift in addition to or instead of cash most often received a toy, game, toothbrush, toothpaste, book, doll, stuffed animal or dental floss.
Other findings from The Original Tooth Fairy Poll, which surveyed more than 1,000 parents nationwide, include:
"It can be hard for young kids to understand the importance of oral health, but the Tooth Fairy is doing a great job of helping them get more excited about taking care of their teeth by leaving gifts that promote brushing and flossing," Elliott said.
For more information about The Original Tooth Fairy Poll and ways to make your child's Tooth Fairy experience extra special, visit originaltoothfairypoll.com.
1 Kelton, a leading global insights firm, conducted The Original Tooth Fairy Poll® on behalf of Delta Dental with 1,003 parents of children ages 6 to 12 across the United States.