Tooth Fairy Payouts At Highest Level Ever, According to Delta Dental

New findings from Delta Dental’s Original Tooth Fairy Poll show the Tooth Fairy’s average cash gift reached its highest point in the 23-year history of the poll for a total of $4.70 per tooth.

Delta Dental has been analyzing the Tooth Fairy’s U.S. annual giving trends since 1998.

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. 2020’s giving marks the highest all-time average gift of $4.70 per tooth, four-cents higher than the previous peak in 2017 at $4.66. 

The value of lost tooth and the economy

Delta Dental’s Original Tooth Fairy Poll has typically mirrored the economy’s overall direction, tracking with the trends of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) for 16 of the past 19 years.

In 2019, a single lost tooth was valued at $4.03, and the 2020 survey shows upward growth to $4.70, a 17% increase.

Over the same time, the S&P 500 also experienced growth, with a 19% increase, reaching its highest average since its inception.

The Original Tooth Fairy Poll was conducted between December 28, 2020, and January 8, 2021, among a nationally representative sample of 1,000+ parents of children ages 6-12. The margin of error is +/- 3%.

The January 2020 S&P 500 average was 3,159 and increased to an average of 3,750 for January 2021.

For more information about the Delta Dental-sponsored survey and oral health tips for infants to pre-teen, visit The Original Tooth Fairy Poll.

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Through these companies, Delta Dental is the nation’s largest dental insurance provider, covering more than 80 million Americans and offering the country’s largest dental network with approximately 153,000 participating dentists.

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