The Tooth Fairy continues to give Midwestern kids the least amount of money for a lost tooth, while other areas of the country are seeing significant increases in giving despite the pandemic.
Children in the Midwest receive an average of $3.66 for a lost tooth — down a nickel from last year, according to the latest Original Tooth Fairy Poll results released by Delta Dental of Illinois.
Meanwhile, about half the kids in the nation are receiving more than $5 a tooth. The West saw a nearly $2 increase over the past two years, up to $5.54. The Northeast continues to lead the nation with a giving rate of $5.72. And the South saw a modest increase to $4.45.
“Regardless of the dollar amount, many families have fun anticipating the arrival of the Tooth Fairy to celebrate the loss of a tooth,” said Dr. Sheila Strock, vice president of dental services and science officer at Delta Dental of Illinois. “Preparing for a visit from the Tooth Fairy is a great opportunity for parents to educate their children about the importance of good oral health habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating and drinking tooth-friendly foods and beverages, and visiting the dentist regularly.”
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