Tooth fairy survey reveals tooth value in 5 major cities

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY: The tooth fairy's payouts varies greatly around the U.S., according to a new survey.

Posted: February 24, 2015

According to a new survey from Sunstar GUM, the tooth fairy's payouts vary greatly in major cities across the U.S. The oral health care company found that on average the magic money-leaving entity gives about $13.25 per tooth in New York City, well above the norm in other areas of the country. Sunstar GUM surveyed 1,000 families from five major metropolitan areas: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Dallas/Houston. 

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Sunstar GUM found that in general, dads tend to give out twice as much money as moms. The price of teeth in NYC appears especially exorbitant when compared to other major urban hubs. Los Angeles ranked second for highest price per tooth, coming in at an average of $9.69. For Chicago, Boston and Dallas/Houston, the average price per tooth ranged between $5 and $6, but many parents even find that price to be a bit extreme. 

Yahoo Parenting conducted an informal survey of approximately 100 parents from the U.S. in response to the research by Sunstar GUM. Most respondents stated they only provided $1 to $5 per tooth. Moreover, Sunstar GUM's research is limited considering the survey was only given to families in major cities, where the cost of living is generally higher.

The Original Tooth Fairy Poll, conducted by Delta Dental since 1998, provides a more inclusive picture. The source noted that in the U.S., money left by the tooth fairy has steadily increased since 1999. Whereas the average tooth was worth about $1 at the turn of the millennium, it is now worth approximately $4.36. Delta Dental also tracks how much is left by the tooth fairy in other nations across the globe, such as Canada, Costa Rica, Brazil, Ireland, Spain and Japan. 

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