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How Much Tooth Fairy Should Pay

What's the Tooth Fairy's Going Rate in Your House?

Back in 2010, the average payout from the tooth fairy for a lost tooth was $2.13. Nowadays, kids are raking in a bit more, with a 2012 survey from Delta Dental reporting an average of $2.40 per baby tooth, and $3.40 for a child's very first lost tooth. The study also found that while 51 percent of kids received just a dollar per tooth last year, 22 percent scored more than $5 per pearly white.

The variance in tooth fairy payout got us wondering — what's the going rate in your household? Some parents turn missing teeth into a monumental affair, starting their very own traditions with special pillows or props, while others pay little attention to the event. Do you scrounge up whatever pocket change is around on the evenings of missing teeth, or hit the ATM to make sure that payment is both substantial and consistent? Tell us about the tooth fairy's visits to your house — we want to hear what our readers are doing!

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