Tooth fairy gifts up 32¢ in 2012

Perhaps an improved economy has reached the tooth fairy? The average gift from the tooth fairy was $2.42 last year, up 32¢ from $2.10 in 2011, according to Delta Dental's Original Tooth Fairy Poll.

The average gift from the tooth fairy decreased by 42¢ from 2010 to 2011. In 2012, the most common amount left under the pillow was $1, given by 51% of respondents.

According to the poll, the tooth fairy was more generous for the first tooth, leaving more money for the first tooth in 46% of homes. On average, the amount given for the first tooth was $3.49. In 2012, the tooth fairy visited nearly 90% of U.S. homes with children who lost a tooth.

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