How Much Does the Tooth Fairy Leave?


None of my children have lost any teeth yet but over the past week or so, I have been seeing news articles about tooth value inflation such as this one pop up in my Facebook newsfeed and I have to admit, it caught my attention.

I can remember getting a dollar and a few quarters under my pillow as a child but it looks like those days are gone.  I understand that things cost more today than they did when I was young and so it follows that the value of a tooth should increase but OMG, with an average of about $4 per tooth and the amount of teeth each child loses, the tooth fairy must be loaded!  I want her job!

When the time comes and my oldest daughter loses a tooth, I think polling other parents in the area is great advice and keeping the tooth fairy’s generosity in the same ball park will help keep the tooth fairy’s “magic” alive.

Kids talk and will likely share the news of the tooth fairy’s visit with their friends.  I don’t want my kids to wonder why their buddies got more/less money than them for losing a tooth.  As a general rule in our house, we like to keep things on the simpler side when it comes to this kind of stuff and not go overboard with Santa, the Easter Bunny, etc. I suppose the tooth fairy falls into this same category.

What is the going rate for a lost tooth in your house?  Do you give more for the first tooth lost?  How does this compare to the amount you received for a lost tooth as a child?

8 thoughts on “How Much Does the Tooth Fairy Leave?

  1. I’ll admit, for Jack’s first tooth, I left $5…just for the first one and my neighbors gave me a hard time about it. In my own defense, I was completely caught off guard when the tooth came out and that was all I had. We did have Jack write a letter to the Tooth Fairy with his first tooth that turned out just precious. The second tooth went down to a dollar and the tooth fairy was a day late…we just explained that maybe he or his brother was a little awake when the fairy stopped by and she’d try back again the next day.


  2. I remember the price for my teeth varying from $0.50 to $1.00… probably depending on how much case the tooth fairy had lying around. The first molar definitely scored at least $1.00, though… maybe even $2.00 (think I might have gotten an actual 2 dollar bill for that one). In case you’re wondering….. the tooth fairy stuck around a long time in my house until, in 5th grade, she finally said it was time to move on… along with Santa and the Easter Bunny. I didn’t want to give up the magic! 🙂


  3. Oh gosh, we left dollar coins – they are gold and much more fun looking than regular paper money. Confession – a few times we forgot which left us in a sticky situation…fortunately, there was a thunderstorm one night (her wings get wet and she can’t fly) and another time we “pretended” that she dropped it behind the bed! The crazy things we do for our kids!!


    1. Ann, we love the dollar coins. My husband got a bunch from the local bank to be “gold doubloons” in the treasure chest.

      As for teeth though, the going rate is $1 in our house.


  4. No way is this tooth fairy doing $4/tooth! I used to get a dollar, but the fairy would dust it with glitter! I think $1 of magic “fairy money” is certainly cooler than $4 of plain old money sans glitter. That’s my plan. 🙂 Our dentist said to expect Nate’s bottom two to come out within the next year– apparently they’re already a bit lose?! Crazy!!


  5. i remember getting a dollar bill for every lost tooth. But then again i also got $2 a week for an allowance back then, too, so i’m thinking by the time Jake loses his first, i’ll have to account for inflation!! my big fear is that he loses a tooth at night, and we won’t have cash lying around to put under his pillow! I’m so used to carrying the credit card for everything i just hope the tooth fairy takes Discover… 😉


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