It’s National Tooth Fairy Day!

February 28, 2012    |    By +
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Today is National Tooth Fairy Day! While it’s not a very gift-able occasion, National Tooth Fairy Day does give us a second to pause and think about one or our favorite mythical bearers of gifts! Sure, Santa and the Easter Bunny grab most of the headlines, but as a child, there was definitely something magical and amazing about someone leaving a little something underneath your pillow just after losing a tooth.

The going rate in our home is $2 in the form of a crisp two dollar bill. The genesis of the two dollar bill tradition has it’s roots in a perfect storm of parental unpreparedness. The first lost tooth in our home came unexpectedly. Without any single dollar bills on hand and the dangerous precedent of “going big” with the first tooth, a happy medium was struck with the coolness of a relatively rare two dollar bill. Currently, we’re in an odd spot where we’re certain our daughter no longer believes in the Tooth Fairy yet doesn’t want to inquire to have her suspicions potentially confirmed.

So here’s a National Tooth Fairy Day nugget. According to “The Original Tooth Fairy Poll”, the American national average Tooth Fairy delivery is $2.10*. And another notable Tooth Fairy Day tidbit is that there seems to be a possible relationship between the going rates of the Tooth Fairy and the movement of the stock market (see below).

So while you ponder how you (or anyone) might observe Tooth Fairy Day, let’s get the festivities rolling with a question:

If the Tooth Fairy visits your home, what’s the going rate for a lost tooth under your roof?

Happy Tooth Fairy Day!


* Source: Information & Images via The Original Tooth Fairy Poll website by Delta Dental

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