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Whether it’s the result of a solid economy or simple generosity, the Tooth Fairy is slipping a lot of money under pillows in exchange for baby teeth. The nationwide average in 2015 was $3.91 per tooth, down 10.32 percent from the $4.36 she gave in 2014, but up and up a staggering 62 percent from the $2.42 she gave in 2012. That’s the word from the annual Tooth Fairy Poll of 1,000 parents nationwide conducted by Delta Dental, which points to the busy fairies as a barometer of the stock market’s overall direction. Facts to know and tell from the 2015 Delta Dental Tooth Fairy Poll:

  • The Tooth Fairy visited 86 percent of U.S. homes with children who lost a tooth, and in 93 percent of those homes, she gave money.
  • The Tooth Fairy left a whopping $256 million for lost teeth in 2015, according to Delta Dental’s estimates.
  • The average amount given per tooth by region: Northeasterners: $5.27. Westerners: $4.25. Southerners: $3.63. Midwesterners: $3.11.
  • The Tooth Fairy can be absent-minded too, forgetting to pick up a tooth in 35 percent of homes at least once. (Oops!)
  • 76 percent of the time, moms are the parents enlisted to help the Tooth Fairy, up from 61 percent a year ago.
  • The Tooth Fairy is most likely to visit homes between 10 p.m. and midnight (68 percent of the time).
  • The Tooth Fairy left cash in 93 percent of homes she visited, either by itself or in combination with other gifts. Kids who got a gift in addition to or instead of cash most often received a toy, game, toothbrush, toothpaste, book, doll, stuffed animal or dental floss.