As Americans look for signs that the recession is easing, here's
one from an unlikely source: the Tooth Fairy.
The value of a tooth rose 13 percent from last year to $2.13 per
tooth, a national poll released last week by Delta
Dental of Minnesota found. The payouts ranged from a low of 5 cents
(boooo!) to a high of $50 (whaaaat?!), with the
national average hovering around $2, making a mouthful of baby
teeth -- 20 in all -- worth just over $42.
SOURCE: The Official Tooth Fairy Poll
Citing a rise in the Dow Jones Industrial Average last year (and
proving that recession-weary Americans will take good news anywhere
they can find it), a Delta Dental spokeswoman said, "The Tooth
Fairy may be another indicator that the economy is starting to
As for me, I'm waiting for a "4 out of 5 dentists think the
economy is recovering."
In a heart-warming tribute to American values and family
priorities, 86 percent of parents interviewed said the recession
had not affected their generosity when it came to Tooth Fairy
handouts. One more win for America? We're more generous than
Canadian parents, who only shelled out an average of $2.10 per
For the record, I got a quarter growing up. Adjust for
influation all you want, but this was the late 1980s. I'm starting
to think my parents were just stingy...
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