Now in the last 10 years of wading through email, I don’t remember EVER seeing an article about the Tooth Fairy and how it’s a gauge of how the economy is going. But here it is.

“Tooth Fairy Payouts Hit Hard Times

Midwest average drops to $3.44 per tooth, 20 percent below national average.

JLooks like the Tooth Fairy tightened her money bag after an all-time high payout in 2016. According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Delta Dental, the Tooth Fairy’s cash gifts dropped to a nationwide average of $4.13 per tooth. In the Midwest, the all-important first tooth lost brings an average of $4.37 while remaining teeth drop to an average of $3.44 per tooth, about 20 percent below the national average.

Over time, the Tooth Fairy IndexSM (TFI) shows that the value of a lost tooth is closely related to the U.S. economy, generally tracking with the S&P 500. In fact, for 12 of the past 14 years, the trend in average giving has tracked with the movement of the S&P 500. However, the December 2017 poll shows the Tooth Fairy hasn’t quite been able to keep up with the market’s hot pace-with an 11 percent cash payout decrease from 2016, while the S&P 500 saw a total return in 2017 of almost 18 percent.

“The Tooth Fairy gets so excited when children lose clean and healthy teeth,” said Dr. Jeff Chaffin, Dental Director for Delta Dental of Iowa. “In the Midwest, we hope parents and other caregivers are emphasizing that our teeth have the most value to the Tooth Fairy when they are well cared for and free of cavities. Teaching good daily dental habits early could save the child from many dental and health issues later in life.”

Other national Tooth Fairy stats:
* The Tooth Fairy visits 84 percent of the nation’s households with children.
* Fifty-five percent of parents confess that the Tooth Fairy may have missed a visit at some time.
* While the Tooth Fairy leaves money at 95 percent of the homes she visits, some parents say that the Tooth Fairy also leaves a small toy or game (47 percent), a letter from the Tooth Fairy (35 percent) or a tooth brush (31 percent) in addition to or instead of money.

Regional statistics:
* Tooth Fairy payouts are highest in the West with $4.85 ($6.76 for the first tooth).
* Followed by the Northeast at $4.35 ($6.45).
* The South gave $4.12 ($5.68).
* The Midwest at $3.44 ($4.37).

About the Survey: The Original Tooth Fairy Poll was conducted between December 13 and December 28, 2017 among a nationally representative sample of 1,007 parents of children ages 6-12. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent. The sample was designed to capture a broad spectrum of the U.S. population, not just those with dental insurance.

Check out the Tooth Fairy Poll website for more dental health ideas, certificates, letters, games, and more!”

I officially feel like a cheap skate. The Tooth Fairy was always dirt poor after making the rounds to the 6 kids that were in our house. I think the most they ever received from the tooth fairy was $1.00 and that was rare.

Usually a quarter.

Now honestly, it’s not like there was some great achievement here.

But for those of you who check facts before investing, the Tooth Fairy says be cautious…