Ready for this, I'm about to sound like an old guy here... I remember getting a quarter for some of my earliest tooths! I don't recall actually ever really believing in the tooth fairy, but getting money for teeth? I was in, sign me up.
Now the national average is up to $4.57! Per tooth!
I'm not sure what the spending power of a quarter was back in the day, but that seems a little on the high end to me.
Kids' games and stuff in general cost way more than what we bought back then. We had rocks and sticks of course, and they were free, usually. Board games were expensive I guess, but kids never had to pay for those kinds of things. The money I received probably went for donuts.
Top 6 Tooth Fairy Payouts by State
Why the Top 6? Simple, one of the states that's of interest to us didn't come into play until #6. These numbers are based on a survey done by the Dental Care Alliance and shown in the results graphic below.
#6: Texas at $6 per tooth.
#5: Rhode Island at $6.12 per tooth.
#4: Mississippi at $6.17 per tooth.
#3: Florida at $7.42 per tooth.
#2: Hawaii at $8.39 per tooth.
#1: Delaware at $8.91 per tooth.
Since most children have 20 baby teeth, simple math would indicate $178.20 for a face-full in Delaware. That's pretty good monies for a kid.
Bottom 3 Lowest Payouts?
#48: Massachusetts pays out $2.48 per tooth.
#49: Wyoming pays $2.43 per tooth.
#50: Iowa pays a whopping $2.30 per tooth.
That's about what I was paying my youngest boy about 12 years ago, come on Iowa!
Where Does The Ark-La-Tex Fall?
Arkansas comes in pretty close to the bottom of the list at 40th, with $3.14 per tooth.
Texas, as already revealed above is #6 on the list.
Louisiana comes in at #27 with $4.26 payout per tooth.
Oklahoma falls in just slightly above Arkansas at #38 with a $3.39 payout per tooth.