Tooth Fairy struggles with inflation amid decline in value of lost teeth

New research from Delta Dental revealed that the average value of a single tooth during the past year has declined by 6%.

Tooth Fairy struggles with inflation as value of lost teeth drops for first time in five years, study finds Getty Images

Even the Tooth Fairy is feeling the squeeze of inflation as a new study reveals a decline in the value of lost teeth for the first time in five years.

New research from Delta Dental revealed that the average value of a single tooth during the past year has declined by 6% – falling from £4.88 to £4.57.

The drop in cost marks the first year-over-year decline in Tooth Fairy payments in five years.

While the loss of a first tooth typically commands a premium, the poll also found the Tooth Fairy is minding her pennies in celebration of this milestone with the average value dropping from £5.71 to £5.55 over the past year.

Experts said that their Tooth Fairy Poll usually mirrors the economy’s overall direction and tracks with trends of Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500).

However, they found that while the single tooth cost decreased 6%, the S&P 500 experienced a 20% increase during the same period.

Gabriella Ferroni from Delta Dental Plans Association, said: “Delta Dental has tracked US Tooth Fairy giving trends for 26 years as a timely way to spotlight the importance of children’s oral health.

“It is not a surprise to see she tightened her purse strings following last year’s record high.

“Despite the more economical reward, Tooth Fairy giving is a fun conversation starter to encourage good oral hygiene habits at an early age.”

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