What's the going rate for the tooth Fairy? My son who is 5 is getting ready to loose his first tooth. Is there some story I need to tell him or anything?

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Sherri - posted on 09/30/2011

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$1 is the rate for a lost tooth. I think it is positively insane to give more than this amt. I know plenty that give way more and I always am shocked that some pay $5, $10 or $20.

Carolyn - posted on 01/18/2009

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We gave $5.00 for the first tooth if it had no fillings, $2.00 if it did and then every tooth there after if it had no fillings it was $1.00 with fillings 50 cents.  This has helped my kids make sure they floss and brush like they are suppose too.  My boy was the hardest to get this thru but once he realized that there was more money in good teeth, he took care of them better



 

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Lori - posted on 09/30/2011

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When My son lost his first tooth I put a dollar under his pillow as I had for all the others. The next day he informed me that the tooth fairy had made a mistake
(he was expecting a gold coin) I told him the tooth fairy must have run out of gold coins! The following teeth the tooth fairy left gold (dollar) coins under his pillow! You might find out what your child already believes about the tooth fairy and go from there. It has worked out for us and is a lot of fun!

Donna - posted on 01/19/2009

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the kids around me are getting 5 a tooth my daughter lost 2 in a week so i lost ten

she told me kids at school had gotten toys and ds games that is a little crazy

Jennifer - posted on 01/19/2009

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when my oldest lost his first tooth i gave him a dollar in quarters and hand wrote a tiny note from the tooth fairy (saying thank you for the good tooth to build his house from)...as my mom did when i was little. we also got a story( which i use, but i changed it up a bit... we had to keep out teeth clean so that the tooth fairy could build his/her house out of my teeth. if he/she didn't have my clean healthy teeth the 'grumps' would come and take him/her away. (grumps being bad fairys that eat tooth fairys... that scared the crap out of me when i was little so i didn't tell that to my son... yeah leave that part out)

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What we do is put the tooth in old ring box or something like that then when the tooth fairy takes the tooth she or he leaves a gold dollar coin.  That way it is something a little different, and my son thinks it's really cool, and saves them in a jar so he can see his gold treasure

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What we do is put the tooth in old ring box or something like that then when the tooth fairy takes the tooth she or he leaves a gold dollar coin.  That way it is something a little different, and my son thinks it's really cool, and saves them in a jar so he can see his gold treasure

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I like the idea of letters back and forth from the tooth fairy.  I think we got a quarter for our teeth as kids but there were four of us.  I do remember though that one time my brother punched me in the mouth and I lost 2 teeth at once.  For those two teeth I got 10 dollars, I think my parents felt sorry for me.

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Our tooth fairy comes complete with her own little identity. Her name is Aldora and she writes letters to my daughter. My daughter loves to write letters back. Aldora brings $1 for each tooth but the letters back and forth are what my daughter looks forward to the most. We have told her that everyone has there own tooth fairy. Some tooth fairies tell the children their name and write letters and others just leave money. This is why not everyone gets the same amount for their tooth. My husband's family did something similar with his youngest sister and I thought it was a great idea. It is also great because "Aldora the tooth fairy" can explain why she didn't come the night before in her letter if there isn't $1 on hand.

Ann - posted on 01/19/2009

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Just did the tooth fairy thing for both my boys. They both lost teeth today. We give $2 a tooth but I like the idea of less if they have fillings.

Jennifer - posted on 01/19/2009

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I dont think children know the value of money so over a dollar seems a bit too much for a tooth... I dont know though.. maybe they know more than I think! (Im still waiting for my first)



I do remember the story I got told when I was little - that the tooth fairies were building castles with teeth and thats why they needed them. The bigger teeth going at the bottom and the little ones making the towers etc...



I also remember being woken up one morning by my step father trying to take my tooth from under my pillow so maybe an egg cup by the side of the bed for easy access is a better idea?

Amy - posted on 01/18/2009

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As the mom of three, I knew it was going to get kind of expensive, so we just stuck with quarters. They get 2 quarters (except when my oldest lost one that had a brace attached to it. The tooth fairy paid extra for the "bling"). That amount seems to work fine for everyone so far because they haven't really grasped the value of different coins. It's always so exciting to get a few shiny pieces tucked in the tooth fairy pillow. Plus, they usually get a little note tucked in with it from the tooth fairy telling them how proud she is of them.

Sally - posted on 01/18/2009

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For my sons first tooth we gave him $5, but every tooth he looses now we give him a gold coin.

Jen - posted on 01/18/2009

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We do $1 per tooth. Although my oldest has wanted to know why the "toothfairy" gives some kids better stuff. I was a little taken aback. Apparently some kids in her class, but "special items". New clothes for a Build A Bear, etc. Or one child gets $5 a tooth. I still have not been able to explain this. I just told her that the $1 she gets is very important, and that she is very lucky.

Wendy - posted on 11/20/2008

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We give a $ 1 and either a golden or silver dollar too. One to keep and one to spend.

Crystal - posted on 11/19/2008

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I also do gold dollars because they are different and the kids don't see many of them and when they do we talk about how someone else must have lost a tooth too. I didn't think about good tooth or bad tooth.

Alicia - posted on 11/18/2008

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I used to get a dollar per tooth 35 years ago, so figured we should up it for inflation. We started paying $5 per tooth, but now that we have 2 kids losing teeth, it's getting a little expensive!

Julie - posted on 11/18/2008

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The Tooth Fairy in Columbus, Indiana brings the special Gold Coin Dollars - one per tooth!

Debbie - posted on 11/18/2008

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the depends on the parent..I use to give mine $2.00 depending if the tooth had a cavity or not. A tooth with a cavity shows the tooth fairy that you are not brushing your teeth very good or at all.....my kids would brush their teeth better.

Trisha - posted on 11/18/2008

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my son was already in school when he lost his first tooth, and knew about the tooth fairy, so I had asked other parents of the kids in his class and they had all given $5 for the first 2 teeth and $2 for all the other teeth.

Jami - posted on 11/18/2008

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I plan to do $4 a tooth (half goes into his saving account...he loves going to the bank and depositing money into his own account...and the other half he can spend.) If it's a tooth with a cavity, he will get a toothbrush. I told him that the toothfairy doesn't accept bad teeth (as we have a constant struggle with him to brush his teeth).

Tamra - posted on 11/18/2008

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Thank you to all the moms and the dad's input also. (I know all the wives asked their husbands! ) I didn't think of the tooth brush idea, I just might do that.

Jana - posted on 11/17/2008

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From my experience kids like quantity not so much value. My family always gives, a quarter, a dime, a nickle and a penny for each tooth. Not a lot of money for parents, but kids think it's a lot. Because remember you have to do the same thing for every child/every tooth and it could add up to a lot by the time the last child looses their last tooth.

Danielle - posted on 11/17/2008

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i really like the idea of giving a new toothbrush and toothpaste... my daughter is thrilled to no end everytime she gets a new toothbrush. and she's only 17 months old. i hope she keeps up the enthusiasm for good oral hygiene. :)

Monica - posted on 11/17/2008

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As the 3rd of four kids, I usually got a quarter per tooth... But there were times when that little pixie got really cheap and only left a dime! :D I think it was the ritual more than the amount that I remember, though.

We're at least four years away from our first tooth fairy visit, but I've heard of other mamas giving foreign currency, Sacajaweya dollar coins, and -if the tooth has a cavity- a toothbrush and toothpaste!

(There was recently a great thread about this at askmoxie.org, if anyone is curious.)

Danielle - posted on 11/17/2008

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this isnt something i've had to consider yet, my daughter is only 17 months old.

but wow... i just realized the tooth fairy spoiled the heck out of me when i was a kid.

i'm pretty sure i got 5 bucks for every tooth. thats unreal... lol

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my daughter just lost her 1st tooth. We gave her a dollar. I've heard other people giving out as much as $5, but I personally think that's waaay too much for a child. I just told her the usual story, nothing elaborate. Though, she made my husband put it under his pillow cuz she didn't want anyone coming in her room at night.

Maeve - posted on 11/17/2008

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We give $1 -- as a gold dollar coin -- per tooth. We also print out a note in a teeny tiny font from the tooth fairy...continuing a tradition that my husband's family had when he was growing up.

User - posted on 11/17/2008

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We give just a 1.10 in change--just enough to buy something at the dollar store!!

Missy - posted on 11/17/2008

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I give $5 for the first tooth lost and then $1 for each additional tooth...until they finally find out who the tooth fairy is

Jessica - posted on 11/17/2008

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when my oldest lost her 1st tooth I put her dad in charge and he gave her $5 So I told her that was a special thing that the tooth fairy did when you lost your 1St tooth now each tooth is $1!!

Shell - posted on 11/17/2008

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We gave either a movie (vhs or dvd) or cash. We would give like 5 or 10$ though...lol It doesn't happen that often so I figured... why not? :-)

Angela - posted on 11/17/2008

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we have been giving 1.00 per tooth as well. but as she got older the money went up. she just lost her 3rd tooth and we gave her a 5.00 bill. other times we gave her quarters as well. she was more excited to have 8 qtrs then the 5.00 bill.

Laura - posted on 11/17/2008

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Hi there! I was a dental assistant and now a stay at home mom. People were crazy with the $$$ one time a first tooth went for $20.00 cause she didn't have change. We had $5.00 teeth but really it was like $2.00 for the first tooth and the .50-a dollar for the others. some parents would get a small toy or something too instead of $$$. think about it 20 teeth x $1.00 or $2.00... not bad.

Donniel - posted on 11/17/2008

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With my first child, we had 2 dollar bills, so now with the 2nd, we've had to keep that up. 2 bucks per tooth. I think inflation has a big effect on it! tee hee

Tamra - posted on 11/17/2008

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This is great! When I was little I think I got $1.00 for them, until I was snooping in my parents room and found some teeth and asked my mom who's it was and why she had it. Let's just say that was the end of the tooth fairy!

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When i was a kid we use to price them according to what tooth it was. If it was an important tooth like the molers or the front teeth then I would get 1$ for each tooth that I lost. Lucky me my first two teeth came out at once and for some reason the *toothfairy* gave me 6 dollars. but the little teeth are only with 50cents

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The "toothfairy" gives depending on the tooth. She's gives $2 per tooth if there is no fillings and $1 or 50cents if the tooth has a filling. Trying to encourage keeping the teeth really clean...lol!

Melissa - posted on 11/17/2008

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I would like to know too! My son is 6 and we aren't close to losing any teeth yet. I don't know what the going rate is. I was thinking a $1 for the first tooth and a quarter or 50 cents a tooth thereafter, but that might be low in today's time.

Jessi - posted on 11/17/2008

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Funny that you asked the going rate. We were trying to figure that out just last week. Seems most people are giving a dollar per tooth.

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