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Survey reveals how generous the tooth fairy is & it depends where she lives

Wondering how much the tooth fairy should leave in exchange for your little one’s milk tooth? A recent survey can give you an indication of what the tooth fairies in your area are popping under pillows.

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My own tooth fairy experience is fairly recent (aside from losing my own teeth, of course, which was such a long time ago I’ve forgotten how much I got — I’m guessing around 20p was the going rate). My son is almost 8 but he only lost his first baby tooth after he turned 7. I was so relieved that it had finally happened that I was apparently overcome with excitement and left a £5 note under his pillow.

I couldn’t keep that up, of course, and as the teeth continued to drop out their value began to drop down.

Anyway, if you’re wondering what the going rate is, the people at Carisbrook Dental in Manchester have carried out a survey, which reveals that the tooth fairy is way more generous in some parts of the U.K. than others.

The average amount left by the tooth fairy is £2.10, which is 60p more than five years ago. One in 10 lucky kids received £10 per tooth, which equals a whopping £200 for a full set of baby teeth.

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London’s tooth fairies are the most generous compared to those in other cities but then again everything costs more in London, right? Bristol comes second at £1.90 per tooth and right at the bottom of the list is Newcastle, where a baby tooth is only worth £1 on the open market.

Here’s the list in full:

London – £2.50

Bristol – £1.90

Aberdeen – £1.87 

Birmingham – £1.75

Cardiff – £1.72

Leeds – £1.60

Manchester – £1.55

Belfast – £1.42

Edinburgh – £1.34

Coventry – £1.32

Leicester – £1.29

Nottingham – £1.26 

Plymouth – £1.22

Sheffield – £1.20

Liverpool – £1.15

Sunderland – £1.12

Glasgow – £1.10

Bradford – £1.07

Wakefield – £1.05 

Newcastle – £1

“The Tooth Fairy is a much-loved family tradition and a very good one,” dentist Tariq Idrees from Carisbrook Dental told the Metro. “We tend to find that parents and children who are most excited by the Tooth Fairy and make sure that it visits with each lost tooth also take dental care most seriously, too. They tend to be the children who brush their teeth most regularly with little parental pressure and suffer the least tooth decay.”

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