AS THE TOOTH FAIRY'S FORTUNES GO, SO GOES THE ECONOMY
For generations, parents have been telling kids with wiggly teeth a tale that would be fairly disturbing if it were true. When a loose tooth finally drops, a mythical fairy sneaks into their house while they're sleeping, takes the tooth and compensates them usually in the form of legal currency.
So, how much does the Tooth Fairy give? Delta Dental has an annual Tooth Fairy Poll, which interviews thousands of primary caregivers about what they award their kids for the loss of a baby tooth. Answers range from small-time coin change to enough to cover a cell phone bill. The average, however, has a remarkable tendency to mirror the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. In fact, the Tooth Fairy Poll tracked the S&P for 12 of the last 14 years.