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what is the going rate of the tooth fairy?

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leelo Mon 01-Aug-11 14:39:16

my daughter is 6 and needs to get 7, possibly 9 teeth taken out at hospital. and normally when she loses a tooth the fairy leaves her a £2 coin. with the prospect of this many coming out at once i wondered if there is current rate for teeth or special rates for lots at once. i have some time before she gets this done so can organise a 2nd mortgage.

Linnet Mon 01-Aug-11 14:41:43

My dd2 gets £1 for a tooth, your tooth fairy must be rich, lol dd2 had 5 teeth taken out earlier this year in hospital and she got a £5 note from the tooth fairy.

Insomnia11 Mon 01-Aug-11 14:42:58

£1 a tooth I would say too. DD1 is just 6 so expecting wobbly teeth soon.

itisnearlysummer Mon 01-Aug-11 14:43:07

Not suggesting you follow suit, but I met someone recently whose tooth fairy left their child £20 for one tooth!!!!!

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Mon 01-Aug-11 14:43:28

£1 here too.

leelo Mon 01-Aug-11 14:47:26

friends with children of same age have ranged from 50p to £5 a tooth so i'm thinking of buying her a gift for being a brave wee soul and then money but i don't want to start a precedent i can't afford. i also have a boy who is 2.

Illegitimate Mon 01-Aug-11 14:50:50

Its £2 per tooth here.

My bonkers sil gives £20 per tooth, I'm tempted to knock a few of mine out while i am over there later as i have got a large gas bill to pay

tabulahrasa Mon 01-Aug-11 14:53:16

£1 a tooth here as well

sancerrre Mon 01-Aug-11 15:09:24

I don't think the tooth fairy should get a discount for bulk buying. It's saving her time to collect them all at once after all. She could argue that your DD could make more interest on the money by having it sooner than if they fell out naturally but I think the convenience for the tooth fairy outweighs this.

SpottyFrock Mon 01-Aug-11 15:14:44

£1 a tooth here! I think £20 a tooth is outrageous!
As an aside, I hope your dd is ok and doesn't find it too traumatic.

sarahtigh Mon 01-Aug-11 15:44:45

every year in british dental journal they say what going rate for tooth fairy is on average its about £1.43 per tooth more in south and london slightly less in north

as a dentist you definitely should not get more if it was extracted, that's like rewards for really bad holes in teeth ( unless extracted to make room for others)

why is your DD needing so many teeth out?

sarahtigh Mon 01-Aug-11 15:45:40

not british dental journal sorry one of the other ones

£1/tooth but £2 for the big double ones!

emptyshell Mon 01-Aug-11 15:51:56

From chatting to kids (and their parents - it's a continuing source of bemusement to me just how rich the toothfairy's got these days!) it seems to be anything between £1/£2 round here - often with a first-time visit bonus £5.

I used to get 20p sad

Seona1973 Mon 01-Aug-11 15:52:20

we did £2 for the first tooth and £1 for the rest

Pelagia Mon 01-Aug-11 15:56:53

I'm gobsmacked! Its 20p in our house. When DS's friend was telling us he lost a tooth on holiday and got a quid, I had to jump in with an amazed comment about how the on-holiday tooth fairy gives so much more....

TheThingUpstairs Mon 01-Aug-11 15:57:06

£1 per tooth here too.

Pelagia Mon 01-Aug-11 16:01:32

OP Maybe the hospital tooth fairy could visit, you know the one that doesn't carry cash because it gets lost in hospital sometimes, and so the lucky children in hospital get a very special magical xyz instead?

AuntiePickleBottom Mon 01-Aug-11 16:01:54

£2 per tooth while he still believes in the tooth fairy, if the dentist takes them out £1

superjobee Mon 01-Aug-11 16:02:21

50p here when DDs first tooth fell out the other month.. found the 50p under her bed the other day hmm just not money orientated my daughter thank god!!

msbuggywinkle Mon 01-Aug-11 16:03:59

Our neighbours give £1 for the first, £2 for the second and so on.

Dillydollydaydream Mon 01-Aug-11 16:08:01

The tooth fairy is not too generous here!
I think it's because we live in an area with an abundance of young families. The poor tooth fairy would be broke if she had to spend any more on all those pearly whites ;)

Dillydollydaydream Mon 01-Aug-11 16:09:11

Oh, didnt actually say what she leaves! It's 50p usually blush

izzywhizzyletsgetbusy Mon 01-Aug-11 16:47:17

The way things are going with the economy, I'm surprised that the tooth fairy hasn't taken to leaving IOUs to be repaid when child is age 18 or older.

HappyMummyOfOne Mon 01-Aug-11 16:51:50

£2 coin here, its enough to get a comic or treat from the shop after school.

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