Tooth Fairy FAQ

Questions about the Tooth Fairy

  1. How much does the Tooth Fairy leave these days?

    The good news for children is that the Tooth Fairy has kept up with inflation. While a tooth in the 1950’s would bring 25 cents, the average for a lost tooth now is $5. The first tooth or a molar might get more. It also depends on how many children have lost teeth on any particular night since she starts out with the same amount of money (all she can carry). If there are only a few children, they get more, and if there are many, each will get a little less.

  2. Why does the Tooth Fairy come late sometimes?

    Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons why the Tooth Fairy might not get to a house on the first night a tooth has been lost.

    1. Sickness: the Fairy Flu is common.

    2. Injury: she might have a broken wing from an overzealous pet

    3. Name not on her list: sometimes the tracking spell she puts on each child’s tooth malfunctions. The name might not appear right away or at all.

    4. Parents didn’t sign the permission slip: she is only able to visit homes where parents have filed a signed permission slip with her so she can’t be accused of breaking and entering.

    The best thing to do if she hasn’t stopped by your home is to write her a letter.

  3. What does the Tooth Fairy do with all the teeth?

    There are many uses for teeth. With a little fairy magic she can use them as bricks for fairy castles or plant them in Fairyland where they will grow into beautiful flowers. Her favorite use for the teeth is to place them in the sky as stars.

  4. Where does the Tooth Fairy get her money?

    Once she places the teeth into the sky as stars, she can magically transform any star dust she collects into gold dust. Gold is worth quite a bit these days so she can exchange it at the fairy bank for currency.

  5. Why did the Tooth Fairy start collecting teeth?

    A long long time ago, people used to bury their childrens’ teeth in the belief that witches coveted them to use in spells. (It is a common belief that a spell can be cast against someone if you have something of theirs: hair, nails, etc). The Tooth Fairy became protector of the teeth. She would come and take them far away where they would be safe.

  6. Why don’t adults get visited if they lose a tooth?

    When a child is born, the Tooth Fairy places a tracking spell on every baby tooth so when it falls out, the child’s name will automatically be added to her list of people to visit. Tracking spells are not placed on adult teeth. If an adult loses a baby tooth, and doesn’t get a visit, most likely the tracking spell has faded. It only lasts about 20 years.

  7. Where does the Tooth Fairy live?

    She lives in Fairyland which is rumored to be near Brush, CO.