The tooth fairy is more generous in some parts of the country than others
- Kids in Scotland get 71p more than those in East Midlands
- Most common coin left is £1
- £19.6 million left under children’s pillow’s each year 1
- 73% of under 11s are visited by tooth fairy but only half in London
New research from SunLife has found that the tooth fairy leaves £1.31 on average, and with an estimated 15 million milk teeth falling out each year, that means a staggering £19.6 million is being left under children’s pillows every year! 1
SunLife also found that the tooth fairy is more generous in some parts of the country than others; children in Scotland get the most - £1.78 on average – while children in the East Midlands receive the least - £1.07 for each tooth.
To see how much she pays across the UK, take a look at our latest infographic and video.
Most common coin is £1
The most common coin left in the UK is £1 - 48% of children who are visited by the tooth fairy find £1 under their pillow. The North East is the only region where £1 is not the most common amount - there 40% of kids get £1 and 44% get £2. In Scotland and the South West, one in five receive £2, while in the East Midlands, one in five get just 50p when they lose a tooth.
Overall, the tooth fairy is more generous in the North of the country and she is busier too. In Yorkshire and Humberside, 78% of under 11s get visits from the tooth fairy, 76% in the North West and 75% in the North East. The frequency drops in the South, down to 74% in the South West, 66% in East Anglia and just 50% in London.
Ian Atkinson at SunLife said: “It is interesting to see that the tooth fairy is more generous in some parts of the country than others – maybe she visits certain towns and cities before others, so she has less money left towards the end of her journey!
“But when you take the average amount children are receiving for a lost tooth, most will have around £26 by the time they’ve lost all their milk teeth, while children in Scotland will have around £35 and some will have £100 - a good amount to save for a rainy day.”
1. The British Dental Health Foundation estimates 15 million teeth fall out of children's mouth each year (PDF) 15,000,000 x £1.31 = £19,650,000