It seems even the tooth fairy business is hurting from the recession.
The website Web MD polled 744 parents on this one.
When today's kids put baby teeth under their pillow, the average return is $1.88 the next morning.
That is down from $2.09 at this time last year.
There's even a dental benefits group that has been polling people about the tooth fairy for more than a decade.
It reports that the tooth fairy has not consistently tracked with tough economic times.
For example, after the dot-com bust in 2001 and 2002, the Dow declined but the tooth fairy increased her payouts.
In the poll, the amount parents left for a tooth was anywhere from five cents to 40 dollars!
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