The Tooth Fairy is a being of magical qualities. In our youth, this mystical creature exchanged a bloody nub from one’s mouth for a shiny coin. The flitting personage still visits many a household, but how much each DNA sample is worth changes from state to state and year to year.

How Much Does the Tooth Fairy Keep Up With Inflation?

The Tooth Fairy is not immune to the effects of inflation. Back in 1980, some people may have seen a shiny new 50-cent piece or even a Susan B. Anthony dollar coin as payment for a baby tooth. Due to rising costs, there have had to be some adjustments.

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According to US Inflation, $1 in 1980 is equal to $3.74 today. But has the Tooth Fairy kept up? A recent poll suggests that the Tooth Fairy may be giving less than she had a year ago. But $1 in 1980 is about $3.74 in 2024, and the average in the U.S. is $5.84, so perhaps the Tooth Fairy understands the market better than before.

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What Are the Different Tooth Exchange Rates?

Family traditions hold strong to how much teeth are worth. But there is a new payment plan evolving. A first tooth nets a $1 coin, 2nd is $2, and so on. By the time a child has lost all 20 baby teeth, our fine fairy friend has forked over $210.

Other people have a fairy delivering a $5 bill for each tooth lost. Doing the extensive math involved, those unlucky children only get $100 total for their pain and suffering. Maybe the tooth fairy doesn’t love those children as much.

Does Toothpaste Really Clean Your Vehicle's Foggy Headlights? [Life Hack Test]

According to, cloudy headlights are a relatively modern issue. Originally, car manufacturers used glass domes for the front of their headlights until sometime in the 1980s when they switched to "polycarbonate or plastic" I assume because it was cheaper. Unlike glass, plastic is more susceptible to oxidation which is caused by the UV light created naturally by the sun. Dust, debris, and road grime also contribute to clouding up your lights.

They also say toothpaste can be used to clear that cloudiness thanks to the same mild abrasives that also remove plaque and other gunk from your mouth. As someone who has to see it or try it before I believe it, I decided to give it a shot by following their steps and seeing for myself if they were right.

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