This Dad's 'Warning' From the Tooth Fairy May Be the Key to Getting Your Kids to Brush


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When all the begging, pleading, and busting out the "I'm not joking" voice (all parents have one) didn't work to get his son to brush his teeth, Henry Warren called in the Tooth Fairy for backup. 

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The father of three from London was frustrated with his son's "dreadful" brushing skills. When the little boy recently lost a tooth, Dad saw an opportunity to change his oral hygiene routine and ran with it. He penned a letter to his son with the help of one Barry T. Tooth Fairy, letting him know in no uncertain terms that if he didn't get on board with brushing his teeth, he could kiss that money under his pillow good-bye.

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The letter reads:

Dr. Mr. Warren, 

This letter is to inform you that I have now taken receipt of your tooth and it is being duly processed in our system. 

You will have noticed there has been a delay in payment for the tooth. Mr. Warren, I have to inform you that this is due to the condition in which we found said tooth. We expect a certain amount of wear and tear on the teeth we appraise. However in this case your tooth had to be referred up to the committee for further analysis. 

We believe this is due to the lack of care and attention by yourself. We have detected more than trace amounts of Fanta™ and residual amounts of both cereal and chocolate which have not been removed by appropriate brushing technique. We recommend you review your practice here as a matter of urgency. 

Mr. Warren we will accept the tooth on this occasion but we need your assurances that the condition of your next tooth with be significantly better or we will withhold payment.

This dad is a genius. BRB, copying this letter to bust out when my own toothbrush-hating kids lose their first tooth.

Kids who get a kick out of brushing are rare (seriously, if this is your child, what's your secret?), and at the end of a long day or when rushing around in the morning, the last thing we want to do is stoop over them to make sure they're getting that toothbrush all the way back to those teeth in the cheap seats. Here's a way to get them to brush, without our having to be the bad guy.

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Plus, as any parent who's ever employed the "Santa's watching" line knows, sometimes the threat of an imaginary character can make parenting go a little more smoothly.

And who knows, maybe the thought of missing out on that Tooth Fairy money just might be enough to get our kids to break out the floss.

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