One of the many, many on-going battles between parent and child is the struggle to make sure teeth are brushed. Not only brushed, but brushed properly. My son is only 3 and while he’s totally cool with using the baby paste and brushing somewhat on his own, he’s still not quite brushing properly. I can only imagine the struggle will get even more difficult later on. One struggling dad recently enlisted help from the tooth fairy in a new method that’s going viral on Twitter. He wrote up a tooth fairy letter and it’s the kind of thing I know i’ll have to keep in mind for the future.

London-based Henry Warren is a father of three who happens to have a very toothbrush-averse son. That is to say, he’s sick and tired of his son’s poor as hell oral hygiene. Recently, he posted a letter to Twitter that he gave to his son. Of course, the letter was supposedly “from” the tooth fairy, and it seems they weren’t too happy about the state of Warren’s son’s tooth. The letter, addressed to the younger Mr. Warren from Barry T. Tooth Fairy details why the boy’s payment has been delayed:

“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.”

It continues:

“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.”

This is likely enough to light a fire under any kiddo’s behind to start brushing their chompers more. Sure, maybe we shouldn’t have to “bribe” our kids with tooth fairy money to brush their teeth. But then again, isn’t 3/4th of raising kids about bribing to begin with?

See the Ingenious Tooth Fairy Letter From Below

Here’s hoping the letter helps young Mr. Warren improve his brushing skills and inspires other frustrated parents as well.

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(Image: Twitter / @henrywarren)