All parents know that kids aren’t the greatest experts at dental hygiene. No matter how many times a parent begs their child to brush all their teeth well or a dentist warns them about the dangers of not flossing, it seems impossible to ingrain the true importance of dental health into their heads.
One genius father took it one step further for his young son, who he says is “dreadful at brushing his teeth.” Henry Warren, a father of three, called upon the “tooth fairy” for some help in convincing his eight-year-old son Sam that he needed to work on brushing his teeth.
Sam recently lost a tooth and received an unconventional letter from the tooth fairy.
Warren’s son had recently lost a tooth, and like many children in this situation, the tooth fairy paid him a visit. In addition to leaving Sam some money, the collector of little children’s teeth—who according to Warren goes by the name Barry T. Tooth Fairy—left Sam a very formal letter.
The letter, which Warren shared on Twitter reads,
Dear 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 your 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 will be significantly better or we will withhold payment.
Barry T. Tooth Fairy
Warren told BuzzFeed News that his son was “rather chastened” after receiving the letter, while parents on Twitter have been praising him.
Even Colgate had something to say about Barry T. Tooth Fairy’s letter.
After experiencing a delay in payment, we bet Sam will look after his teeth a little more carefully. You don’t want to get on the tooth fairy’s bad side!
And it looks like Sam is already practicing his attention to dental hygiene. Look at that smile!