I’m sure that I would’ve tried mint chocolate when I was struggling to brush Peter's teeth. Then I would’ve probably thrown the tube under the sink with the rest of the rejects. If only root beer were a flavor then. I would’ve tried that one, too. I’d heard that many parents struggle with their children’s oral hygiene, especially those on the spectrum.
Brushing Peter’s teeth was a battle I’d waged for years. Really, y-e-a-r-s. Try prying open a clenched mouth. You can’t. Peter didn’t care about rotted teeth. He was convinced of his own theory, like a get-rich-quick scheme. He wanted his teeth to fall out to get money from the Tooth Fairy. I’d unknowingly become my own nemesis.
As parents, it’s easy to concede certain battles with our children. A little more screen time and a little more juice. I know; I’ve been there. So this is a cautionary post. You’ve heard of Newton’s third law: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Well, with every inaction (i.e. not brushing) there is a greater reaction, with more decay (i.e. more money.) I accept the blame. I just wish someone else could accept the bill.