Point Brushing and the Pros of Dental Cons

Kid Dental Health“Why are your teeth so yellow?”

“I love you, too.”

“Seriously, Daddy, why aren’t your teeth white like mine?”

“Coffee, and lots of it.”

“Coffee isn’t yellow.”

And then we both put our respective toothbrushes (toothbrushi?) back in our respective chatter boxes and lathered up accordingly.

The oldest son walked into the bathroom, saw all the fun he was missing, and joined us.

“Brushing teeth is on the list,” he said.

“What list?” I asked.

“Our list,” answered the youngest.

“List of what?” I asked.

“We made a list of all the things we need to do everyday,” said the bigger brother. “We get a point for everything we do.”

“And when we get 100 points we get to buy whatever we want at the store,” added the smaller.

“So brushing earns a point?” I asked. “That’s good.”

“We get a point for putting toothpaste on the toothbrush, one for brushing, one for flossing, one for rinsing with Listerine, and one for spitting it all out,” explained the 9-year-old.

“That’s five points,” added the other.

“That’s a hustle,” I answered. “Does Mommy know that you are adding all of those points to the list?”

“Mommy doesn’t know we have the list,” said the mastermind. “We made it up.”

“I have 90 points!” said the 6-year-old. “Smell my breath.”

And then I tucked them snugly into their beds, not caring that I’d been had.


I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Kids Cavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion.



Whit HoneaRead more from Whit Honea at his site Honea Express and the popular group blog DadCentric. You can follow Whit on the Twitter or Pinterest (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble or most rational people).


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