Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Your Family and Dental Health PLUS $25 Visa Card Giveaway!!!

Dental health has recently became a HUGE topic in our house. We have always made our children brush their teeth at least twice a day because I don't want them to have to go through painful dental procedures because of cavities that could have been prevented by simply brushing and flossing their teeth properly!  We take it so seriously that it is included on our kids daily chore chart and we PAY them to brush twice a day!  I know that is pretty extreme but I really want them to have good oral health because there are so many benefits to having healthy teeth!  And besides, the $.50 a day we are paying them to brush is much cheaper than the cost it would take to pay for fillings and all the other expenses that come along with dental work!

 After taking our 9 year old son to a routine dental visit a few weeks ago, it was found that he has some extra permanent teeth! How crazy is that?!  So now we have to make a visit to the Orthodontist soon so he can evaluate and decide which teeth stay, which teeth go and eventually he will have to have braces to get things straightened back out. I hate that he has to go through all of that but we know it is going to benefit him in the long run and it is for the best!  He doesn't see it now but he will thank us when he is older!!!

My husband and I try to be a good example and we always brush and floss our teeth. We recently got to try the Arm & Hammer Advance White Toothpaste and we were super excited about it! We have decided to buy it all of the time now because it leaves our teeth feeling so good and clean and because it's a fraction of the price that we have paid for others that did not yield good results. Our 15 month olds favorite activity right now is brushing his teeth too, although, I have to admit....if I let him do it himself, he just sucks on the toothbrush. BUT, he is learning!!! I just want my children to learn the benefits of having healthy teeth and gums. Not only does it make them have a pretty smile and fresher breath which results in increased confidence but researchers are now saying it is beneficial to overall health!! Experts are actually saying that poor oral hygiene is linked to an increased risk of systemic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes!!!

What is something you do to promote good oral health in your family!

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  1. I have our 15 month old brush with us... She doesn't really get it yet, but whenever we brush our teeth, she's in there, sitting on the counter, holding her toothbrush, and we show her what to do... :) She loves it!

  2. I make sure my sons floss once a day and brush at least twice a day. One big incentive is that they don't want to get cavities and have to go to the dentist (they don't like going to the dentist).

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  3. We drink water at home and almost never have soda! After drinking water for so long we have really gotten used to it and it's actually weird for us to drink soda or tea, which is great for our teeth!

    vandango33 at gmail dot com

  4. I'm also a stickler for seeing that my daughter brushes twice a day. She wears palatal expanders, making it even more important. We brush the expanders as well as the teeth!

  5. We brush our teeth together so we make sure we are all good to go!
    hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

  6. Make sure to brush teeth 2x a day AT LEAST and dont drink much sodas
    Jake B

  7. We drink water most of the time and brush twice a day.

  8. We brush 2x a day and use a good oral rinse for good dental health

    donnyandshelly at yahoo dot com

  9. I made up a 'brush our teeth' song when my daughter was very young. We also let her take the toothbrush with her when the brushing is over and she walks around with it for a while (mostly chewing on it, but she cried when we took it away, and I don't want her to associate it with anxiety or bad feelings.) She's never had a problem with me brushing her teeth.


  10. I lead by example.

    humanecats at gmail dot com

  11. We eat a low sugar and carb diet, always brush our teeth, see the dentist regularly, and set a good example for the kids :)

    livingsimplynm at gmail dot com

  12. We brush our teeth before we leave the house. The kids know that we aren't going anywhere until it is done. They get it over with and know we can leave soon.

    sassysasha817 at gmail dot com

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  14. Stickers reward system works pretty good for us. We stick with floss and brush teeth three times daily after meals.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com
    Jessie C.

  15. My kids are teenagers, but I still hover (their word...) over them at teeth-brushing time. I make sure they floss and also use a dental rinse.
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

  16. We Floss!
    Elaine Lund

  17. We rarely drink any soda. My kids brush twice a day with their FireFly toothbrushes. That way we know they are doing it long enough.

    alissa4illustration AT hotmail DOT COM

  18. My baby just got his first teeth, but I plan on teaching him real early to brush and floss twice a day. I never got into the habit as a young child and it definitely hurt me!
    skklemm at gmail dot com

  19. We brush our teeth three times a day together and we brush if we eat something that is more likely to stain our teeth. I brush my toddler's teeth and then let her brush. She is getting the hang of it. I tell her good job and reward her with princess stickers.

  20. brush brush brush! I buy the little flosser picks too! always rotate your toothbrushes every three months!


  21. We brush our teeth every morning and night and make regular dental visits.

    Eliza Thornton

  22. I try to make brushing fun and not a chore. Everyone has to display their glossy whites after each brushing. You should see the funny faces I get.

  23. We don't keep a lot of sugary snacks or drinks in our home. This was difficult at first for my foster son, as his previous caregivers would put soda in baby bottles and feed him packaged junk food. He was what I would call a sugar addict. We had to gradually wean him off on unhealthy foods. Since we transitioned him to healthy meals his dentist visits are less traumatic.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  24. We don't allow a lot of sugary drinks and drink a lot of milk and water. Also, nothing but water after brushing teeth at night.

  25. We eat low sugar foods and drink and brush our teeth together as a family.
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  26. We try not to eat too much candy, sugary drinks or fruit snacks and then we brush our teeth together morning and night.

  27. We brush at least twice a day, three if we're home at lunch time. I also use a timer with my kids so they brush for 2 minutes. They think it's fun and hopefully they'll stick with it when they're older.
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

  28. my kids have a chart and when they brush twice all week- they get a sticker- they love it- sometimes they get a treat too
    tcogbill at live dot com

    sorry google wont let me leave comments

  29. I have been taking my children to the dentist every six months faithfully since they were two years old. I am always nagging them to brush their teeth and floss three times a day.

  30. Our dentist said sticky snacks like fruit snacks are very bad for teeth. So we make real fruit available for snacks!

  31. Flossing is a way of life in our home. I used to work at an Orthodontic practice and that was one thing that I brought back (besides brushing). Not only is it important for your teeth but your overall health. I heard, and I can't remember where, that you add years to your life jut by flossing.


  32. We use a Waterpik regularly.
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

  33. What is something you do to promote good oral health in your family!

    my daughters have their favorite characters as toothbrushes and I also have a timer and they have to brush until the alarm goes off

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

  34. We all floss every day as well brush.
    hlee99 at gmail dot com

  35. we brought my son a cute tooth brush holder and we all help him brush his teeth. We finish off with a happy dance!

  36. We get cute toothbrushes and change them often for our sons. We let them see us brushing our teeth and flossing. They don't really have sugary treats often, but when they do we like to brush soon after!

  37. regular brushing and check ups and limit the candy debbie jackson djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  38. We frequently change toothbrushes and everyone has their own glass so they don't touch each others..flossing and regular check-ups!!
    corky on gfc

  39. i brush with my son to show him it's a good thing to do and how to do it properly
    nannypanpan at gmail.com

  40. I like to sing while we brush our teeth. This is the way we brush our teeth, we brush our teeth so early in the morning, or so late at night. Rita Spratlen

  41. We have to work really hard at our house to fight cavities, even with a healthy diet, so tips that help us out -- only water between meals, keep juices/tea/etc. for meals/snacks when you know you're going to brush teeth. And keep dentist-approved Sugarfree gum on hand in car/purse/etc., for those times when you can't get to a toothbrush for a while.:-) creedamy[at] yahoo [dot]com

  42. We make sure that teeth get brushed and flossed every morning and evening so that we take good care of our teeth. We also avoid candy and sugaru drinks. Thanks for the chance to win!

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  43. I try to cut back on the sugar cereals - I mix Cocoa Krispies with the regular rice k's

    mmayerfeld at gmail

  44. we visit the dentist regularly! we limit our sugar intake, and brush our teeth at least 2x's a day!

  45. We have fun toothbrushes that we decorated with stickers and make it a habit to brush our teeth
    jenhedger at hotmail dot vom

  46. My almost 3 year old LOVES to brush his teeth and floss. He has his favorite Thomas the Train toothbrush and toothpaste that he uses, so he is always ready to brush.

  47. Nadine Garwood
    I make sure that my children brush, but they go to their scheduled six month check ups as well

  48. regular dental appointments

    mbjack at grm dot net

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  50. Brush. Floss. Rinse and repeat :)

    won2xx at gmail dot com

  51. I'm also setting a good example for my nephew to follow, especially when it comes to brushing my teeth. I let him watch me everyday, especially when I was still staying at their home. I sing him songs for him to enjoy the activity.

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