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9 Tips to Teach Your Toddler to Brush Her Teeth

how to teach your toddler to brush her teeth

I know firsthand how hard it can be to get tiny tots to brush. At the same time, I know how important it is. When she was 4, Grace had 10 cavities. 10! A combination of poor genetics and less than stellar brushing habits left her with a huge mess. She had to have anesthesia to have them fixed and ended up with a handful of root canals and crowns. Not only was it scary and unpleasant for her, it was scary (and expensive) for me. And talk about guilt! Seriously. It’s my job as her mother to make sure … Read more

I Hate Teeth and Other Thoughts Before Listerine’s Sweet Smart Challenge #SweetSmart

Listerine Sweet Smart Challenge

I hate teeth. You know how some people hate feet or elbows? Well, I hate teeth. I would rather talk about my period than talk about my teeth. (This post really is about teeth, not periods. You’re welcome.) My own teeth are lousy, and they have always been lousy. I remember going to a pediatric dentist when I was little, sitting in the chair through drilling after drilling. I remember capped teeth and caps falling off and being put back on. I remember my molars flaking apart when I was in college. Once, I tried to convince an oral surgeon … Read more

Tips for Tooth Brushing For Kids

I am delighted to be one of twenty bloggers featured in Arm & Hammer’s Switch & Save Challenge. During the next five months, I’ll be testing several Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you. After I posted my plea for toothbrushing help, dozens of readers emailed or commented with tips for convincing Grace to cooperate in the tooth brushing process. And we discovered that she has a cavity. She is going to have to go to the dentist and have work done. This fact is a source of anxiety for several of the members in my household. … Read more

Preventing Expensive Trips to the Dentist

I am delighted to be one of twenty bloggers featured in Arm & Hammer’s Switch & Save Challenge. During the next five months, I’ll be testing several Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you. One of the factors that complicated my transition from full time working mom to stay home at home mom was healthcare. I had a great benefits package as a public school teacher, and Joe had significantly fewer (and more expensive) benefits. I did choose to stay home with my children, but that meant giving up our dental insurance. We have to pay out … Read more

Tooth Brushing With a Preschooler

I am delighted to be one of twenty bloggers featured in Arm & Hammer’s Switch & Save Challenge. During the next five months, I’ll be testing several Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you. A few weeks ago, Grace decided that she was scared of brushing her teeth. I’m pretty sure that I’m scared of brushing my teeth! is a euphemism for I don’t want to, and you can’t make me! but I could be wrong. I’m not, but I could be. It doesn’t matter, really. The result is the same. She doesn’t want to brush her … Read more

My New Toothbrush Featuring Arm & Hammer Spinbrush

I am delighted to be one of twenty bloggers featured in Arm & Hammer’s Switch & Save Challenge. During the next five months, I’ll be testing several Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you. Jenn, the hygienist at my dentist’s office, has been telling me for years that I need a different toothbrush. I don’t have terrific teeth to begin with. The enamel is soft, and I’m prone to cavities. Apparently, using a manual toothbrush doesn’t help matters at all. I guess you really didn’t need to know that. Anyway, Jenn keeps telling me that a battery-powered … Read more