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Just say “NO” to Cavities – Giveaway Sponsored by Oral-B and Crest

in Family, General, Product Reviews

Winner is: Deborah (email me @ kim (@) mommyknows (dot) com with your address :)

Deborah Says:
September 25th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Wow, that is one we could use. My husband claims that if it weren’t for my ’shoddy teeth’ we wouldn’t need our health benefits. We have 3 girls, ages 6, 5, & 2 and we keep up regular brushing for their teeth, but I honestly had NO idea I was supposed to be flossing them too! I don’t even floss my teeth often enough..gotta step it up a notch!

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Do you hear the word dentist and shudder with fear? Georgia doesn’t, she hears dentist and thinks ‘sparkly diamond rings’ (her dentist has a to-die-for prize-chest). For that I am very grateful (not for the prize-chest, but her comfort level in the dentist’s chair), especially because she had to visit him way too much over the past few weeks. She’s a trooper!

The parenting guilt, ACK! Cavities! She had cavities, more than one!

Georgia at the Dentist

Most of all, it was upsetting to me that we hadn’t taken sufficient care of her teeth. I was also worried about getting her through repeat dentist visits. Then I realized, that there is no point in dwelling on ‘coulda, woulda, shoulda’! It was time to get Georgia’s mouth healthy and keep it that way! It turned out to be a positive tear free experience for us all.

Part of me wants to tell you that, two of my four children have never had a cavity (sorry I just had to get that in there) and Georgia has bad teeth, but what’s really important, is that Georgia’s oral care routine needs stepped up a notch (or two even) to keep her mouth as healthy as it can be.

Georgia’s dental visits coincided with a request from the experts at Oral-B Stages to share the importance of building good oral care habits at a young age with my readers.

Did I want to share this info with you?
Try some samples?
Offer you the chance to win a fabulous Oral-B and Crest family dental hygiene prize pack (customized just for your family)?

HELL YAH! Of course I do!

Earlier this week we received a wonderful package of Oral-B products for the kids in the mail, along with a great informational book, ‘Olivia the Toot Fairy and the Truth about Teeth‘.

oral-b samples

The kids of course are thrilled with the new toothbrushes and toothpaste (all geared for their age/stage). Mr. MK and I read through the info book with the kids reinforcing the importance of keeping their mouths healthy, by brushing and flossing daily, NOT just running your toothbrush under the tap and saying you brushed them (SAM … I’m watching you!).

For Georgia, Mr. MK and I have stepped up our commitment to keep her teeth in the best shape possible. Twice daily thorough brushing, daily flossing, no snacks after brushing at night. It definitely helps that she came home from the dentist with her very own Winnie the Pooh Oral-B toothbrush and then received matching toothpaste from Oral-B in the mail this week.

We’ve printed out Oral-B Posters for each of our kids to reinforce our routines. The promise of a family skating day will be their reward at the end of the month.

Tips for Teeth (for kids of all ages):

  • Tooth decay is the most common infectious disease in children
  • Tooth decay in kids is completely preventable by parents setting good examples and habits at an early age
  • As soon as there is a tooth – it needs to be brushed
  • As soon as two teeth touch – they need to be flossed
  • Oral-B Stages is the first line of children’s toothbrushes specially designed for each stage of a child’s oral development from baby to pre-teen

Download a bathroom poster loaded with helpful tips to keep kids on top of their brushing and flossing routine. Download and print the poster for free here:  Oral-B Stages Poster Downloads

oral-b posters download page

Now to the fun part – the Giveaway!

Crest and Oral-B are offering one lucky family the chance to win a family sized Crest and Oral-B Oral Hygiene Prize packaged customized for your family (Value $125+). It will contain:

For the grownups:

2 x Oral-B Pulsonic toothbrushes (I want one of these!)
1 x Crest Pro-Health toothpaste
1 x Crest Glide Plus Scope floss
1 x Crest Pro-Health Rinse

For the kiddos:

You’ll receive: toothbrushes and toothpaste customized for your children’s age and gender from Oral-B Stages.

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I will randomly pick a winner from all of the entries the evening of Sunday October 4th, 2009. The folks at Oral-B will ship your prize directly to you.

To be eligible to win:

1. You must leave a comment (worth 1 entry) and tell me about your family and your oral hygiene routine. How many kids do you have? Do you find it hard to keep your kids on track with brushing and flossing, or do you have it all under control?

Earn extra entries by:

2. Blog about the contest (worth 2 entries)

3. Twitter about the contest and use hashtag #OralB (worth 2 entries) – note: if you use the hashtag (#OralB), there is no need to come back and tell me you tweeted, they will be tracked.

4. stumble it (worth 2 entries)

5. follow me on twitter (do it … you’ll like it) (worth 1 entry)

MK xo
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49 comments… add one

  • anpnek September 25, 2009, 9:43 am

    We have 1 little guy right now. Our hygiene routine includes brushing teeth in morning, brush teeth, floss, & use listerine in evening (me). It is certainly not easy to keep track with even just one!

  • anpnek September 25, 2009, 9:44 am

    I follow on twitter.

  • anpnek September 25, 2009, 9:45 am
  • anpnek September 25, 2009, 9:46 am
  • Divrchk September 25, 2009, 10:48 am

    I’d love to win this!

  • Divrchk September 25, 2009, 10:49 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

  • Divrchk September 25, 2009, 10:49 am

    I stumbled it!

  • Jennifer C September 25, 2009, 11:42 am

    this is great. We need to work on brushing teeth more consistantly

  • One Scrappy Gal September 25, 2009, 11:53 am

    My kids don’t have cavities yet… and I would like to keep it that way!!

    I, myself, didn’t have my first cavity until I was 21. Pretty cool, huh? :)

    I will shut up now.
    .-= One Scrappy Gal´s last blog ..Take that tiara and cram it up your wazoo… =-.

  • Deborah September 25, 2009, 12:49 pm

    Wow, that is one we could use. My husband claims that if it weren’t for my ‘shoddy teeth’ we wouldn’t need our health benefits. We have 3 girls, ages 6, 5, & 2 and we keep up regular brushing for their teeth, but I honestly had NO idea I was supposed to be flossing them too! I don’t even floss my teeth often enough..gotta step it up a notch!
    .-= Deborah´s last blog ..glimpses of our summer in a photo nutshell =-.

  • Terry Lemoine December 18, 2010, 11:54 am

    @Deborah, Flossing is vitally important. All my family flosses first to remove trapped food before brushing. Brushing not only removes tar, etc. but also the loosened food from between the teeth.

    Thank you

  • Heidi September 25, 2009, 12:50 pm

    With one tween girl, it isn’t too hard to keep her on track for brushing, but flossing is another matter altogether.
    I admit that even I skip flossing when time is limited. Extra oral care is provided by a kid-safe (alcohol-free) fluoride mouthwash for her, and a stronger “grownup” mouthwash with whitening and enamel protection for me.
    .-= Heidi´s last blog ..Nobody Puts Swayze In The Corner =-.

  • Heidi September 25, 2009, 12:51 pm

    I follow you on Twitter.

    @digitalmisfit

  • Hannah September 25, 2009, 2:34 pm

    I think it’s important to help (or at least supervise) children brushing their teeth. I know my 7-year-old “thinks” he can brush his teeth properly, but when I get in there and have a go afterwards, I can see he needed help. I still brush my 5-year-old’s teeth myself.
    My dentist told me that people are born with certain types of bacteria in their mouths. Some bacteria causes cavities. You can’t “change” the bacteria that live in your mouth. That’s why some people who brush and floss regularly and do ALL the right things will STILL get cavities, and then others who are really slack with their dental hygiene get away with none. That was quite a relief to hear, because it takes away that guilt. You can only teach your child to do the right things, and hope their teeth and gums stay healthy. Sounds like you’re doing a great job of that – and those new products you tested look like they would really help out!
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Five =-.

  • Lana September 26, 2009, 2:42 am

    This would be great! I have one 3 year old boy and brushing was hard to do for any length of time until we read an Elmo bedtime book. This said to hum your abc’s 2x to know you have brushed long enough. Now He loves to brush for a good amount of time. Flossing is easy for him with the individual flossers and he can do himself. When he is older we will get on to the regular floss, but for now it’s easy.

  • Jusitne September 26, 2009, 9:52 am

    Theres 4 of us, my husband, me and 2 kids, ages 3yrs and 5½months. My husband and I are the worst with brushing, he has some teeth issues, an ex ent to kiss him and hit him too hard on his front teeth and chipped his front teeth at the gum line which exposed part of the root, we had a cap and sealent put on but a year later it fell out and we haven’t be able to get it fixed yet(so its been almost 3yrs with an exposed root). Because of his front teeth issue he doesn’t brush because he said it hurts too bad. I’m bad about brushing because I haven’t found a tooth brush that doesnt’ hurt yet.
    My 3yr old son loves loves loves to brush his teeth which I’m glad about. He reminds us to do it so it always gets done. And our 5½ month old doesnt’ have any teeth yet.

    Flossing is a differet issue, I can’t get my hands in my sons mouth to do it. And my teeth can’t be flossed, even dental hygenists have a very hard time flossing my teeth and usually get the floss stuck because of how close my teeth are together.

    This would really help us out.
    .-= Jusitne´s last blog ..International Baby Wearing Week 2009 =-.

  • Jusitne September 26, 2009, 9:53 am
  • Jusitne September 26, 2009, 9:54 am
  • Jusitne September 26, 2009, 9:55 am

    I’m following on twitter
    @SliverStorm
    .-= Jusitne´s last blog ..International Baby Wearing Week 2009 =-.

  • Naomi September 26, 2009, 10:01 am

    Roo is five and since she is a grown-up kindergartner, she feels very knowledgeable about brushing her teeth. She has loved going to the dentist since she was about two. Seriously! When she was an infant, she actually nursed while I was having a cleaning and the hygienists still think she is a dental prodigy… I think she could brush for longer but she loves flossing so I suppose it evens out.

    Jasper, on the other hand, is not particularly good at brushing. He mostly likes to suck toothpaste off the brush and spit it out into the sink. Over and over again. He’s two and has a full set of chompers but he lacks the finesse to climb up into the dentist’s chair thus far. I am hoping his teeth aren’t already ruined since he is a prodigious milk drinker. He likes to watch his sister brush and lets her coach him on brushing style but pretty much focuses on the rinsing with a cup of water part. Ugh.
    .-= Naomi´s last blog ..Gone for a Day… =-.

  • Kait September 26, 2009, 10:45 am

    I try to be very diligent with my 2 kids (and my!) dental routines. My two year old isn’t big on brushing but my 5 year old even flosses without nagging.

  • Jenn B September 26, 2009, 1:40 pm

    we’ve got 2 kids (4.5 & 3). Just blogged about our very first dentist trip recently where the dentist recommended one of the oral B electric toothbrushes for the kids (apparently has a small head to it so works well for kids). We got away w/no cavities but both had a ‘spot’ to watch. I still brush their teeth & since that visit we’ve stepped up the flossing to every night vs. only when they feel food stuck between teeth. :) it’s annoying, but hoping it makes a difference.

    I’m 30 & still have yet to have a cavity but EVERYONE else in my family has had numerous. no idea how i lucked out!!!
    .-= Jenn B´s last blog ..Chocolate Treats and Coconut Oil Giveaway! =-.

  • Anne-Marie September 26, 2009, 2:08 pm

    No kids at home anymore. But for myself I just hate flossing! I do use one of those little hummingbird gadgets instead.

  • Anne-Marie September 26, 2009, 2:09 pm

    Following you on twitter.

  • Anne-Marie Tvete September 26, 2009, 2:10 pm
  • Havilah B September 26, 2009, 9:01 pm

    We brush every night with the kids (3 under the age of 6) but do need to step up the flossing. The only tip I have is having both parents and kids brush kids teeth, good training while still getting their teeth nice and white every night :)

  • Melissa September 27, 2009, 4:56 pm

    We have 4 kids, and it is tough to keep up with the dental care. They were flossing every night religiously for a long time (thanks to floss picks which made it much easier), but recently, they have all admitted to kicking the habit. Not sure what happened there other than pure laziness. Brushing happens twice a day but isn’t always monitored by Mom. No cavities yet, but we’ll see…they all have dentist appointments on Wednesday morning! :-O I never had any cavities until after my 4th child was born. I think all the pregnancies and nursing finally took their toll on my body. But I seem to be bouncing back again because my last year of check-ups have been squeeky clean. Whew.

  • Candace September 29, 2009, 2:30 pm

    I’m really bad about flossing. It’s the worst part for me! I try to brush twice a day but I wont lie that sometimes I only get to it once. I have a 5 month old now so my hubby and I are definitely trying to get our brushing/flossing routines more well rounded so that when it’s time for Z to start the brushing phase, she can learn by our example!
    .-= Candace´s last blog ..On what it feels like to miss being a Mother =-.

  • Ashley September 29, 2009, 4:47 pm

    Hey, I’ve Stumbled you I plan on blogging about it tonight or tomorrow in the morning – depending on the kidlets.

    Oral hygeine is a big topic around here, aside from the twice (or more for me…I’m terrified of the “bad breath”bug) we floss, rinse, and talk to our 2.5 year old about her teeth. Both our girls have been having their teeth brushed since they were nothing more than tiny white buds. It’s super important for so much more than the longevity of your teeth.

    ps. Have fun at Martha…I’m only completely jealous!
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..I, was here… =-.

  • Noreen September 30, 2009, 10:45 pm

    We have two little girls (6 and 4). The brushing we have down pat. Now flossing they do not like. I try and do it every other day
    .-= Noreen ´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: More Cake Challenges =-.

  • Ashley October 1, 2009, 8:44 pm
  • lace October 1, 2009, 10:29 pm

    We have all just visited the dentist. 5 year old has cavities and just had one filled last week and is getting another one filled next week. She did great. The 2 year old did great as well. No cavities. They both still need help with brushing. And the flossing we all could do better on.

  • Sheri October 2, 2009, 9:22 am

    My husband and I have one daughter who is 14 months old. When she got her first tooth, we began using a baby brush to gently brush her teeth. It was more so she would get used to the toothbrush for later. Now at 14 months, it is part of her morning routine with her dad and he puts the smallest dab of toothpaste on and she holds it and moves it around on her own (she doesn’t like it when we do it because she is quite independant — to a point). Also, at the beginning of her bath routine at night, she gets her toothbrush again and looks for it every time she has a bath.

    My husband is bad for not brushing his teeth at night, and I am bad for rushing in the morning and not brushing mine. We are trying to correct our bad behaviors before she is old enough to notice – which is probably now!

    This is a great giveaway – thanks for the chance to enter.
    .-= Sheri´s last blog ..Corel Painter Essentials 4 Winner =-.

  • Sheri October 2, 2009, 9:33 am

    I follow you on twitter @ThisBirdsDay
    .-= Sheri´s last blog ..Corel Painter Essentials 4 Winner =-.

  • Carey October 3, 2009, 5:39 am

    I have 4 kids, and i try very hard to keep the kids on track with their brushing habits. We were all blessed with teeth that are crowded with little spacing, so I need to keep them on target. The one area I do have trouble with them is the flossing, they are good for the week after their cleaning, then it seems to go downhill from there.
    .-= Carey´s last blog .. =-.

  • Carey October 3, 2009, 5:40 am

    Im following you on twitter as well, forgot to mention that.
    .-= Carey´s last blog .. =-.

  • katie October 3, 2009, 11:03 am

    We brush in the morning (i try to get ‘em after breakfast) and before bed. I only get to flossing at night. I’ve been using the little plastic flossers, but find they don’t get in the molars very easily…so i use regular floss and then give the lil’ man one of the cool flossers just to try flossing with. he hasn’t used flouride yet…but we’re getting there.

    we have one kid!

    brushing and flossing ARE yet another thing that needs to get done…of course there have been nights that we forget…but we do our best!

    because our lil’ man has a wee bit of decay i have started really making an effort to try harder! he thinks it is really funny to sing with his mouth open. “mary had a little lamb”…but with no words seems to get him to keep his mouth open long enough to do a quick floss. Raffi has a funny teeth song too.

  • Tori October 3, 2009, 4:56 pm

    We have two litte ones- almost 2 and 3 weeks. One of my older son’s favorite things to do is brush is teeth- but it’s a struggle to get him to let US do it to ensure it’s done well. Ah! As for me, I’m TERRIBLE at remembering to floss but I have “good teeth” so it hasn’t been a problem yet.
    .-= Tori´s last blog ..Go Fish! =-.

  • Tori October 3, 2009, 4:57 pm

    I follow you on twitter.
    .-= Tori´s last blog ..Go Fish! =-.

  • Tamara October 4, 2009, 9:25 am

    I have one son, who is 20 months. We have been brushing his teeth for quite a while now. It is part of his bedtime routine. I have been trying to get one more brushing a day in (after his am snack) but I’m not as consistent about that one!) We don’t floss his teeth yet, but DH and I are pretty good about it!

  • Tamara October 4, 2009, 9:31 am

    I’m a twitter follower!

  • Tooth Plaque December 1, 2009, 3:12 pm

    Glad to see everyone is at least trying to practice proper oral hygiene. Even if you really don’t have time to brush your teeth, at least quickly rinse your mouth with water to dislodge any food stuck between your teeth. Afterall its these food debris that cause plaque build up. Its not much but better than nothing at all.

  • Christian Lee April 30, 2010, 11:14 pm

    Bad breath or halitosis can be easily elimated by using mouthwash with hexetidine or triclosan.,~-

  • Tooth Abscess Treatment June 14, 2010, 7:40 am

    We must brush our teeth 2-3 times a day to avoid tooth decay and toothache also.. This post helps a lot. Very informative post!Thank you!

  • Tooth Abscess Treatment June 14, 2010, 9:55 am

    Oh that’s cool Oral-b has the best brushes in the world!thanks for the heads up!

  • Tucson Dentist September 10, 2010, 2:44 pm

    It is so important to teach kids oral hygiene at an early age. And don’t feel bad about the flossing. Most adults don’t floss and they should know better ha ha.

    You provided a lot of great information in the post. I hope more people learn and follow it. So many people don’t realize that your overall health is directly related to the health of your teeth and gums.

  • thousand oaks pediatric dentist October 5, 2010, 4:16 pm

    I found your post to be extremely informative. I hope you generate a lot of followers of your healthy dental hygiene advice by using U Comment I Follow. That’s how I found it.

    It’s critical that children learn oral hygiene as early as possible. Flossing is an essential part of that.

    There are all too many people who fail to realize that a person’s overall health (including heart health) is related directly to the health of your teeth as well as your gums.

    If you want to see some interesting statistics on tooth decay, check out http://www.dentistry-statistics.com/tooth-decay-dental-cavities.php . For example: “According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 4 million U.S. children have visually evident cavities, and 70 percent of these children have unfilled cavities.”

  • Atlanta Cosmetic Dentist November 20, 2010, 6:57 pm

    Parents often times do not express the necessity of oral care to their young children. Children learn by example, so I make sure to tell my adult patients that have kids to be good examples for their kids (brush 2-3 times a day, floss, regular dental checkups, etc.).

  • kauai dentists October 9, 2012, 11:55 pm

    Love your post, very informative. Hope you continue to write one. :)

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