Dental Beauty…For Toddlers!

Beauty starts when you’re young, gals. It’s true. I am a stickler about healthy teeth and dental care and will raise my wee babelets to be the same way. Through PopSugar and Aquafresh, Elle and I got the opportunity to play with their Training Toothpaste and toothbrush.

Aquafresh Training Toothpaste

And I say “playing” because have you ever tried to stick a toothbrush in a toddler’s mouth? It’s hard stuff, y’all. Especially when you’re dealing with Little Miss Independent. Elle is a lot like me in that she always wants to take control. Even if she doesn’t know what she’s doing. Haaaa!!!

Baby brushing teeth

Hey parental figures, did you know that compared to your tooth enamel, your baby’s enamel is 50% thinner? Craziness, right? Since these tiny humans aren’t aware of this fact, it is our job to ensure that they not only take it easy on the sweets but that they keep those budding teeth healthy, strong and white. Brushing baby and toddler teeth should happen as soon as their teeth come in. Not only does it get them used to creating healthy habits but it helps their teeth get the best first start. Or so says The little mouth experts ™.

Aquafresh toothbrush

Elle is a big fan of her toothbrush. While she loves nomm’ing on the handle more than anything, I dig how soft the bristles are. The handle is eye-catching enough for even the most distracted toddler and it fits comfortably in her little hands. And she can’t get enough of that toothpaste. I also love how the paste is clear and free from random color dyes. Consistency wise, the paste seemed to be perfect for little mouths. A little went a long way and I appreciate that the paste is formula-free. If she could put together a complete sentence, I’m pretty sure Elle would agree that Aquafresh’s  Training Toothpaste is pretty stellar for a Kid’s 1st Toothpaste.

Aquafresh Training Toothpaste tube

And you know what? I’m a mint girl, myself but I’ve got to admit, the Apple-Banana flavor isn’t half bad. Mamas, papas, Aunts, Uncles, Grams and friends with babes, I’m thinking this toothpaste will be a major hit for the little one in your life. As always, please use product as directed on label.

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Aquafresh through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Aquafresh, all opinions are my own.

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen

I have always believed that after well polished nails, an outfit is not complete without a gorgeous smile. Thanks to the lovely people at Colgate your smile can become even more radiant. Colgate has introduced the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen which makes brushing and whitening a simple step. I was so excited to receive a sample of this!

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen

The toothbrush is designed remove the surface stains from your teeth and the whitening pen contains hydrogen peroxide which helps cleaning beyond surface stains. The whitening pen is right under the toothbrush so it is convenient and you wont have to worry about losing it.

So now the important – question does it work?

Colgate Optic White

YES!  I love this toothbrush whitening pen combo. This is the first whitening product I have used that didn’t make my teeth feel super sensitive and afraid to eat right after using. The whitening gel is a little gritty at first, but it dries in seconds and your teeth look whiter and brighter.

Colgate Whitening Gel

After using so many whitening strips, mouthwashes, and whitening molds this is the most convenient whitening product that I have ever used.  At $14.99 this toothbrush whitening pen combo is available everywhere and a must have in my beauty book.

So…what do you think? Would you use the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen to dazzle your smile?

 

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B's Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

The Time I Made A Mold Of My Teeth…

Smile Brilliant Whitening System

I’ve been crazy excited about sharing this with y’all. I’ve always been pretty serious about dental health but lately, I’ve gotten a bit well, uh…lazy. I glanced at myself in the mirror some months back, noticed that my usually pretty white smile was just a wee bit dull. Smile Brilliant reached out to me at the perfect time. I got the opportunity to get a custom made tooth mold!

Wait. Did that sound crazy? Because, I felt a bit crazy typing it. By tooth mold I meant “custom fitted whitening trays”. Smile Brilliant offers several products but I think their real claim to fame has got to be these things…

Teeth whitening trays

Because where else can you find a brand that goes as far as to create a whitening tray for you? It really is the coolest thing. And relatively easy too. You spend spend a few minutes playing scientist, mix some clay, pop ‘em in the tray, pop the tray in your mouth, get the mold and mail the mold to Smile Brilliant. In less than 2 weeks, you’ll get your trays back and boom, you’re ready to get to whitening.

Custom fitted teeth whitening trays

Quick disclaimer, I have had serious issues with whitening products in the past. How do I put this gently? Um…THEY HURT! I’m talkin’ I’d rather have a migraine-kinda hurt. I’ve sworn off of all whitening products but what made me open up to Smile Brilliant is the fact that they have Desensitizing Gel. That’s right. A good 15 minutes before application, I can simply use the Desensitizing Gel ahead of time and not have to worry about the pain that comes from teeth whitening.

Also, like a bad blogger, I didn’t take before photos. Grrrrr.

Smile Brilliant teeth whitening

How do the molds feel?
Pretty cool, actually. I found them to be  comfortable. I was able to talk with them. Ideally, I think they’d be best to use while sleeping, but if you HAD to use them while awake, chances are people will understand what you’re saying.

Who are these for?
Anyone with teeth! Seriously. Thanks to genetics and my distaste for coffee, for the most part, my teeth stay pretty white. Overtime, I know that they will dull up a bit and so Smile Brilliant is coming in handy for occasion touch-ups. It is also fantastic for those with yellowing and stained teeth. Don’t believe me? Check this out.

Does this kit actually work?
YES! While difficult to notice in my pictures, despite my aggressive flossing (haha, sounds like a band name), I can’t seem to whiten up the area between my 2 bottom teeth. Until now. After 2 treatments the Smile Brilliant trays completely whitened up the teeth. Woot!

Okay, B. Sounds good. Is this affordable?
Compared to what your dentist will charge you, this kit is definitely affordable. Keep in mind that it is an investment and getting a mold made ensures that you will be able to use it time after time. The mold plus 1 syringe of whitening gel with run you $89. One syringe will only get you 3 treatments, so I highly recommend getting 6 syringes for $129. Still not bad considering getting this professionally done can cost almost 3x as much.

What is the whitening gel made from?
It is dentist-strength 22% Carbamide Peroxide and comes in 3ml syringes.

Whitening gel

I’m a fan and I’m thinking about gifting Esposo with some Smile Brilliant goodies? That isn’t bad, is it? Gifting your husband with teeth whitening goodies? Ah well. I am very excited to see what other cool things Smile Brilliant launches in the future. I love brands that stay above the trends.

Smile Brilliant trays

What do you think? Would you ever try something like this?

Keep Those Teeth Beautiful: Tips for Preventing Tooth Enamel Erosion

Keeping the pout pretty is more than just staying up on the prettiest lip shades. This post is brought to you by Darla Scheidt, the Marketing Director for Grove Dental Associates  and she’s going to give us the skinny behind a lovely thing called…tooth enamel erosion.

We’ve been hearing a lot about tooth enamel and what happens when it wears down, or erodes. While most of us are aware of tooth decay, the whole enamel erosion idea has taken some of us by surprise. Though there are many products available to help strengthen tooth enamel, did you know that there are quite a few things that you can do to prevent erosion from happening? Even if you’re already seeing signs of tooth enamel erosion, you can still start now to prevent further damage.

Avoid Consuming the Following

There are quite a few things that wear down our tooth enamel and, unfortunately, a lot of them are our favorite foods:

Soft drinks – If it’s sweet and has bubbles, it’s probably not good for your teeth. The problem isn’t just the sugar, it’s the acids used in making soda pop. If you must drink it, try to stay away from clear, citrus sodas as they typically have higher acid content than their darker counterparts.

Energy and sports drinks – Though we may need these for a pick-me-up, they are as full of acids as sodas. This includes those energy shots and the drinks that athletes use to replenish electrolytes.

Citrus fruit – This makes sense, as citric acid levels are high in oranges, tangerines, lemons and limes. Don’t avoid these completely; rather, try to mix them with other fruits or foods so you can still get the vitamins.

Vinegar – As you may know, vinegar is used as an ingredient in a lot of foods to balance the sweetness since it is acidic. It’s so potent that many people use it to clean their homes! Try to avoid foods with a lot of it, such as salad dressing.

Carbohydrates – These aren’t only bad for your waist, they’re terrible for your teeth! If you eat a lot of refined carbs, you’re eating a lot of sugar, which is adept at wrecking your teeth. Try balancing your Pasta Alfredo with a nice salad (minus the vinaigrette dressing!).
There are some other causes of tooth enamel erosion. Try to avoid having dry mouth—if you need to, keep sugarless chewing gum or bottled water on hand. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, you can wear down your enamel. See your dentist because he or she may have a suggestion for a small mouthpiece to keep you from doing this.

Acid reflux disease (GERD) can also cause enamel erosion. If you have this condition, make sure to discuss options with your doctor as it can also cause problems with your esophagus.

What to Do If You’ve Already Had Enamel Loss

First of all, eliminate as many of the causes of tooth enamel erosion as you can. Quit the sugary foods, sodas and any acidic foods and talk to your doctor about other medical conditions that could affect your enamel.

Using toothpaste with fluoride is good for maintaining and strengthening your enamel, and make sure to floss frequently. There are also products on the market, specifically rinses, that may help strengthen your tooth enamel.

Your dentist may have some suggestions for you, which may include prescription solutions to strengthen your enamel. There may also be some procedures that can help strengthen your teeth.

Bonding is a procedure that has become popular in recent years for cosmetic reasons; it’s responsible for many of those bright, white “Hollywood” smiles. The process involves covering your teeth with a substance that strengthens them and prevents further damage, helping you to avoid tooth loss.

Crowns have been around for a long time and will protect from further damage; they may be an option for you if there has been some loss of the bony material of your teeth.

 

About the author:
Darla Scheidt is the Marketing Director for Grove Dental Associates, a successful multi-office, multi-specialty group dental practice in the Chicago western suburbs. With four offices, over 30 doctors and having been in practice for over 40 years, Grove Dental stays on the cutting edge of dentistry to better serve patients.

4 Reasons to Regularly Get Your Teeth Cleaned

This post is brought to you by Periodontist Dr. Joseph Zelig. Thinking of skipping another regularly scheduled dental cleaning? Think again.Poor oral hygiene can lead to more than just cavities and bad breath. Here are four reasons to keep getting regular teeth cleanings and checkups from your dentist.

Detect Dental Problems Early

As with every aspect of health, early detection is key in treatment. During a teeth cleaning, your dentist will probably check the health of your gums, as well as check your mouth for any signs of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Your dentist will also examine your face, bite, saliva and the movement of your lower jaw joints. Your dentist will be able to easily detect any cavities, broken fillings or gum disease—and early detections are key for effective treatment.

Prevent Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is caused by the presence of plaque. Plaque is that colorless, bacteria-filled film that adheres to your teeth, as you probably know. What you may not know is that the bacteria in plaque produces toxins that irritate the gums and cause inflammation, leading to gingivitis. Additionally, if plaque stays on your teeth for too long, it hardens into tartar and becomes increasingly difficult to remove. Regular dental cleanings remove any tartar buildup, preventing inflammation as well as preventing the gum tissues from being destroyed and more advanced stages of gum disease to follow. If most problems go untreated, gum surgery, removal of teeth, and root canals become the only options available. Additionally, gum disease has been linked to heart attacks and strokes recently, so healthy gums and teeth could possibly reduce your risk.

Have a Healthy, Bright, White Smile

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, so regular checkups and cleaning will help you hold on to your teeth as long as possible. Missing teeth are unsightly, and getting fake teeth, crowns or veneers is expensive and inconvenient. Additionally, your dentist can remove tobacco, tea, coffee and other stains from food or the like. Your dentist will also polish your teeth as part of a regular cleaning.

Use Your Dental Insurance Plan

If you have a dental insurance plan, it will usually pay for all or most of the cost of dental cleanings and checkups every six months. It is wise to take advantage of this, as regular checkups and a good bill of oral health prevent costly dental procedures for complicated problems down the road. If your dentist diagnoses any problems in your mouth, he or she will devise a treatment plan that will detail the costs of each required procedure and you will be able to discuss financial arrangements. The overall health benefits from regular teeth cleanings should be enough to convince you to keep up the habit. Additionally, dental studies show that about 85% of people with halitosis have a dental problem that is to blame, so good oral hygiene is essential for fresh breath. To make sure that you are keeping up with good oral hygiene, you better not skip that regularly scheduled cleaning!

About the author:
Dr. Joseph Zelig, D.D.S., is a Board Certified Periodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. A practicing periodontist, speaker and educator, Dr. Zelig is currently practicing at Smile in the City located in Manhattan, New York.

Want white teeth? Of course you do!

It’s confession time. Are you ready for this one? Okay. Here goes. I haven’t been to the dentist in over a year. I’ve always been a stickler about dental health so my not going is like…a big deal. The good news is, I’ve already set an appointment with my dentist. I know I’ve got a cavity or two so I’m already prepared to hear the tongue lashing. I got this tube of Colgate Optic White Dual Action toothpaste to review and while my dentist may chew me out over my cavities, she’ll be super impressed with my pearly whites.

Colgate Optic White Dual Action toothpaste

It’s been awhile since I’ve tried out a new toothpaste so I was excited about this one. Like the original Colgate Optic White, this toothpaste promises to make your whiter in just 1 week. But not only that, it also promises to keep those teeth shiny. Shiny white teeth? Sign me up!

Colgate Optic White Dual Action toothpaste tube

I probably won’t ever do professional dental whitening or bleaching (just doesn’t seem safe somehow…) so whitening toothpastes are the closest I will get to super white and bright teeth. Colgate’s Optic White is one of my favorite on the market because I feel like it keeps my teeth white and freshens my breath. I’ve tried some of those toothpastes that claim they’ll brighten and freshen but they are usually lacking in one of the departments. And I really like the Crystal Mint flavor of this toothpaste. It’s refreshing and long-lasting. Ah yessss. Toothpaste rocks.

And like most toothpastes, you can get a tube of this at your local drugstore or at Target or Walmart. If your beautiful smile is in need of some brightenin’, I say give this stuff a try.

Do you whiten your teeth?

My favorite toothpaste has a new flavor. Woot!

I shall premise this post saying I’ve got a dentist appointment in a few weeks and I am freakin’ out. Have I ever told y’all how much I haaate the dentist? The good news is, my hatred for the dentist  has resulted in good heath care. The more I take care of my teeth at one, the less painful it will be when I go to the dentist. And sure, I’ve gone a day without flossing once or twice. But dude, I’ve only had 2 cavities in my whole life and my dentist swears I do whitening treatments.

Um no. I don’t. I just brush with Colgate’s Optic White toothpaste.

Remember when I reviewed it last Fall? They’re back with a new flavor and I think I dig it more than the original.

I’ve been using this toothpaste for a while and yes, my teefs are white. Of course I cooooould thank one of my parents as good dental health is genetic. But instead, I’ll thank Colgate. 8)

If you find the Cool Mild Mint flavor in your drugstore, snag it up. The fresh breath coupled with the whitening power of hydrogen peroxide kinda rocks.

Dental beauty question! Are you okay with visiting the dentist or are you slightly terrified like me?

LUSH’s Toothy Tabs makes brushing teeth fun!

I talk a lot dental health. Mascara ain’t got nothin’ on healthy teeth and gums. And my dentist didn’t even pay me to say that. 8) Point is–if there is a super cool dental health product or brand, you can bet that I’ll want to check it out and review it for y’all. Take LUSH’s Dirty Tooth Tabs for example….

Made without preservatives but WITH natural ingredients, these Dirty Toothy Tabs are super ideal for traveling and teeth brushing on the go. While I’m not sure I’d trade my traditional toothpaste for these, I think the Toothy Tabs may find a permanent spot in my traveling case. Will the tabs remove plaque and leave your teeth feeling clean? Absolutely! But the fresh breath babe that is me needs to feel a burst of freshness and you just won’t get that with these tabs. You also don’t get the “whitening” agents in Toothy Tabs. I love toothpastes that also whiten and would consider using the Toothy Tabs daily if they had properties that assisted with that. The good news is, they are super easy to use. The instructions are right outside of the packaging.

And they don’t foam up as much as a traditional toothpaste but it does enough to where your teeth will feel clean. Even better is that you can get 40 of these teeth tab-ies for $3.95.

That’s about the same price as traditional toothpaste AND you can easily recycle the cardboard container. Is it cost effective going from regular toothpaste to Toothy Tabs? Maybe. The average person brushes their teeth twice a day so 40 tabs at twice a day in a month equals 60 tabs. That’s just for one person. Of course you’d need more tabs for more members in the family. Going through 2-4 boxes of Toothy Tabs a month at $3.95 a pop isn’t THAT much of an investment for dental health.

I do however find these to be extremely practical for traveling. They take up less space and while you don’t get that super minty breath like you would from a store-bought toothpaste, I love the way they make my teeth feel. Even though they don’t provide enough for me to use every day, I wouldn’t mind using these every now and then every time I take a trip. Plus, they’re just fun to use. They come in 6 different flavors and you can grab them at LUSH locations and LUSH.com.