Healthy Smile Routines: Life with a Dentist *spon

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I’ve known my husband since he started out on his journey to become a dentist. As one who was never a fan of going to the dentist myself, I have since become a firm believer in the passion that he has surrounding the oral health of our family and his patients. Perhaps I stop just short of sharing his passion, but I understand and appreciate how important it is to maintain a healthy smile more than ever-especially for my children.

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Our routines at home have become more diligent in the last couple of years as Justin learned more about dentistry and the possible implications of not taking proper care of our teeth. We don’t do anything outside of the standard routine recommended by most dentists, but we are careful about how much toothpaste we give the children at each brushing. He is very serious about making sure that the kids get less than a pea-sized teeny drop of tooth paste as a precaution against flourosis.

We use our electric toothbrushes, and have one that we use for the kids, but we change out the toothbrush heads per child. Justin and I also have started to use Colgate Total Mouthwash as a part of our daily routine-something that I was never in the habit of doing prior to being married to a dental school student. The kids even tried it!

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(he’s always this cute/dorky)

Colgate was an easy choice for us, since it is the brand used and distributed by Justin’s alma mater, NYU Dental School. We find our toothbrushes and Colgate Total Mouthwash at Target-which just seems to make everything easier. Target is so much of a one-stop-shop for us, and I cannot wait to live closer to one starting next month.

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Needless to say, I went to our “local” store in Harlem specifically for mouthwash and saran wrap, and left with a cart full of other completely necessary items. I never can seem to walk out of Target without at least a few bags full of awesome finds. The true test will come when I have an actual car with a trunk to load the bags into rather than carrying them all-and how that will alter my budget.

I wondered how my life would change once I was married to a dentist, but I’m realizing that there isn’t much to maintaining oral health: Brush twice a day and floss nearly as often. I find that using mouthwash either at the time of brushing or in between always makes me feel that much better about making sure my smile is clean and healthy.

This post was sponsored by Colgate Total Mouthwash and Collective Bias, however my thoughts and opinions are always my own.

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  • It looks like you have your whole family in a great dental routine!

  • I noticed that you mentioned using an electric toothbrush with your littles, but I’d read somewhere else not to use then on kids due to their gums receding. I’m curious as to what your husband/dentist’s thoughts are about that. I’d like to use one for our kids, as I find they work so much better than conventional brushes, but I’m still a bit apprehensive.

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