#HealthyHabits Results and $100 Gift Card Giveaway


Listerine Total Care Zero is easier for me to use, due to no alcohol

It’s been three weeks since my family and I started the LISTERINE® and REACH® Healthy Habits for a Lifetime Oral Care Challenge.  We were pretty clueless when we first got started. You can check out some of my misconceptions about oral health care.

Basically, in this challenge, every member of my family brushed, flossed, and rinsed at least twice a day. My kids now love rinsing, which they call “doing swishies.”

The biggest thing that I learned by doing this challenge is that it only takes a few minutes to take care of myself. I was good at making my kids brush their teeth before(though not flossing or rinsing) but when it came to me, I was too busy rushing around to take a few minutes to take care of my teeth.

And that’s just ridiculous. It really is only a few minutes out of my day. And now I brush, floss, and rinse right alongside my kids: best way to get your kids into a good habit is to model it! And after these three weeks, it’s a habit for us. So, even if I’m exhausted after getting home from soccer and try to rush the bedtime routine, my boys will say “Mo-om, we can’t go to bed yet, we didn’t do swishies!”

You can check out more about this Healthy Habit challenge and get oral health care tips for you and for your kids, as well as links to buy Listerine and Reach products by visiting this page on Walmart.com.


Want to try this challenge and be on your way to creating Healthy Habits?

Giveaway: One winner will receive LISTERINE® and REACH® product samples to step-up your oral care routine and a $100 Walmart gift card to continue the healthy habit.

No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, Eighteen (18) years of age or older. Sweepstakes end March 30, 2012(entries will close at 9pm ET March 26th to allow time to contact winner. Winner will have 48 hours to responde or a new winner will be selected). Prize(s) provided by Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, a division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules for complete details.  

To enter(mandatory entry): Leave a comment sharing one tip for how you encourage your family to engage in healthy oral care habits.

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This is a sponsored post through TheMotherhood.com though all 0pinions and newly formed dental habits are my own.

This giveaway is now closed and the winner is Leigh(@hinessightblog).

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  1. Marilyn Wons says:

    We known that good oral hygiene saves on dentist visits so we have good habits.

  2. I let the kids pick out their toothbrushes and toothpaste
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  4. I use my awful excuse for teeth as an example of what not to do.
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  6. kristen m says:

    I encourage my family by keeping us regular on going to the dentist and making sure we always have floss/mouth wash and all the other essentials on hand!
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  7. Brittany W says:

    I don’t know if this is a tip or not, but flossing and rinsing isn’t a chore. A lot of people skip over it, but try to think about those who get cavities or have very badly stained teeth – that’s my motivation to have good oral hygiene. Beautiful and healthy teeth and mouth is important to me. And if people don’t want to floss they can use the water pik, that tool is really fun to use!

  8. Kristi B says:

    I buy a fun toothbrush (Pooh Bear, Looney Tunes, etc). That seems to make it more fun.

  9. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    I sing a song to my kids while they brush!

  10. I’ve started making my own toothpaste. I don’t have to worry about what we’re putting in our mouths and customize the taste to suit what we like.

  11. I lead by example with my oral health care.

  12. We call it time for Brush and Flush and we brush together with the kids, coaching like a gym coach “aaaand up and down….. now back and forth… round and round” and we all giggle.
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  13. We all make sure to hit the dentist every 6 months.
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  14. I have twin grandsons 18 months old, I watch them 2 overnights a week and my son was brushing his teeth in front of them and now they both want to brush their teeth, they wanted a toothbrush right away and they got the hang of it immediately.

  15. I signed up for updates also, good site.

  16. Belinda Shaw says:

    My family goes to the dentist regularly and brushes, flosses and rinses several times a day.

  17. I put brushing my teeth on a list on the frig. No matter what I’m doing at the end of the night I’m always in the frig. so that’s why I remember to brush after the last meal, I use one of those erase boards.

  18. I signed up for updates.

  19. I have very good teeth, but finances have caused me to not be able to go to the dentist, that’s why I remember to brush and floss.

  20. I signed up for updates.

  21. I brush at least twice a day, have always done that, I would rather do that than have to get something done at the dentist.

  22. I signed up for your updates.

  23. Brush every day, have 2 sons who I want to get into the habit as early as possible, they mimic me so I don’t think it will be a problem getting them to brush.

  24. I signed up for your updates.

  25. Leanne M says:

    We visit the dentist regularly and I always warn the kids of the Sugar Bugs eating their teeth.

  26. Leanne M says:

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  27. Not only do I visit the dentist regularly I actually hang out with him socially
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  29. Penny Snyder says:

    My parents always encouraged to have good dental care & told me constantly we only have 1 set of teeth, so take care of them…..I passed this on to my children! grammypenny@frontier.com

  30. Adrienne gordon says:

    We let them know how important their teeth are.

  31. Rebecca F says:

    i tell my kiddos that to brush their teeth or their teeth will fall out :)  thats encouraging right?? :)

  32. Pat Cipolla says:

    As soon as we get up and before going to bed, I encourage everyone to brush & use mouthwash

  33. Jessica Cote says:

    I buy them toothbrushes with their favorite character. Yes I know they work just the same as the cheaper ones but if it helps I’m willing to pay more!

  34. Start by choosing favorite color of toothbrush then making it part of the routine. I totally agree that you have to be part of the routine and modeling the behavior to get the buy-in for it.
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  35. We aren’t great at brushing our teeth although we are trying to do better now. I agree with the modeling part. The little ones prefer brushing with me.
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  36. brandy g. says:

    We keep regular appointments with the dentist for cleanings and we always brush before we go to bed and when we get up in the morning.

  37. Solducky says:

    We make a fun game out of teeth brushing!
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  39. Stephanie says:

    i let them pick out the toothbrushes they want that seems to help

  40. When the kids were little, I would sing “Brusha, Brusha, Brusha,” like Jan from Grease did in the movie.  They thought it was funny. 
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  41. Krystal R says:

    When my son was younger, I encouraged him by allowing him to choose his toothbrushes and flavors of toothpaste. he has great habits nowQ

  42. Krystal R says:

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  43. Mami2jcn says:

    My kids get excited about oral hygiene when they get to pick out their own toothbrushes and toothpaste.  

  44. Mami2jcn says:

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  45. I am your newest email suscriber.
    My son knew that every after meal, he should brush his teeth (except when he’s at school). And every time he eats sweets/chocolates. He doesn’t like the thought that he’ll have brown teeth:)
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  46. courtney b says:

    we brush our teeth twice a day 5 minutes- we time it!

  47. Margaret Smith says:

    We set an example for our children. We remind them both morning and night to brush and often we watch them to make sure they are doing it right.
    Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway.

  48. courtney b says:

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  49. Margaret Smith says:

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  50. Awesome.

    I get my kids to take care of their teeth because I say they will fall out if they don’t and then people will call them, “No teeth McGee.”
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  51. Nicole Leonard says:

    My son is one. I brush my teeth in front of him so he can see something that mommy does that he will want to do as well. I purchased a winnie the pooh toothbrush for him that I use to brush his teeth. Sometimes he gets fussy when I try to brush his teeth. I will continue to keep it up though because I want him to have good oral care. He also sees Mommy and Daddy using the regular flavor Listerine before we brush. Although what he actually see is us making silly bubble faces!

  52. Jaque R. says:

    Out of frustration, I bought a two minute hour glass timer….brightly colored.  Now when my children brush their teeth I turn the timer upside down and they are fascinated by the sand slowing moving through the glass.  Now they brush until the the sand is finished flowing…visuals always work with my children. :-) Thank you.

  53. Susan Smith says:

    I let my kids pick out their own toothpaste. They brush twice a day and go to the dentist twice a year.

  54. Susan Smith says:

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  55. Melody Counts says:

    I sing a tooth brushing song from the Sprout channel to my toddler daughter to make it fun for us to brush her teeth.

  56. I’ve been brushing my daughter’s teeth since before she had them! :)
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  57. Letting them have a decision in the process — even as simple as toothpaste flavor or bath soap scent can help! :)

  58. I subscribe via email :)

  59.  I ty to encourage the kids to brush with me. We definitely need to be better at this!
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  60. I think picking out a good dentist who is great with kids is a good start to them learning that dental care is important

  61. Fun toothbrushes help encourage brushing!

  62. Kelly Nicholson says:

    Leave a comment sharing one tip for how you encourage your family to engage in healthy oral care habits.

    brush often and floss..do it now!!

  63. anna pry says:

    i brush with my kids so I can remind them to floss and swish too

  64. anna pry says:

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  65. I let my daughter pick out her own toothbrush.

    I have also told her that she only has the one set of teeth and if she doesn’t take care of them they will fall out.  Maybe I shouldn’t use scare tactics but it seems to work. . .  Soooo whatever works, right?
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  67. If we take care of our teeth then we don’t have to dread going to the dentist.
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  68. Jack Palmer says:

    My children all get regular dentest visits, I tell them to brush after every meal and get them new dental tools on a regular basis.

  69. Janice Cooper says:

    Brushing twice a day- morning and night and regularly buying new toothbrushes at least every 3 months.

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  71. Jessie C. says:

    DDs are always happy to pick up their own brushes and flavor toothpastes.  This is one way I encourage them to  engage in healthy oral care habits.

  72. Jessie C. says:

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  73. Cool toothbrushes always help! My youngest has a spin brush that came with stickers to personalize. He loves! ;)
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  75. We help Squeaker brush his teeth and we take him to the dentist every 6 months just like us. 
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  77. I always let Nate pick his toothbrush and buy the good tasting toothpaste!  The little characters help make him more excited.
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  79. I lead by example.

  80. I remind them that they only get one set of permanent teeth.

  81. T. Lawson says:

    We go to the dentist regularly.

  82. we keep a chart in the bathroom tracking how many times they brush their teeth
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  84. Cynthia C says:

    Knowing that good oral hygiene is related to general good health is a great motivation.

  85. Barbara M says:

    We set a good example by daily brushing and flossing.
    Thank you.

  86. My kids love brushing their teeth, so I basically just encourage them and “help” a little at the end. If they protest, I let them “help” me, too :) We haven’t attempted “swishies” yet!
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  87. I already subscribe :) We started with the teeth very early, like when the kiddos were 3 months old, with a little bumpy finger cover that we ran around their gums.
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  88. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I agree with you that modelling is the best approach.  When mine was little, I simply announced that it was time for teeth and brushed with him.

  89. Mary Beth Elderton says:

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  90. I buy special tooth paste for each kiddo. It’s fun to use something that’s “all yours”.
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  92. carol lewis says:

    We limit sugary foods because those things are not healthy and you can just feel the plaque they leave on your teeth which is gross!

  93. carol lewis says:

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  94. I am pretty alert to what condition everyone’s brushes are in. I try to keep a few back ups around. And change them sooner than recommended if I feel there is a need.

    I read somewhere that no matter what you spend on dental care, it is cheaper than losing your teeth (or trying to save one that’s going bad).
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  95. I subscribe by email.

    And I would really love that prize!
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  96. Michelle H. says:

    I have a timer in the bathroom that I set for my daughter; she has to brush until the timer goes off and then she can be done.   I vary the time between a minute and two minutes because she’s little now and has a short attention span but we do it at least after every meal and before bed. I have horrible teeth and I want to make sure she keeps hers clean and problem-free as long as possible.

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  98. We let our daughter pick out her own toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash flavors so she is exited to brush her teeth.

  99. I’m an email subscriber

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  100. I always let the kiddos pick out their own tooth brush and tooth paste. That way they’ll use what they like. Thanks.

  101. Instead of nagging them about it, we create a fun-time about it. The first one to do it gets to pick what we have for dinner that night.

  102. Since my daughter’s really too young to understand what oral hygiene is all about, but is fascinated with everything I do, I just sit her in her walker while I’m flossing and brushing. She loves watching momma and when I use the little rubber tooth cleaner on her gums she loves it. I also schedule regular dental check-ups for me and the hubs.
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  105. Susan Ladd says:

    Good good oral hygiene helps my family to stay in good health by brushing there teeth, getting good dentist check up. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :)

  106. tracy davis says:

    We go to the dentist for a cleaning every 6 months

  107. Usually if we all brush at the same time, or one after the other, its a good reminder to do a good job brushing. We also opt for fun colored brushes and flavored pastes!

  108. I set a timer on the bathroom sink and encourage the grandchildren to brush until they hear the bell.

  109. I already subscribe to you by email.

  110. Rebecca Graham says:

    We have regular dental visits every 6 months.

  111. Katherine Persons says:

    I make sure they have a cool looking toothbrush they want to use

  112. Katherine Persons says:

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  113. Kim Burmeister says:

    We have good habits, but there are times when our boys complain about brushing.  We always ask them if they want “witchy” teeth.  This means yellow and gross.  For some reason that gets them to brush.

  114. we go to the dentist twice a year and brushes 3 times a day.

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  116. CATHY TRUMAN says:

    You need to visit the dentist twice a year and brush your teeth 2 to 3 times a day



  117. Sarah Hirsch says:

    i don’t do anything out of the ordinary, just make sure my kids brush their teeth every morning and every night

  118. I make brushing teeth fun and lead by example

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  119. I tell my kids if they don’t take care of their teeth, they will fall out.. and then they will look like their grandmother! bahahaha is that evil??
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  121. Heidi Gail says:

    I talk about going to the dentist with my kids. I brush my younger grandkids teeth when they come over to spend the night.

  122. I signed up by email

  123. I make sure everyone brushes their teeth before going to bed.

  124. We encourage our family to have good oral habits by reminding them that they may get cavities and have to go to the dentist to have their teeth worked on if they don’t keep them nice and clean.

  125. Soha Molina says:

    I get toothpastes they like so they are encouraged to use them.

  126. Soha Molina says:

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  127. We brush together every night and I am working to get my daughter to brush every morning, because it’s so easy for her to get caught up in starting her day and forgetting. SHe’s really good, though, she flosses, even though I rarely do. Whoops! She’s teaching me, I guess. :)
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  128. Debra Hall says:

    i tell them to bruse and rinse at least 3 times a day

  129. Stephanie V. says:

    The kids have a monthly contest with a chart for morning/evening brushing and flossing. If they don’t miss one time they get a prize!

  130. Patricia Treskovich says:

    just keep reminding them that cavities are not fun

  131. Mary Calabrese says:

    I remind them that brushing twice a day is the rule!

  132. I had no idea that there was a mouthwash out there with no alcohol!!!!  I like that!!

    My MIL has a lot of issues with her teeth and gums because she didn’t care very well for them when she was younger.  So I always remind the kids that they’ll end up with the same issues if they don’t step it up now!
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  133. ashley prentice says:

    We all brush our teeth as a family to make sure it gets done every night and morning

  134. Cindy Merrill says:

    Our family is trying to lose those extra winter pounds-, so we brush our teeith and use mouth rinse after meals-: we don’t snack between meals anymore, and our gums and teeth are healthier too!

  135. Cindy Merrill says:

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  136. Our dentist puts up pictures of the kids who didn’t have any cavities. My kids love having their picture up in the office for their friends to see, so if there’s ever and argument, I just remind them of that.

  137. I think it helps when the whole family brushes together!

  138. Amy Zachek says:

    You can encourage your family by making brushing fun. For example, have a one-song dance party for the whole family when everyone’s brushing!

  139. this would be fantastic

  140. I have my children pick out fun toothbrushes so they can get excited about brushing their teeth.
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  141. I encourage by setting his toothbrush in plain site each night for him to see and use in the morning – still during the teen years!

  142. Email subscriber (won2xx at gmail)

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  143. Nagging is always helpful to keep good habits! :)

  144. Teresa D says:

    I bought my son a Mickey Mouse Toothbrush that flashes so he knows when mickey stops lighting up he is done brushing his teeth.

  145. My family goes to the dentist every 6 months. We brush and floss at least twice a day.

  146. crystle tellerday says:

    buy fun products to brush with

  147. Denise B. says:

    I just tell them to go in the bathroom and brush their teeth, and they do.

  148. Meaghan F. says:

    We don’t have dental insurance, so we try to take very good care of our teeth so we don’t have to shell out a lot of money. Miss_slytherin[at]live[dot]com

  149. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Electric toothbrush. Mouthy sensation and 2 minute shut off

  150. I lay out the floss for my kids.

  151. Email subscriber

  152. we made a chart with stickers  as rewards

  153. Signed up for email 

  154. FABULOUS giveaway, girl! 

    We do our teeth route at the same time. So I’m modeling and managing and -in my mind only- multitasking! :)
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  155. I’ve used a singing Mickey Mouse toothbrush for them

  156. Rosanne Morrison says:

    Subscribe by e-mail

  157. Linda Lansford says:

    I provide the products

  158. Linda Lansford says:

    I sub to email

  159. Heather S says:

    fun toothbrushes

  160. Denise S says:

    My kids like picking new toothbrushes and trying them out.

  161. Great giveaway! I let my daughter pick out her own toothbrush and toothpaste. It makes teeth brushing fun! 
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  162. We set good examples for our children by practicing good oral hygiene ourselves, and we always make sure that regular dentist visits are a priority.

  163. Buy a new bright toothbrush every 3 months. It’s more fun to use new things.

  164. Jennifer Marie says:

    We make it a routine to brush every morning and night.

  165. Jennifer Marie says:

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  166. I buy new toothbrushes every few months.

  167. Jessica F says:

    We make sure to set a good example by brushing and flossing almost too often so that they’ll follow!

  168. My boys love swishing and spitting – probably b/c they love it when I encourage swishing! We use a timer to make sure they aren’t just brushing for 10 seconds!

  169. I get email updates!

  170. Erica Barnes says:

    I stick to a routine.

  171. my son and I have tooth brushing compititions, to see who can brush the longest (cut off time is 2 minutes) and who can brush the best. he likes a challange so it makes him want to brush better

  172. susan varney says:

    don’t just brush always floss

  173. susan varney says:

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  174. Danielle D says:

    Flossing and brushing teeth daily!

  175. My daughter gets to pick out her toothpaste with her favorite character on it

  176. Signed up for email

  177. Carolyn G says:

    I make sure I have the right stuff for them to use and I make it easier for them to have good oral hygeine

  178. Carolyn G says:

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  179. Kyl Neusch says:

    a fun toothbrush and show by example

  180. We always gave an incentive. Such as if you brush your teeth you have and extra half hour of tv or game time before bed.
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  182. my kids love to use a timer while brushing their teeth

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  184. brushing twice a day everyday
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  185. I limit sugar, especially sodas, juices, and hard candy.

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  186. I subscribed-
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  187. Monica Smith says:

    Thomas the train on the tooth brush… That’s all they need to get excited about it!

  188. Monica Smith says:

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  189. Kim Henrichs says:

    Just knowing it will decrease dental visits is motivation here!

  190. patricia says:

    I encourage by letting them pick out thier toothbrushes and toothpaste.

  191. There’s only one way to do this – by setting the example. It’s so hypocritical to tell them it’s important if I don’t do it myself.

  192. I just start early. Make it a part of their routine when they are young, so it becomes automatic.

  193. Kathryn C. says:

    I tell my children a healthy mouth means less trips to the dentist. Flossing regularly and brushing at a minimum of twice a day will keep them from going to the dentist more than two times a year check ups. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  194. Kathryn C. says:

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  195. Jennifer says:

    My kids have fun picking out their toothbrushes and my two year old loves his battery op sponge bob brush.

  196. amberlyn Johnson says:

    bUy fun toothbrushes and yummy flavors of toothpaste

  197. courtney b says:

    we put a timer in the bathroom and make sure everyone brushes their teeth for at least 5 minutes!

  198. Deanna G. says:

    We make brushing and flossing part of our daily routine.

  199. Deanna G. says:

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  200. I encourage my family by reminding them that the better car they take of their teeth, the less they have to see the dentist.

  201. s riches says:

    We let the kids choose their toothbrushes at the store and every month we have a changing of the toothbrush ceremony.

  202. Carol Bryant says:

    Remind daily about brushing and flossing. It’s tedious, but works.

  203. Make it a part of the daily routine.

  204. Marcia Goss says:

    Buy products that taste good so that the kids will actually want to brush and rinse. Also, make it part of the bedtime routine.

  205. Marcia Goss says:

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  206. Suzanne K says:

    I make sure we’ve got good toothbrushes, paste everyone likes, floss, and regular checkups as well as making sure everyone brushes.

  207. Nicole Larsen says:

    I make sure we all go to the dentist every 6 months. I also help my 4 yr old daughter brush every night and make sure I explain why it’s so important!

  208. Nicole Larsen says:

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  209. i try and set an example and hope they follow. i had some cavities filled recently so that scared them straight a bit.

  210. Tami Boswell says:

    Make going to the dentist FUN, not scary!

  211. We try to make brushing and flossing a fun part of our morning and evening ritual by doing it all at the same time, singing songs, and buying colorful brushes and toothpaste that the kids get a kick out of. Thanks!

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  213. They’re kids. I’ve found force works. :)

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  215. we say that clean teeth are happy teeth which equals a happy mom

  216. Tiffany Salvia says:

    We encourage it by making teeth brushing a family event. We all go together when we can. It makes it much more enjoyable for my son. 

  217. Christina Sparks says:

    The kids have the character brushes that vibrate and they love this. Plus, I let them pick up their own toothpaste. They brush in the morning and before bed.

  218. lisa brown says:

    To encourage brushing, give them great tasting toothpastes and fun colorful toothbrushes. Brush with them to show them brushing is no big deal and a good thing to do.

  219. Casey Everidge says:

    i reward them with stickers and little prizes

  220. Casey Everidge says:

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  221. Jennifer Gibson says:

    We eat apples.

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  223. We lead by example
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  224. robyn paris says:

    i like to make sure we all go to the dentist regularly

  225. Diane Baum says:

    We go to the dentist twic year, sing songs when we brush to make sure we brush long enough and encourage flossing and healthy food choices

  226. a marie hj saver says:

    Using the toothpaste that shows your plaque is a good motivator.

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  227. hubby and i brush our 2 year olds teeth.. she isn’t old enough to do a ‘good’ job… and we want to make sure her pearls stay white

  228. I let my daughter pick out her own toothbrush so she’s more excited to use it

  229. Heather Garcia says:

    We know if you dont take care of our teeth we have to go see the tooth fairy (which is what my son calls the dentist)

  230. Erica C. says:

    My guy picks out his own toothbrush which gets him excited to use it more often.

  231. Buy good toothpaste.

  232. I let Bree pick out a toothbrush & toothpaste, and we make brushing our teeth a fun game!

  233. The website address for my first comment isn’t correct, I corrected it for this comment…AND I signed up for your email list!
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  234. I can’t believe I am going to admit this but I use my grandma as a reason for my kids to take better care of her teeth. At age 82 she refuses to brush her teeth unless you force her to do it. The kids hate giving her kisses because her breath smells so bad. I always tell my kids that they better brush their teeth or they will have Grandma J teeth and that seems to do the job. I feel like a horrible person doing it, but if it helps them brush it is what I have to do!
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  236. It might sound silly, but I set an alarm to remind me to floss at night! It works, though :)
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  237. I sing the brushing song to make it “fun”

  238. Daniel M says:

    make sure to visit dentist twice a year

  239. I let the kids pick out a SpinBrush (think Thomas or Spiderman). They LOVE these toothbrushes, and it definitely makes them brush their teeth for longer each time. 
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  240. No one gets breakfast unless they have brushed their teeth in his house.

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  242. I don’t encourage them.  It is just something that must be done, like showering and eating.

  243. We make sure to brush every morning before naptime and every night before bed!
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  244. We make brushing teeth a fun family affair with the kiddo so he appreciates the value of it.

  245. WE take care of our teeth just fine.  For the kids, we have the character type toothbrushes and toothpaste for kids.  For the most part they do well

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  247. D Schmidt says:

    I purchase themed tooth brushes and sing to my son whilst he is brushing :)

  248. We try to always make sure we brush 2x a day

  249. We play songs that are as long as you’re supposed to brush for to make it more fun.

  250. We take our kids to the dentist and remind them to brush their teeth morning and night.

  251. I am an email subscriber

  252. Alisha L. says:

    I try to make brushing as fun as I can for my son, I make silly faces, sing to him, anything to make it entertaining and make it something he wants to do :)

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  253. Alisha L. says:

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  254. Debbie C says:

    When it comes to kids and dental care, trust but verify. Check the toothbrush, check the sink for a glob of clearly unused toothpaste and check their teeth.

  255. mistysunrise says:

    I buy the products that they like the taste of.

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  257. April V. says:

    Make it a routine where the whole family does it together.

  258. My daughter loves going to the denist because they make it fun for her. She also gets to pick her toothbrushes.

  259. Jessica T. says:

    I try to get my son to mimic me brushing my teeth in the mirror!

  260. We brush our teeth together.

  261. I encourage healthy oral habits in my kids by making brushing and flossing a fun event.  We all do it together, and sing a silly song while we are doing it.  They have fun taking care of their teeth!

  262. email subscriber

  263. Angela W says:

    I let them pick out their toothpaste and toothbrushes, it makes brushing their teeth more fun, thanks for the chance

  264. Angela W says:

    Email Subscriber, thanks!

  265. I try to have a variety of flavors and products on hand that I know members of my family like.


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  267. mary renshaw says:

    We just have brushing as part of our morning and evening routine!!! Kids pick there own tooth brushes and there own tooth paste =:)

  268. mary gardner says:

    they get to pick out the toothbrushes that they like and they have a cute timer to use when brushing

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  269. mary gardner says:

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  270. It helps to have a toothbrushing timer so that kids realize how their 2 minute brushing time should be!
    Flavoured floss can bring more floss appeal too. I always give new toothbrushes as gifts like stocking stuffers and in Easter baskets.

  271. Amanda Tinney says:

    We all go by age and take turns brushing out teeth and flossing. Youngest 1st and then up from there. everyone knows when it is their turn

  272. i love this sweep keep on smileing

  273. by using a toothbrush timer!

  274. Eileen Burke says:

    We set a 2 min timer so the kids know how long to brush their teeth for.

  275. Eileen Burke says:

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  276. Nicole Vosburgh says:

    Brushing teeth in our house is a must.  My 19 month old doesn’t like the process so much, but I make sure he gets a good teeth scrubbing every night :)

  277. we have a bunch of different brands of toothpaste in the house. if we feel like switching it up a bit we try another tube. keeps things a little exciting. :)

  278. We purchase a different kind of toothpaste because we have different tastes and replace brushes every month!  
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  279. Laurie Emerson says:

    My 3 year old daughter and I use brushing time as a kind of together time. We brush together and giggle while doing it. I want to make oral health fun for her so that these memories will make her want to always take care of her teeth. My 8 month old has his first tooth so I am starting to brush it with a baby tooth brush which he thinks is so funny.
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  280. Laurie Emerson says:

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  281. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    I tell them no one will want to kiss them if they don’t take care of their mouth and teeth.

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  282. JoAnn F. says:

    My 1 year old grandson loves to brush his teeth. Its never a struggle with him and hope it continues.
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  283. JoAnn F. says:

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  284. Tiffany Salvia says:

    We try to make teeth brushing time a family event and all go together. It makes it much more fun for my son when there are other people in there brushing their teeth as well.

  285. Patricia Correll says:

    We began brushing my son’s teeth as soon as he had one, so it’s habit now for him.

  286. Danielle says:

    Regular dentist visits, brush and floss teeth every day. My parents were always big on teeth and so I have passed that along to my children.

  287. brush and floss twice a day and regular visits to the dentists.

  288. Kim Smith says:

    We just have always encouraged brushing at bed time and it has become their routine

  289. Kathleen Conner says:

    I talk about how strong teeth are, and how nice it is to have healthy teeth and gums for your entire life.

  290. Brittney House says:

    I buy fun toothpastes and toothbrushes.

  291. Beverly M says:

    I’ve told my children it’s important to keep your teeth clean, to avoid cavities and we always brush twice a day. Thanks for the contest!

  292. We always remind each other to brush teeth, use floss, and use mouthwash.

  293. Deborah Wallin says:

    We regularly brush and use mouthwash, try to remember to floss, and go to the dentist on a regular schedule

  294. Deborah Wallin says:

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  295. Andrea Henry says:

    try to let them choose new things…..
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  297. carol lewis says:

    We really try to eat well and do not buy cookies and soda, things like that. Floss and brush twice a day.

  298. carol lewis says:

    I am a subscriber.

  299. Stephanie A says:

    I make sure and ask them to brush their teeth and check in with them to see that they’ve brushed their teeth at night so that they can get into a habit.

  300. Stephanie A says:

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  301. We try to eat healthy and brush our teeth at least twice a day; regular dentist visits help too!

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  303. We visit the dentist regularly as a family and we brush our teeth twice daily, sometimes all together.  

  304. Debbie Hogue says:

    Get good tasting toothpaste for the younger children and flavoured flosspicks and a 2 minute timer for brushing their teeth.

  305. Christy Weller says:

    My daughter likes brushing her teeth by setting a timer. She watches the timer while she brushes.


  306. Christy Weller says:

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  307. Ashley Gao says:

    I tell them to brush for at least two minutes.

  308. My son and I brush our teeth together and practice spitting in the sink, which he thinks is hilarious.

  309. amy deeter says:

    we sing when they brush their teeth

  310. Desiree Dunbar says:

    I make sure they floss every night before bed.

  311. Desiree Dunbar says:

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  312. Buy the kids their own cute timer to help them know how long to brush

  313. brian e. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…we let the kids choose their toothbrushes / toothpastes when we shop; also we use an egg timer so the kids learn to take the time to brush throughly !

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  314. brian e. says:

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  315. tracey byram says:

    I photoshopped pictures of the kids with rotten or missing teeth. They don’t want to look like that.

  316. Crystal F says:

    I let them pick out their own toothbrush, toothpaste and mouth wash. This way it makes it a little more fun for them. I think that if they like what they are using they won’t complain as much about using it. lol thank you!

  317. Tiffany Hearn says:

    I have the kids choose their own toothpaste and brushes as well. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  318. Tiffany Hearn says:

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  319. keep it fun and not where they “dread” it I let them pick out their tooth brushes and toothpaste

  320. email subscriber

  321. We make it a fun trip to pick out new toothbrushes and toothpaste avery few weeks. My kids love picking out their own toothbrush and toothpaste

  322. I subscribe by email

  323. I let my kids pick out there own toothbrushes and toothpaste, if they have what they like they are better at keeping up on good habits!!

  324. Angela H says:

    I buy my daughter fun toothpaste and toothbrushes.  I also always tell her how important it is to take care of her teeth.

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  326. I keep plenty of mouthcare product in my stockpile so there is always something for everyone in the family.

  327. I let the kids  pick out their own toothbrushes and toothpaste.

  328. Michelle Tucker says:

    I remind them how important it is to have a healthy brushed mouth. That it makes those smiles that much brighter.

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  330. I constantly remind mine to brush their teeth!

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  332. fun toothbrush and yummy toothpaste!!!

  333. Melanie Montgomery says:

    My husband and I lead by example! We brush our teeth together at night as a family.

  334. we brush together with our kids

  335. Jared Roberts says:

    My wife and I remind each other that when we have kids we want them to follow our good example of good oral hygiene so we need to make that a habit now! Thanks for doing this giveaway! 

  336. Jared Roberts says:

    I subscribed to you by email! jsroberts_2@yahoo.com

  337. Lisa Garner says:

    I try to keep my children to keep good oral hygiene habits by brushing with them to encourage them to brush longer.
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  338. I encourage my family by telling them the truth– if they don’t brush and floss their teeth, they’ll get cavities.

  339. email subscriber

  340. Lisa Garner says:

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  341. Candice Hull says:

    We brush as a family and make funny faces at each other while we are doing it. I have 4 yr old and 18 mo boys, so they love being goofy and getting to spit lol

  342. Tammy Greer says:

    I make it a “must” to brush their teeth in the morning, and before bed every night, including brushing their tongue.

  343. kathy pease says:

    we go to the dentist twice a year and each person has an electric tooth brush they love to use those

  344. we all brush right after dinner. It is something the family remembers because it’s consistent, and it lets them know how important taking care of your teeth really is to us.

  345. I am an e-mail subscriber.

  346. Ashley Tucker says:

    Keep a routine of brushing, flossing and using mouthwash

  347. I help my little ones brush their teeth. When it’s my turn to finish brushing them, I tell them I am going to “tickle their teeth”, which they think is fun and funny, so they cooperate with me.

  348. Vicki D. says:

    The best way is to go in the bathroom, start brushing your teeth, and say “Now, let’s all brush our teeth together.”

  349. Becky Grayson says:

    I recently bought the kids toothbrushes that they could decorate themselves. They all LOVE them and I no longer have to remind them over and over to brush their teeth.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  350. Becky Grayson says:

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