Sunday, 13 November 2011

Toothy pegs...(a review and giveaway!)

Sadly not my teeth. I aim for mine to look this good eventually...

I wrote, some months ago now, about the state of my teeth. A great many visits to the dentist later, and my mouth is healthier. (Still not much prettier, but a whole lot healthier and for that I am relieved.)

And of course, I am determined to keep them healthy. (Just like when I gave up smoking and when I lose weight, I have turned obsessively very a little evangelical when it comes to teeth brushing.)

For me and the kids and for lovely husband, it's a twice a day obsession. We have all become adept and keen. Olivia, Charlie and Lexie are all lucky recipients of strong teeth, and so far, healthy teeth too. Wobbles and gaps aside, they have lovely toothy pegs.



They still leave blobs of toothpaste foam on the hand towels and they leave globs of toothpaste all over the bathroom vanity, which also bugs me. They never rinse the basin properly and teeth tooth brushing evidence all over the place. They squeeze the toothpaste tube all wrong - they push from the middle: how wrong, how annoying!

But I cannot complain. The teeth brushing thing, for them, has become ingrained, and as automatic as breathing. I pray for superb dental histories for them all. I never want them to experience the pain  that an unhealthy mouthful of rotten teeth can bring. Or the price! My mouth has costs me thousands of dollars. I do not want my kids to incur that expense!

We, as a family, recently undertook the Philips Sonicare 28 Day Family Challenge

All five of us have used the Philips Sonicare for just over a month now. Sensational!

At first I was a little worried about the electronic nature of all these tooth brushes - we only have one power point in our bathrooms. BUT, once charged, the toothbrushes hold the charge for WEEKS! So you really only need to charge them once every three weeks or so? No dangling cords in the bathroom.

The Sonicare for Kids, which has interchangeable different coloured handles, features:



  • Kid Timer helps to increase brushing time (perfect for Lexie, who tends to be a little too slapdash at times!)
  • 2 Kid-friendly power modes deliver a gentle, effective clean (Charlie and Olivia operate at a more powerful level than little Lexie, for example.)
  • Age-appropriate brush heads to protect kid's teeth
  • Kid Pacer delivers fun and engaging musical tones - this is the BEST! The toothbrush plays a little tune to remind the kids to swap sides. The whole thing takes 2 minutes - meaning they are encourages to brush for 30 seconds top and bottom, right and left.

In terms of my teeth, I have used the Philips FlexCare+.
I actually asked my dentist's advice about it, and she was, initially, slightly ambivalent. I have a regular "date" with my dentist - I go every fortnight for work to continue. So we decided between us to do an honest review after a month. I promised to used the Philips FlexCare+ twice a day for a month, and she promised to give me her expert thoughts afterwards. And her opinion? She was actually genuinely impressed! She indicated that my gums particularly are in much better condition (plumper, with a much paler pink colour.) She actually admitted to being surprised at the definite improvement.
Plus, I like using it. It feels really gentle whilst I am brushing, but afterwards, my teeth feel a lot shinier and a lot squeaky cleaner! 
So there you have it. My kids love their Philips toothbrushes, so do I, and so does my dentist.
I have a Sonicare FlexCare + to giveaway, thanks to Philips.
To enter, just make sure you are following my blog, and leave me a comment telling your worst dental habit?!
Open to Australian Residents only. Winner will be drawn this time next week, via Random.Org, and informed by email. If you would like to share this giveaway via Twitter or Facebook, I will love you forever.

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63 comments:

  1. I NEVER floss. NEVER! I brush quite regularly, but dont floss. I know I should, and even lie to the dentist and say I do, but I just don't like the feeling so I avoid it at all costs.

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  2. OMG! If this doesn't rin i will be shocked well um how about this i have not been to see a dentist in 17 yrs!!! TUE ! I have a phobia about them and now am paying the price of my teerh rotting and 3 have already so i live in pain always:-(

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  4. I only floss the day I see the dentist. I know I should floss every day, but I don't.

    Shared on facebook.

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  5. Drinking Coke! So bad for my teeth, trying to give it up

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  6. I have perodontitis (spelling is most likely wrong!)I should be getting my teeth cleaned and scaled every 6 to 12 months,my last was about 12 years ago,I found it absolutely excrutiating!-worse than getting a tooth pulled!
    I also have a phobia of the dentist,not just because of the pain but the lecture I get every time I work up the courage to go(I feel like telling them I heard it all before and I'm here now -so cut the lecture and fix my teeth!)

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  7. ohhh forgeting to floss sometimes... and going out yesterday without brushing my teeth after my morning coffee. Fail!

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  8. I don't floss any where near enough. I'm very diligent in the week leading up to the dentist.

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  9. Clenching my jaw and grinding the back of my teeth. I do it when I am upset and it is so bad for my teeth. That and putting off going to the dentist. I have thousands of dollars worth of work I need done (wisdom teeth removed etc) but I just hate the thought since it will be full on surgery.

    (I have super crappy teeth. The roots are almost twice as long as the visible part of my teeth, my wisdoms are impacted, on their sides with roots curving around my nerve canal, so they need to come out, but it is a big job).

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  10. I can't stand the globs of toothpaste my kids leave everywhere!

    Flossing is foreign to my and I rinse after I brush, which my dentist told me not to do!

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  11. Oh I wish they were my teeth :(

    My worst habit is not flossing. I do use an interproximal brush though!

    (And glad to know it's not only my kids who leave toothpaste all over the basins and vanity!)

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  12. Forgetting to floss is my poor dental habit- like most other comments on the blog. Brushing teeth is so part of my routine- I couldn't not do it, but flossing can be overlooked unfortunately.

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  13. my worst is not smiling because I have a yukky sticking out front tooth that is discoloured from a nightmare root canal - I'm sure no-one else notices it half as much as I do.

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  14. I hardly ever floss and never visit the dentist, i also drink to much coffee and it stains my teeth but on the upside i have never had even one cavity.

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  15. i had braces for 6 years. then i was suppose to have a plate for a year after but never used it cause it was so annoying and i never remembered to put it in. i had two small children at that time. i havent been to the dentist since i had my braces out (7yrs) its defiantly a fear of mine.

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  16. Lack of visiting the dentist is definitely my worst habit...to the point i put up with a hole in my tooth which was very painful for about 4 months before i did anything about it (how silly am i??? and it needed root canal treatment...eek....no wonder it hurt so much! lol)

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  17. I grind my teeth and forget to wear the mouthguard (that I paid so much money for at night) to stop my teeth disappearing

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  18. You have no idea the spookiness of this post Lucy! I've had a post sitting in my draft folder about my teeth for the past month, but decided not to post it because people wouldn't want to know about my teeth. But I have gone back editing it afew times in the past week thinking I may publish it lol

    My teeth are in a really bad state. A combination of an accident when I was 12yo, and the addiction to salt and vinegar chips I had for YEARS.

    About 5 years ago I started to get the work done I needed done... but after the first visit I never went back. I nearly died of septacemia from an infection from that visit, and was too scared to go back again.

    Before that I hadn't been to the dentist for hmmm about 10 years.

    So I guess my worst is NOT going to the dentist. Oh and I only brush once a day. And I don't floss. Toothpaste makes me gag, and my jaw is buggered from the accident so flossing is a no-can-do thing.

    I have an appointment in January to get the front tooth capped again from the accident... we'll see if I make it there.

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  19. I never floss unless I get a pain. Very bad. Always full of good intentions after visiting the dentist but I find it a very hard habit to get into. Must try harder!!

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  20. hahax one being i dont floss second being some days before bed i snack even after i brushed my teeth!

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  21. I'm a little OCD with my teeth.. I floss (only once a day.. the dentist told me to do it in the morning as well!) and brush regularly.. but my gross tooth habit is using my finger to remove food..! I have a tongue tie and my tongue just doesn't do the cleaning job properly after meals!!

    I've been wanting an electric toothbrush for ages.. but can't justify the cost :) help me out pretty please??

    natalie_bond85 {at} hotmail {dot} com

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  22. Not brushing enough, not nearly enough

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  23. I don't floss everyday (once a week?), and didn't wear my retainer after getting my braces off - did for the first few months, but once I was married, I stopped. Nothing says sexy like wearing a retainer to bed!

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  24. I brush too hard so this would be so great for me!

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  25. I rarely floss and I brush too hard, wearing down the gumline and quite often making them bleed..have never tried an electric toothbrush!

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  26. Well apart from smoking, which I'm trying to give up - I don't floss enough! Once or twice a week maybe, when I remember.

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  27. The dentist tells me I brush too hard (I'm sure I don't but who can argue with a man who has his hands in your mouth?). Anyway, my gums are receding so I have to be careful if I want to keep them forever. Perhaps a Sonicare will be gentler on my gums.

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  28. Another non-flosser over here. I know it's terrible, I see my dentist twice a year and I should know better, but I just never do it. *scurries off to floss teeth*

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  29. I have sensitive teeth sometimes and when they are sensitive i will only brush if i am leaving the house (is rather painful when they are sensitive)
    I also chew on pens and pencils which has caused me to loose a huge chip out of the back of my top two front teeth, it looks like they are dying or black but it is just because it is the front section only.
    I don't floss ever as it causes my skin to crawl and i'm always nagging the kids to brush but often find they have run out of time to do so and am trying to herd them into the car instead of letting them do a real job on their teeth.

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  30. Since we are all being totally gross. I am a clencher and have been for years. There ... I've said.

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  31. Well, I work for a dentist so of course, I have absolutely NO bad habits....(I hope you believe that one!). I use the Oral B 5000, and I love it, so I'm not in the market for a new power brush, but I thought I should mention that one of our hygienists recommends using the power brush at night and your "regular" brush in the morning. Oh, and might I say? Floss!

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  32. Floss and brush my teeth every morning....my dentist raves about how good my teeth are (i'm almost 50) and he has never had to do anything but scale and clean them! Overbrushing leads to enamal wearing away (my sister has three teeth that need repair..over zealous brushing!) and not flossing leads to gum disease and bleeding! Flossing is very important...to keep your teeth as long as you can!

    So i might be guilty of not brushing enough but my real problem is using my teeth to open chip, noodle, biscuit packages..tiny chip on corner of tooth!! My bad!!

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  33. I have a nasty habit of grinding my teeth when sleeping which has left me with overly worn teeth that look uneven and gross

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  34. I don't floss - it makes me gag and I just can't do it.

    Marita
    admin@stuffwiththing.com

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  35. My worst dental habit? I love to eat Milk Duds (you know, those hard chewy chocolate covered caramels) WITH popcorn! Yes, I like to combine two of the dentist's most hated things - one pulls out fillings and the other gets permanently lodged between the teeth! LOL

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  36. My worst habit is forgetting to floss - I have the most hideous crooked teeth in need of braces, so flossing is critical unless I want to store some lunch for later

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  37. Oh dear, my worst habit is not that nice to share.... i must confess that a number of nights I am so tired that i just go to bed without brushing my teeth!!!!
    Awful, I know.

    cheers
    annie

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  38. I brush my teeth regularly and floss fairly regularly. I drink too much coffee n tea but I've been told that the worst thing I do for my teeth is sometimes I brush them while I'm in the shower. Someone told me that this was bad but had no idea what was so bad about it. So there it is... I want to know why it's so bad for you. Any ideas?

    If I had a power brush I wouldn't use it in the shower so that would make my bad habit go away.

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  39. I bite the hand that feeds me. Boom! Boom!

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  40. coffee, tea, cigis, coke, um sure there are a few other dental no nos, but I do brush and floss but have quite a few fillins!!

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  41. I brush too hard and sometime my poor teeth bleed (red tears!)

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  42. I have discovered too much black tea gives your teeth a lovely tanin shade, fine for earthy clothing not so nice in the mouth. I grind, don't floss and hate visiting the dentist.... I could go on. Aren't we a foul mouthed lot!

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  43. Brushing my teeth before I go to bed, then having a midnight snack, and undoing all the goodwork!

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  44. I don't floss, as don't many people it seems...and I have been known to brush my teeth and then have a late night snack- silly girl I am!

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  45. I drink to much tea which has stained my teeth and I too am guitly of eating of a good brushing.

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  46. I am most of the above - chronic teeth grinder, no flossing, missed tooth brushing.
    I have recently had two root canals and crowns as I forget to visit the dentist for 5 years while I was having babies!

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  47. I am horrible with looking after my teeth. I havent seen a dentist since MissE was just born and they told me id need to have my wisdom teeth taken out...almost 5 years later and i still havent been back yet.

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  48. Just like the plumber with the leaky taps, my Dad is a dentist and so I don't floss my teeth. Until I go to the Dentist and he tells me I need to floss and then I do but it is always short-lived!

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  49. Mine would have to be, putting the dentist off. After needing to get 15 teeth pulled as a child because my baby teeth wouldnt fall out, I hate the dentist.
    Last time I went was when i had my wisdom teeth out in 2007!

    I put it off till I have pain and am that anoying person who wants an appt today becasue it hurts so much :(

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  50. Infrequent dentist visits would have to be my worst habit, and it shows. I'll never forget teaching my daughter colours and asking her: "What colour are teeth?" and she looked at mine and goes "Yellow!" :S

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  51. I drink farrrr too much soft drink! I am also a crappy flosser... I floss only when going to the dentist and perhaps once a month otherwise! :-D

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  52. Oh I am thrilled I've stumbled across your blog.....not because of the giveaway, but because of your successes.......however, the giveaway is a perk :)

    My worst dental habit? Shall I dare even admit it? Is half the time, I don't brush but once a day. Somehow, becoming a Mom, I lost track of keeping care of myself...and well....so my dental habits went down with the rest of me. The dentist doesn't notice, and I'm always deathly afraid of being reprimanded, but I'm fortunate that my consequences aren't more severe. Another thing I hope to change in my journey to changing me....

    Chrisi
    http://timeforchangingme.blogspot.com/
    http://healthymindbodychallenge.blogspot.com/

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  53. Mine is having too much sugar and then lying blind to my dentist when he asks me if I eat sweets. I may have even told him I am sugar free. May god (and my dentist forgive me)

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  54. Like many other people here, I don't floss :) I also have the bad habit of chewing my lip between my front teeth, they're actually worn down a little - partly because of that and partly because my teeth actually touch at the front when I close my jaw. Apparently that's not supposed to happen *shrug*

    I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  55. I'm following via GFC :)
    My worst dental habit is just generally not looking after my teeth. I drank Coke and Pepsi for years before I changed to Coke Zero and Pepsi Max. I have had to have about 10 fillings, wisdom teeth out and a root canal, so I've been to the dentist a lot!
    djchilds at hot mail (dot) com

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  56. Definitely drinking a litre of coke a day - I am sure it's not doing my toothy pegs any good, oops!!!

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  57. I almost never floss but I brush my teeth twice a day (most days)!

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  58. Definately not flossing enough, its so time consuming! Isn't there an easier way?

    thanks for the fab giveaway :)

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  59. I do not floss at all, i drink way too much iced coffee....I have a hugely hard time in getting my 3+4yo to brush...

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  60. I haven't been to the dentist in 10 years

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  61. I don't floss very often. It's annoying. The dentist always puts fillings across 2 molars and even though HE can get the floss through, I never can.It just gets stuck and then stringy.

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  62. Not actually having dental check ups. I wait till I'm in severe pain or have something go wrong, then front up to the dentist.

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  63. My worst dental habbit is trying to break walnut shells with teeth. they are really hard shells and put a lot of pressure on teeth.

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