I hate to gross anyone out but I have to admit we struggle with brushing teeth in my house. Especially when it comes to the youngest one in my household—my daughter. I admit this is 100% my fault because I have not been as diligent with her as I should be. She brushes her teeth nearly (Gasp! It’s so hard to admit this!) every day but not without a fuss and a fight. I admit I have been known to rush her out the door without making sure she’s done a good job. How many times have I said, Is your toothbrush wet? Eh, good enough, let’s go.
Far too many.
My only excuse is that I was blessed with hard teeth. I’m 38 years old and I have never had a cavity to this day. I come from a family with very few dental problems (other than orthodontic) and so does my husband. What can I say? Some people are blessed with long beautiful cellulite-free legs, others are blessed with hard teeth. Unfortunately, I got the latter.
But just because we don’t have to worry about dentists’ drills and scary shots doesn’t mean we get a get-out-of-jail-free card when it comes to brushing. First of all there’s bad breath (ugh, don’t even get me started) and secondly, we have to worry about gum disease. Brushing is ALWAYS good. I got in the habit of it when I had braces. Once you get used to that clean feeling you can’t leave the house without it. However, I admit I wasn’t raised to always be this way. My parents were very lax with my brushing habits and I’m ashamed to admit I’m following in their footsteps when it comes to raising my daughter.
Which is why ARM & HAMMER® Spinbrush® My Way! ™ and Orajel ® Kids My Way™ Toothpaste particularly caught my eye. What better way to motivate a creative kid to brush her teeth than to let her get creative with the tools?! With stickers! It’s brilliant! Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?
I have to admit I secretly wanted to break out my marker pens and make the toothpaste dispenser into a dragon but my daughter was plenty keen on the stickers. She LOVES stickers and they dialed her right in with the bling-bling girly-foo-foo hearts and diamonds and kittens, oh my! I preferred the stickers that came with the boy version Arm and Hammer accidentally sent me but this product was for her, not me. I’m still perfectly content with my old drugstore toothbrush I bought last week that doesn’t even spin.
Speaking of spin action, boy was that a hit! I was so worried when I signed up for this review that I’d have to back out because my daughter refused to even try it. In the past, I’ve tried getting Bug to brush her teeth with a spin-brush and it did not go over at all. She was afraid of that thing like a cat is afraid of a vacuum cleaner. I couldn’t even turn it on in the same room as her without her running for cover. But somehow between growing up a few years and taking ownership of it with a passel of free stickers, she actually had the guts to try it. And she liked it! I took a bunch of photos for you and for me. It was a big moment for us.
Her reaction? “It feels like a lawn mower in my mouth, Mommy.”
Lawn-mower away, sweetie-pants. Lawn-mower away all that plaque, is all I could say.
Orajel ® and ARM & HAMMER®, I think you have a winner here.
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