You Wanna Win $100? Thought So. Enter My #HealthyHabits Giveaway!

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on March 30, 2012

in Earning My Keep,Giveaways,Sponsored

You don't want to end up the way you started: WITH NO TEETH!

You like clean teeth right? You like having a healthy mouth, yes? You like winning $100, duh.

Allow me to brag for one second while I tell you that I’ve never had a cavity. True story. But my bragging is short-lived when I tell you that my kid has already had one.

For more to the story and on how to keep your facehole clean, visit my two Listerine-sponsored posts: Healthy Mouth, Proud Mama #HealthyHabits and Forever Teeth Are Forever #healthyhabits


To go along with those super-informative sponsored posts, Listerine, Walmart, and The Motherhood are allowing me to give away a $100 Walmart gift certificate along with some Listerine samples.

To enter the giveaway (which ends TODAY, March 30th, at 11pm EST), leave a comment below with your best tips on how you encourage your family to take care of their oral health. If you don’t have kiddies, let me know know a tip on how you think you would encourage kids to have healthy mouths. (Only comments that include oral care tips can be chosen to win. Them’s their rules.)

The winner will be chosen tonight, March 30th, at 11pm EST and will be notified by email. The winner MUST reply to my email with your name and mailing address ASAP. If I don’t hear back from the chosen winner by 12pm EST on March 31st, I will have to draw another winner who would need to reply with their information immediately.


Congrats to Melissa, commenter #34, who was chosen at random and contacted by email.

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. Prize(s) provided by Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, a division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules for complete details, visit The Motherhood.

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1 ANgie March 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm

When my kids were little I used to tell them they had a polar bear in their mouth. (or whatever other animal was their favorite at the time) They would open their mouths and I would chase the animal around with the toothbrush so it wouldn’t eat all the penguins. They would giggle and giggle as I brushed thier teeth.
Now they are older and I jsut tellt hem their teeth are going to get cavities and they will have to have a shot in their mouth from the dentist. That motivates them:) Sounds brutal but ya know, whatever works.

2 Hilary March 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I just have one kiddie so far and he’s a brand new brusher! The best way I’ve found is to brush my teeth at the same time, while my husband brushes his. He’s learning by example!

We also have a couple different toothbrushes so he can pick which one he wants to use. Sometimes we use all 3 in one tooth-brushing session.
An Awesome post on Hilary´s blog … Tea Party

3 Vicky March 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I have a 8 year old, who actually likes going to the dentist to have his teeth cleaned. He doesn’t fight me about brushing either. He did have to have 3 teeth pulled because they weren’t falling out, so if I had to I would use that to remind him what would happen if he didn’t take care of his teeth. Scare him with the dentist would have to pull his teeth and put in fake ones.

4 Cindy March 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm

My oldest daughter always gave me a problem with brushing teeth until her nana slept over and left her partials on the sink in a cup. She saw them and I saw my opportunity – that is what happens when you don’t brush your teeth…they fall out and you have to get fake ones. My little ones love to brush because they want to be just like their big sis – thank goodness for older siblings.

5 Krystal March 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm

My two kiddos are 5 and 2, I thankfully have been given kids who are obsessed with brushing their teeth. I swear I did not brain wash them to be this way or anything! My only “trick” is that at a young age I let them brush their teeth themselves, like 10-11 months. Of course I was always standing their with them and would go over their teeth when they were done. But I think that giving them the whole independence of doing it themselves kinda made them love brushing their teeth. I ended up having to give my 2 year old a “play” toothbrush because he was constantly wanting to brush his teeth during the day and kept losing his toothbrush.

6 Kelly C March 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm

My kids are 10 and 3. The best tip I can give is to make sure the kids are following by example. If they see you brushing and flossing your teeth, they will more than likely pick up the habit as well. Also, fun toothbrushes (music, lights, sparkles…whatever) help out as well.

7 Erin@MommyontheSpot March 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm

For my daughter, it’s pretty easy to get her to brush her teeth since she wants to be a dentist. My son, on the other hand, needs to be a bit more convincing. He was into Ni Hao Kail-lan, so I had him say each word very slowly so I could get his front teeth (Ni) and the back teeth with the rest of the word. Totally weird, I know.

8 Rachel W. March 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

My little man is TERRIFIED of bugs… I may be guilty of playing up on that and talking about how germs = bugs on his teeth. So he brushes all the “bugs” away at night and before school. He also sees the dentist every 6 months (even if those visits involve both of us breaking own in tears at the end).

9 darcy March 30, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Repetition, repetition, repetition. Even at 11 my oldest needs to be reminded daily and nightly to brush. To convince my boys it was fun to rinse with mouth wash I told them to think of germs in their mouths like an army of bad guys. The mouth wash would wipe out all the bad guys and they could spit them down the drain.

This battle appeals to man cubs, I guess. It works.

Thanks for the chance to win!
An Awesome post on darcy´s blog … P52 Week 13: Details

10 Heather March 30, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Leading by example is good. Brushing with a princess toothbrush is even better. My niece is obsessed about losing her teeth when she gets to kindergarten (so she says), so I think using the toothfairy would be a good tool right about now.

11 miss tejota March 30, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I don’t have kiddies. But one thing I do with little ones when they visit is let them use my water pick. It’s hard to floss a kids teeth and to properly brush their teeth when they are fighting you and trying to eat the toothpaste versus use it. But the little ones enjoy the water pick. It might be a bit wasteful at times, but they are having fun and I’m getting in between those teeth, pushing out stuck particles, and massaging those little ones gums to health. I no longer have to fight with the visiting kiddies about their oral care because it’s become a game. A game that leads them to a clean mouth and fresh breath.

Great contest.

12 Katy March 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I had the hardest time taking care of my teeth when I was younger and oh how I pay for it now. Now when I have to talk to my nieces and nephews about brushing their teeth I tell them how pretty/handsome they look with big smiles and ask them to give me their biggest smile possible. Then I ask them to make a silly face with their mouth open and brush the teeth in the back. It works and I hope they don’t have the problems I did when they get older.

13 Sarah March 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm

My kids like to brush their teeth, as long as I let them do it themselves. They’re only 2, 3 and 5 so I do it first and then let them finish. If they give me a hard time I just show them my teeth, which are kind of jacked up right now. It works every time.
An Awesome post on Sarah´s blog … Silver Linings

14 Kim March 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I used to have to jump through hoops to make the boys remember to bruch twice a day… But I will say that after I purchased them a toothbrush that times how long they need to be brushing.. And of course spongebob tooth paste.. But my oldest really loves the mouthwash made for him.. And I’ve had them in a pediatric dentist office since they were two so they don’t feel like it is a place to be afraid of…

15 Liz March 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I used to not floss as much, and the last time I went to the dentist the attending person there was kind of scary … she pretty much told me all my teeth will fall out if I don’t floss more. Probably NOT true, but now I floss every day :P.

16 Sarah March 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm

We use fun toothbrushes and tooth pastes to encourage Dustyn to want to brush his teeth. He is always excited to do it.
An Awesome post on Sarah´s blog … Mr. Wasp

17 Nicole @ Rare Bird March 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Mama of two here–one is old enough to brush, the other still sports his toothless grin. The best way I have found is to make up silly songs to sing while she brushes (also good to ensure she is not only interested, but is brushing long enough to be effective.) Also, we have another toothbrush for her baby doll, so she brushes her teeth at the same time. Thank you!

18 rlerwin March 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Little ones like to brush “with you”, so family brushing sessions work well. Older kids not much, so light up toothbrushes and the like.

19 Ellen March 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm

When my daughter was younger, I always flossed and brushed and told her to do so too – the “leading by example” comment left earlier.

20 Jennifer Marie March 30, 2012 at 10:32 pm

In order to encourage my kids to maintain good oral health I need to keep a strict routine with them. We make sure we brush every morning and every evening. Sometimes I may forget, but they are quick to remind me. It also helps when I let them pick out their own toothpaste. They are always excited to use what they pick out!

21 Nina March 30, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I always use myself as an example… parents NEVER helped or encouraged me to brush my teeth. So I have lost many teeth and have a lot of fillings. When I show them, they are MORE than willing to let me help them brush and floss! They’re very impatient about it so I tell them that I’ll be done as soon as I finish singing my ABCs. My singing doesn’t help though. LOL!
An Awesome post on Nina´s blog … 6

22 Norman March 30, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I would encourage kids to have “healthy mouths” by telling them not to drink as much soda, and cut down on the candy too.

23 Tracie March 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm

My tip – buy mouthwash!

My eight year old was not a big fan of brushing her teeth (and even less of a fan of having me help her brush her teeth) until we introduced her to mouthwash. Something about the magic of having special blue stuff in a bottle that you get to swish and spit made her really, really happy. So now we don’t have brushing battles (except for those times when we run out of mouthwash!).
An Awesome post on Tracie´s blog … Shop In Your PJs – You Know You Want To Do It

24 darcie March 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm

My kids are 6 & 5. They both LOOVE brushing their teeth, but we do make it fun by incorporating a timer, a brushing chart &…a pre~brush mouthwash that turns their plaque blue so they work hard to scrub the blue off!

25 Kristen March 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I sing the song from Sprout’s “The Goodnight Show” REALLY loudly and obnoxiously while I brush my son’s teeth. It cracks him up, and he loves singing along with me…it makes brushing fun 🙂 My husband leads by example, and the two of them brush at the same time.
An Awesome post on Kristen´s blog … Potty humor.

26 Jacqueline Fisher March 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm

My little grandkids are fascinated by my electronic toothbrush–the noise and vibrations are a big attraction, so we use that interest to get them to brush their teeth. The older grandchildren are encouraged to brush longer by using the timer–hey, whatever works, right? Good teeth and no cavities–yay!

27 Deana rooms March 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm

I love using the toothbrushes that sing. I helps the kids to have fun and brush long enough. Plus bubble gum mouthwash. They love that stuff and I love that they use it!

28 thedoseofreality March 30, 2012 at 10:37 pm

My girls greatly enjoy electric toothbrushes, which get them both excited about brushing day and night!
An Awesome post on thedoseofreality´s blog … Much Too Young To Feel This Damn Old

29 velocibadgergirl March 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm

We try to bribe my son by allowing him to turn off all the light switches if he’s good for teeth brushing. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much.

30 Kelly March 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm

My kids like to do the colored rinses that show them where they missed food particles and other gunk. Brushing is more exciting when there’s blue smiles involved 🙂

31 Kristie March 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Emmett is only 19 months, so I have to trick him into opening his mouth by saying “what does a dinosaur say?” When he roars, I quickly brush and then clap for him. He laughs.
An Awesome post on Kristie´s blog … Growing Pains

32 Delilah March 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I have horrible teeth. Really, it’s a genetic horror show going on here. I started my kids at the pediatric dentist when they were 1 year of age and they go every 6 months like clockwork. We use those flossing piks instead of regular floss and I also bought a water pik on the advice of the dentist. The kids love it, they are fascinated! So far, they have very healthy teeth. I hope they inherited my husband’s teeth and not mine. That’s partly how I chose him, I checked his teeth just like you do a horse. Shhh, don’t tell him. Ha!
An Awesome post on Delilah´s blog … Cookin’ in my Kitchen: Meatball Sub Casserole

33 Inelegant_Life March 30, 2012 at 10:48 pm

My husband has a front tooth that kept falling out. They finally decided he needs an implant. He has a tooth on a retainer until he gets the implant. He takes it out when he eats or goes to bed. So we see it in a cup or a bowl of water in the kitchen or bathroom. It’s gross. I tell my daughter THAT is why she has to brush her teeth twice a day and floss daily. She doesn’t want to be toothless like Daddy.
An Awesome post on Inelegant_Life´s blog … I Bet You CAN Lose Weight: 4% in 28 days

34 melissa March 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm

I feel that threats work best…haha. Of course I am joking…I try to lead by example.

35 AnNG March 30, 2012 at 10:54 pm

To encourage my son to brush his teeth properly I buy that ACT blue stuff that turns their teeth blue till the teeth have been brushed properly! Who doesn’t love colored teeth?!!
@Annsgonnablow on twitter which is how I found out about this!

36 kel March 30, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Aside from educating my yet-to-be-born kids regarding proper care of their teeth, I also plan on teaching them proper eating habits, because what we put into our bodies certainly affects our health–teeth included.

37 Shaun March 30, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Mu kids get their vitamins before they brush and they love their vitamins do they know they must brush afterwards. Glad this works for them and that they like brushing.

38 Brian March 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm

This has always been an issue around our house, and I get tired of being the nagging parent all the time. I’ve tried singing toothbrushes, Sponge Bob toothpaste, and charts with gold stars. And still they slack. Then, after a lifetime of bad habits of my own, I had to have my teeth extracted. Twenty three teeth. In one sitting. I now west full dentures. And it grossest them out when I gum them at bedtime. Now? The brush fairly regularly. The key is a good rinse, I believe. And a dad with a plastic smile …
An Awesome post on Brian´s blog … From Here . . .

39 Annettek March 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm

We have those single flossers in little cup in every bathroom. No excuses not to floss!
An Awesome post on Annettek´s blog … happy pi day and other random bits

40 headawson March 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I encourge my kids to brush by telling them the story of my mom losing all her teeth at 16. They do a pretty good job.

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