Apr 9, 2014

Home Whitening with Colgate Optic White

So spring is here and summer will be here before you know it. Do you want to whiten your teeth for those brighter days that lay ahead? Well, I came across a great and effective home whitening product that I've been using for the past couple of weeks, and I have to share it with all of you. 

Now, let me start by saying that an in-office whitening procedure is hands down always the best in regards to timing and results. If you want to achieve fast, efficient, and longer lasting results, than I recommend you consult a dentist about their in-office whitening. Having said this, if for whatever reason you still can not go and get your teeth professionally whitened, don't worry, there are some good over-the-counter (OTC) products that can give you a brighter smile at a very affordable price. 

Colgate's Optic White -toothbrush plus built-in whitening pen is one of those OTC home whitening products that gives great results without putting a big dent in your pocket. I must say, at first I was a little reluctant to try it because I'm always nervous about getting tooth sensitivity, and a lot of OTC home whitening products tend to do this. I started using this product for the last few weeks and have not had any negative side effects with it. Therefore, I would highly recommend it to those that are looking for an affordable and convenient way of whitening their teeth at home. I give it two thumbs up in my book! 

* Easy-to-Use
* Affordable (about $14) 
* Pretty quick results (3 days for me) 
* Little to No Tooth Sensitivity

Instructions on how I used it: 
1. Brush in the morning after you've had breakfast for 2 minutes with Colgate's Optic White tooth paste in a soft circular motion.
2. Rinse vigorously for 1 minute with Colgate's Optic White Whiteseal rinse.

3. Apply a thin layer of the whitening paste from the built-in pen to the front of your upper and lower teeth. (Tip: I did one twist for the upper teeth and one twist for the lower teeth, and I did not use it on my molars because I do not show those teeth when I smile, but you can if you want). 

4. Spit out any of the excess whitening paste that may have rubbed off onto your tongue and lips. 

5. Do not eat/drink for 30 minutes.

6. Repeat this process at night before going to bed. (Tip: For best results you should do this 2 times a day). 

You can get this wonderful product at Target, Walmart, CVS, and I've seen it online on certain websites, although I do recommend buying it from a store, because the chemicals/ingredients may change through the packaging, handling, and shipping process. 

Well if you decide to give it a try, please let me know what you think, or if you have any questions just post them below.


Apr 1, 2014

Smile Baby, Smile!

It's never too early to start practicing healthy dental habits with your little one. I couldn't believe that over 40% of 2-to-5 year olds have dental cavities, and that number has been steadily increasing over the past few years. There is no reason not to take a proactive approach in preventing early and future dental cavities as soon as your baby is born. Don't wait until they are older, because by then it may already be too late. 

There are plenty of ways you can keep your baby's gums and teeth as healthy as possible. Below, I will be sharing my top three baby oral and dental products that I have used and currently using with my 14-month-old son Elías. I will list their pros and cons, and any other suggestions I have for each of them.  If you have used these or any other ones I don't have listed here, and you would like to share your thoughts about them, please let me know, the more feedback the better. :-D

1Oral Care Rabbit made by MAM
This cute and easy-to-use product comes in a nice blue or pretty pink color. It can be used as soon as your baby is born, which is what I did. I would just place my index finger through one of the ears and run it along his upper and lower gums, and sometimes if I was lucky, I could get his little tongue too. I used this as soon as I was home with him and up until he got his first set of baby teeth at around 4 months. 
BPA free, soft material gentle on sensitive and tender gums, easily washed by hand or in a washing machine, appealing to baby, and distracts baby from uncomfortable teething. 
Baby can close down pretty hard and hurt your finger (TIP* Use caution, and do in segments. May be easier if someone else is holding baby).

2. Spiffies 
These baby toothwipes come in a variety of great tasting flavors such as grape, apple, and mango. They are soaked in a Xylitol solution, which is a natural and safe way in preventing the onset of cavities. I started using these as soon as the first teeth erupted, right around 4 months. I would use them twice a day (morning and night, after his milk and/or meal). I continue to use them today but only at night. I suggest cutting the wipe into two and using one packet daily, since they are pricey. To use, wrap the wipe tightly around the index finger and with a circular motion run it along the front and back of the gums and any teeth that are present. Discard after use. 
Safe,convenient, easy-to-use, taste appealing for babies, can be chilled for use on tender gums.
Pricey (about $15 per box of 20 wipes) , infant can bite down on finger, leaves finger feeling sticky. 

3. Learn to Brush Set made by MAM
This ideal brushing kit comes in a royal blue, lime green, or a fuschia pink. It comes with 2 brushes, the one with the long handle for use by parent and child to learn proper brushing method, and the the smaller toothbrush for use by the child once he or she learns to brush independently. It also comes with a safety shield to keep the brush away from the back of the baby's mouth. 
I am currently using the long handle toothbrush and shield with Elías twice a day. I do not use toothpaste right now, because I feel that it is not yet neccessary, especially since I am still using the Spiffies at night for the xylitol benefit. I will let you know when and what toothpaste I choose to use in the near future. ;-) 
BPA Free, team-work emphasis makes for an easier and more successful outcome, rounded and compact head for comfort, red bristles indicate proper amount of toothpaste, other end of long brush has a gum massager so baby can use on tender gums.
Thin handle on smaller brush can be harder to use for small hands, but other than that, great product! 
I hope these products come in handy for your little bundle of joy,or for other loved ones that may benefit from them as well. Put them together in a cute bag or basket and take as a baby shower gift and spread the reason for babies and mommies to smile alike!