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Why won’t you brush your teeth? (plus Crest Pro-Health For Me giveaway)

I have the same fight every day (EVERY DAY) with the princess. I struggle to wake her up for school, we move on to a discussion on healthy breakfast and then we proceed to appropriate school clothes. These are the least of our struggles in the morning, our big fight is always about personal hygiene.

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have to ask the girl to brush her teeth. I have bought every toothbrush known to mankind. I have ones that sing, ones that vibrate, ones that have a light, I have about 1,000,000 plain toothbrushes in a variety of colors.

Yet, the princess “forgets” to brush her teeth every day. We have been known to miss the bus and accept a tardy at school, just to send her back upstairs to take care of this very basic personal hygiene task.

What may surprise you, is that the princess LOVES to go to the dentist She regularly asks if it is time for her next appointment. So, where is the disconnect? Maybe, I’ve done something to make toothbrushing a punishment? Or, maybe she really is incredibly forgetful?

Crest Pro-Health for Me kitThe only time I’ve been successful at getting her to brush & floss appropriately is when I was introduced to the new Crest ProHealth for Me line of products. She loved the light minty flavor and the coconutty-flavored flossers.

Maybe it’s the design on the packaging or that it is meant to be just for tween girls (so she feels special). Whatever the reason, I know she spent 10 minutes brushing and flossing, the first night she had the products. I’ll call this one a win.

But, I’d love some other ideas on how to get her more focused on personal hygiene on a daily basis.

Leave a comment here to share your ideas or challenges, and be entered to win a Crest Pro-Health for Me kit. Two readers will win the entire product regimen (including toothpaste, one toothbrush, mouthwash and the floss picks). You can earn additional entries by:

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For your extra entries to be counted, be sure to leave an additional comment directing us to your entry. Only one additional entry per method (i.e. While multiple tweets are appreciated it, only one will count as a drawing entry.) The contest runs until 9/15 at 11:59pm est. Two winners will be notified by email on 9/16 and receive the full Crest Pro-Health for Me product line. Winner will have 48 hours to complete the claim form or a new winner will be chosen.


We were provided with a free Pro-Health For Me product kit to facilitate this post, but the opinion is 100% real.

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Article by FairyTaleMom

My name is Mom. I live in Fairy Tale Land with a Pirate, a Fairy and the Princess. My job duties include: head cook, Chief Executive of Laundry Operations, Vacuum Maintenance Engineer, Chief of Picking up Random objects and Primary Sherpa. I spend a great deal of time carrying sparkly, sequined, glitter covered tutus and miscellaneous dance shoes for the Princess. I long for moments of quiet and a mani/pedi. Trying to strike a balance between being a grown up and being a good mom. FairyTaleMom tagged this post with: , , Read 52 articles by

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  1. Dawn Miller says:

    I had problems getting my now 8 year old daughter to want to brush her teeth as well. It was a daily struggle for about a year she would gag and not want to finish brushing. What finally worked for us was when she heard her cousin explaining how he had 3 cavaties and exactly what the dentist had to do to fix those cavaties. We now have zero problems with brushing I have even gotten her to begin using mouth wash as well!

  2. Sara says:

    What is it with the teeth brushing? Mine loves the dentist too but brushing teeth is such a chore. I’ve had to ban books in the bathroom because she’d be in there and while I think ‘Cool, she’s brushing her teeth’, in reality she’s reading and chewing on a toothbrush. Grrr!

    I’ve basically resorted to toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, pre-rinse, post-rinse, minty-rinse bribery. Use what you want but that 2 minute timer needs to be used – and taking time to spit, rinse, or examine the lovely shower curtain do not count in the 2 minutes.

    Someone needs to get Justin Bieber to record a PSA that he only likes girls who brush their teeth 3 times a day!

  3. shenais says:

    i’m at the point where i’d be willing to PAY her (maybe with points to get a new toothbrush or some other bathroom hygiene-related product). i suppose once she gets interested in boys her hygiene habits might change for the better.

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