Why I Switched to an Electric Toothbrush

Hey Everyone!

Let me start off by saying…

How did it take until I was 27 to switch to an electric toothbrush?! I’ve been doing it all wrong for years. I’ve always thought that no matter what the brand, style, shape, etc. was, the cleanliness of your teeth would always turn out the same. You know, brush twice a day, floss, rinse and you’re good. Your teeth can only get so clean right? WRONG. My teeth have never felt better lately. Even my gums have felt better. Anyone else suffer from bleeding gums? I do, but not so much anymore. You’ll see why a little further down in this post.

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Not only did the cleanliness of my teeth guide me to stick with an electric toothbrush. There is so many reasons why an electric toothbrush is just… better. Especially my new cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush by Smile Brilliant.

The storage. Anyone else have a mason jar full of manual toothbrushes? I do. Well, I did. Instead of throwing away a toothbrush every time we received a new one, we just kept piling them in there. To the point where they could barely fit. It got to the point where trying to shove your toothbrush back in there was more of an effort then brushing your teeth in the first place. Now, we have one waterproof cariPRO toothbrush handle (with FIVE brush modes) and two cariPRO Premium Brush Heads. One blue one silver, DuPont bristles, built in tongue scrubbers, and a rubberized head to protect tooth enamel. The handle sits nicely on a charging base and has a modern, sleek look.

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My kids want to brush their teeth MORE. YES. You read that right. My children thought my new electric toothbrush was so cool, they had to get some of their own. We make fun out of brushing our teeth now. We all brush together saying we are going to “tickle our teeth” and they LOVE it. Like I mentioned earlier, my gums have never felt better. All because my cariPRO toothbrush has five brush modes.

  • Clean. The standard mode for a superior daily cleaning.
  • White. The most powerful mode to help remove surface stains, polish, give you a vigorously deep clean.
  • Massage. A gentle gum pulsation for gum stimulation.
  • Gum Care. For gentle cleaning along the gum-line. (Now you know why I mentioned earlier about my gums no longer bleeding)
  • Sensitive. Perfect for sensitive gums and teeth. Use this mode if you find the default clean mode slightly too aggressive.

My children enjoy choosing what “mode” I use each time and they pretend along thinking they are doing the same thing with their teeth.

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My tooth brush keeps time for me. You know as a kid, you were told to sing the ABC’s twice in your head because it equals out to about 2 minutes. Which is the standard time to brush your teeth twice a day. Well, no more keeping track! The cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush has four 30 second bursts of vibrations. For each quadrant of your mouth. I won’t lie, it makes me feel more accomplished after brushing my teeth, knowing that I did it for the full two minutes.

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Say ‘bye’ wine and coffee stains. If you know me, you know I love my coffee… and wine… a lot. What I don’t like is those pesky little stains they can leave on my teeth. I have noticed significant changes in my teeth after brushing with my CariPRO toothbrush. I’ve learned that harder is not better. Gentle brush strokes at a 45-degree angle is all you need to demolish those coffee and wine stains and the pulsations of the cariPRO do the trick.

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I could rant and rave about this product for hours, but we all know one of the most important questions, how much is the product? Trust me, as a mom of two, splurging on pricey things isn’t in my budget what so ever. But, the cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush offers optimal performance for half the price of comparable electronic toothbrushes. Clean teeth don’t have to be expensive and Smile Brilliant showed me just that with this fantastic toothbrush.

You guys have no idea how grateful I am to be able to pair up with Smile Brilliant for an awesome GIVEAWAY! Enter here now for your chance to win this amazing toothbrush!

Want more?! Here’s a coupon code for 20% off your purchase: cunninghamchronicles20.

You won’t regret it!

 

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Helping Your Toddler Get to Sleep at Night: Our Personal Tips.

 

If you have a toddler, like mine, who refuses to sleep because she thinks she’ll miss something, getting them to sleep can be a difficult task.

The “cry it out” method is a no go in our household. My toddler will stand on the side of her crib and scream for hours until mommy or daddy comes to the rescue. We are not the parents who co-sleep either. If you do, that’s awesome. With my anxiety and constant worry of my little ones falling from our bed, there is no way I’d ever get a good night’s rest. Plus, my kids sleep like ninja’s. I’ll pass on getting kicked in the head in the middle of the night.

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We’ve done trial and error with numerous bedtime rituals and we’ve seem to have figured out what works best.

Yes, every child is different, but if I can enlighten others on our nightly rituals you never know who it could help.

You never know unless you try, right?

 

White Noise. Yes, yes, and more yes! We put a humidifier in my daughter’s room that makes the perfect white noise sound. We have it running even before she goes into her room to sleep. It blocks out any other noises that might startle her throughout the night and helps her fall asleep faster. We use the Vicks Starry Night Humidifier. It gives off enough white noise to block unwanted noises, and you can also insert Vicks Vapor Pads when the little ones are sick!

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Brush Their Teeth. Now that my daughter has plenty of teeth, we are starting to brush them every single night before bed! I’ve made it more into a “before bed” chore.  Both of my kids know that brushing their teeth is one of the last things they do before bed. My daughter is very picky when it comes to food and certain flavors. We got our hands on some Nuby All-Natural Toddler Training Toothpaste. It has a fun and tasteful tutti frutti flavor that she loves. It’s safe to swallow, non-toxic, and fluoride free. It’s BPA free and made right here in USA! It’s also endorsed by Pediatric Dentist Dr. Grace Kim – Founder of Yummy Dental and Orthodontics for Kids in Chicago, IL.

If you purchase the toothpaste, it comes with a bonus toothbrush! It has an easy grip handle (perfect for those little hands!), comes in a variety of fun, bright colors and designs, BPA free, and has soft bristles to gently clean those little precious teeth. You can find this at Babies R Us and Kmart!

 

Rub their head. Something about rubbing the back of my daughter’s head is incredibly soothing to her. She’s been putting her hand on the back of her head since birth as a soothing mechanism when she’s tired. It’s the sweetest thing.

If your child doesn’t like the head, try their back or arms. Every little one is different! My oldest loved his back rubbed when he was a little one, and it still works to this day at four years old!

 

Show them you’re going to bed too. Every so often, I’ll lay on my daughter’s room for just a few minutes to let her know we are “going to bed” too. Even if we aren’t, it helps ease her mind knowing she’s not missing out on anything fun. I’ve been starting to let her know that Mommy is going to bed too by putting on pajama’s myself. Usually both my children go to bed at the same time, so I’ll put my oldest to bed first so she sees that he is going to sleep also.

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Stuffed Toy. No Minnie, No Sleep. Something about hugging Minnie tight at night is a good way to get my toddler to sleep. It seems like a comfort thing knowing that she has something lying in bed with her. She’s starting to say “Minnie” at night when I lay her in her crib, and it melts my hearts. Whatever your child is into grab a stuffed animal of their favorite cartoon or movie and have them snuggle up to it.

I’ll look at her monitor at night when she’s asleep, and she never let’s go of her Minnie.

 

Have the room dark. My husband and I always turn the lights off and the humidifier on before we take her into her room. Walking into the dark room lets her know it’s time for bed and we are not coming in here to play.

Since we started this, and now that she has caught onto it, she now lays her head on our shoulders. This made me believe that this is a good tip to helping her get to sleep, because before when the light was on she’d throw a fit.

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These pre- bedtime rituals have really helped our toddler get to sleep at night. She’s a wild little one so if these nightly steps work for her, I’m sure it can help another mama. Give them a go, let me know what you think!

 

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