Preventing Cavities with Clean Teeth #HappyHealthySmiles

I love to have fresh, clean teeth, so as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®, I was thrilled to be asked to try some new Colgate Total ADVANCED products.  I was able to grab some products that I am going to be using to have a happier and healthier mouth, as well as to provide the ultimate in tooth protection.

Clean Teeth with Colgate Total ADVANCED #HappyHealthySmiles

I have a confession to make

I went to the dentist a couple of weeks ago and got some awful news.  Let me back track a bit and say that prior to that visit, I hadn’t had a cleaning in 2 years.  Let me hide my head in shame here.  It’s true, and I thought I had a clean mouth.

Truth: I have four cavities.

Yes, the mother of four that insists that her own children brush twice a day and floss regularly got the horrifying news that my own oral health isn’t that great!  Before moving out to the Dallas area, I went to the dentist regularly,  and I haven’t had cavities in years.

The dentist explained to me that our oral health can radically change during and after pregnancy, and that it is really common for moms to start getting cavities after having children.  I asked her why.  She told me that it is because moms don’t take the time to take care of themselves.  Boom.  Are you kidding me?  This is SO true.

Colgate Total ADVANCED Toothpaste #HappyHealthySmiles

Colgate Total comes in many formulations. I chose ADVANCED for its long-lasting tooth protection.

I headed to Walgreens to buy what I needed to make sure that I can protect my mouth and restore excellent oral health.  Click to see more about my shopping trip.  I have an appointment coming up in a few days to get my cavities filled, so I’ll sort of be starting over with a clean slate – for now!  It’s up to me to continue a good oral hygiene regimen.  That means I will be brushing and rinsing with Colgate Total ADVANCED twice a day!

Colgate Total Advanced products #HappyHealthySmiles

My kids asked me a lot of questions when I was at the dentist.  They were shocked that I had been so bad and gotten so many cavities.  None of them have ever had a cavity yet, and from what I have told them about how they form, they couldn’t believe that I let it happen to me.  I’ll be honest, I can’t believe I let it happen either.  NO MORE.

No more mouth pain from sore gums.  No more tooth sensitivity from cavities.  No more excuses when it comes to spending a good 5 minutes twice a day taking care of my teeth!  I’ve really been working hard the past several days to be more diligent so that I can prevent future problems.  I just need to make it a life-long habit so I can have #HappyHealthySmiles for years to come.

Colgate #HappyHealthySmiles

My “before” picture is above.  Join me on Instagram, because in a little less than 2 weeks, I’ll be posting my before and after photos side by side!  Let’s see how clean teeth with Colgate Total ADVANCED can change that smile.

For more information, or to find out which products you should try, check out the Facebook page for Colgate.

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.

About Jenn L

Jenn lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and 5 children. The family likes to eat healthy and try new recipes. Jenn homeschools all of the kids. She is heavily involved with local bloggers and is slightly addicted to social media.


  1. Ugh, i had enough cavities BEFORE i was pregnant, and i don’t think i’ve gotten any better. I’ve had 3 root canals, and the weakest most sensitive teeth… Have been trying coconut oil but not consistently! Will definitely try out colgate advanced. Thanks for sharing, and confessing! 🙂
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    • Definitely check it out! I’m sorry you have weak, sensitive teeth. 🙁 They have a Colgate 360 brush for sensitive teeth, as well, which is extra soft. You might want to give that a try, too!
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  2. Love you’re “Here I am…” photo – it’s always tricky taking self-portraits! I have the exact same t-shirt (I guess we both love Target, lol).
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  3. Oh I am so sorry to hear you had 4 cavities. Lately I haven’t had any cavities but I have broken a tooth or two. I hope the Colgate products help you to maintain your smile. We love them at our house.
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  4. Your teeth look lovely and white right now. I wish my 71-year-old teeth shone like that. You’re right about teeth deteriorating during pregnancy. That’s the time most of my back teeth decayed, desptie good eating and brushing peactices. Apparently, the body takes the calcium it needs from the mother–from my teeth.
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  5. Ohhh…I want to see your after picture! 🙂
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  6. Oh no! I can totally see how that happens too. I’m a mom of 4 as well and I usually end up coming last. 🙁
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  7. you have great looking pearly whites so I am surprised you had cavities. Just goes to show looks can be deceiving:) Good luck with the burst.

  8. Can’t wait to see the before and afters, that’s awesome!
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