Colgate Total Advanced Two Week Challenge #HappyHealthySmiles

I love to smile. One of my favorite photos of how much I like to smile is one my husband (then boyfriend) and I took at a wedding (look below). It ended up being our wedding announcement. But I have an admission to make when it comes to my smile now: I haven’t been to the dentist in more than two years. What’s worse? Sometimes I fall asleep before I get a chance to brush my teeth. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to take part in a “Two Week Colgate Total Advanced Challenge” to use the products and improve my dental health.

Two Week Colgate Total Advanced Challenge #HappyHealthySmiles

Before I begin the challenge tonight, I called my dentist and made an appointment for an exam and cleaning. Why haven’t I been there in two years? Something always seemed to come up. It was lingering in the back of my mind, got pushed to the end of my to-do list and never got done. I know I’ll probably need a little dental work done once the exam is over. So I’m already preparing to juggle my calendar to squeeze in those appointments before my husband goes to work or while A.J. is in summer camp. We are not traveling for the the 4th of July, so I’m headed to the dentist on the third. Please remind me of this appointment and encourage me not to reschedule it.

Colgate Total Advanced #HappyHealthySmiles


I created a Google+ album of my shopping experience at Walgreens as I got prepared for the two week challenge. Thanks to some great Colgate coupons and Walgreens Balance Rewards I purchased Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, a new 360 toothbrush and Total Advanced Mouthwash.

Colgate Total Advanced

I took A.J. to the store with me to get my shopping done, plus my husband needed some alone time at home so he could work out.

I know the two week Colgate Total Advanced Challenge won’t fix some of the tooth decay I may have suffered over the last two years. But I’m hoping it will inspire me to start healthier habits when it comes to my teeth. Check out the Mommy Talk Show Instagram stream because I’ll show my before/after photos of my teeth once the challenge is over.

Colgate Total Advanced Two Week Challenge

Am I the only mom who’s skipped a dental appointment or two because of a crazy schedule?

How can we make ourselves and our own health a bigger priority?

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About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. I can always tell when it’s time to go to the dentist! I’ve been lucky and not had many cavities but it’s definitely time to start whitening my teeth. All those years of diet pop and taken their toll!

  2. I’ve been scheduling and rescheduling my dentist appointment since the beginning of the year. Things always seem to come up! My family loves using Colgate though, so it makes it easier to keep up with dental hygiene.

  3. Our dental schedule keeps shifting because of our crazy schedule. This is awful but I may delay scheduling our next cleaning by a month because it’s due in December and there’s just too much other stuff going on.

  4. Growing up, my family used a certain brand of oral care products so I just kept buying that same brand as an adult until colgate toothpaste was free with coupons one week so I decided to give it a try adn i’m so glad I did because I like it just as much as my “other brand” and its cheaper. I love anything that saves me money while still meeting all of my needs! 🙂

  5. No your not the only one but mine is more because I hate going to the dentist. Lol

  6. Don’t skip the appointment! Your teeth will sparkle with the fireworks! I have used Colgate total for years, and we love it! 🙂

  7. Nope you are most definitely are not the only one. I won’t mention how long it has been since I have been to the dentist. I am too ashamed

  8. I’ve cancelled my last 2 appointments with the dentist, among other appointments. I am just terrible about that. You are doing something right though, Joyce. You both have such beautiful smiles! Love the pic of you and your hubby.

  9. I’m glad that you are finally taking the step toward better dental health! Us parents jump at any opportunity to make sure our children are healthy. We need to be more mindful of our own health, too. I went to the dentist for the first time in about ten years a few months back. Lindsey (of Redhead Baby Mama) referred me to a wonderful dentist, and now I can’t wait to go back! I hope that everything goes well during your appointment, Joyce!

  10. You are not alone. The boys have become top priority and NEVER miss a dentist or doctor visit but mom on the other hand. I only go when something is wrong which is pretty sad. Gotta do a better job of taking care of ME!

    • Please do.
      I was a little disappointed because my appointments are weeks and months away. You better get a jump on it and make time for yourself!

  11. After having had major issues with my teeth as a kid, I’ve been very careful about making sure I follow up with the dentist. Not easy, but I make the time for that much. Most of the rest of the “care for me” stuff falls by the way side, though.

  12. I’ve been doing so much better with dental appointments now that I have insurance… but when I had a lapse they were far and in between. And yes, the time can definitely creep up on you. Before you know it, years have passed.