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5 Tips for Preventing Kids’ Cavities

5-tips-for-preventing-kids-cavities-happyfitmama-comI was compensated by ACT for my time on this sponsored post. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Three years ago, I thought my daughter was going for a routine dental checkup. It later turned into a drawn out process of finding another dentist (pediatric) who would do a filling on one of her teeth. I was shocked. How could my daughter have a cavity?  She doesn’t eat candy. She doesn’t drink juice. She rarely has sweets. I thought we were doing all the right things to prevent cavities.

It turns out that the culprit was because of her tightly spaced teeth. Everything she ate, even the good for you foods, were getting stuck in the tiny spaces. And staying there despite brushing twice a day.

Since then, we’ve learned that we need to floss every single day. It’s helped a lot and she hasn’t had a cavity since.

day in the life breakfast

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s a good time to put into practice ways in how to “scare” away cavities in your kids. We’ll have more candy than any human being needs from Trick-or-Treating. Thankfully, my kids are ok with picking out a few of pieces that they want to keep for themselves and then Ron and I bring the rest to our workplaces. It’s kind of funny that every other person at our jobs does the same thing. No one wants to keep the candy in their house. But somehow, all the candy disappears. Wonder where it goes?!?!

Here are 5 tips on keeping your children’s teeth healthy and cavity free all year round:

1 ) Visit the dentist starting at age one and then once every six months. Do this for the rest of your life!

2 ) Have your child brush for two minutes, two times per day.  We found a cute toothbrush that flashes for 1 minute intervals – 1 minute for the top, 1 minute for the bottom.  There’s also tons of apps or timers to make it fun too.

3 ) Floss everyday especially if the teeth are touching. We like the mini flossers that are easier for small hands and small spaces.

4 ) Provide healthy snacks . Limit sweets in quantity, portion size and frequency.  Every time you eat or drink something that contains sugar or starches, bacteria in your mouth use the sugar and starch to produce acids. These acids begin to eat away at the tooth’s enamel. Drink water after every meal or snack to “rinse” teeth to help wash way the acid.

5 ) If your children are over the age of 6, use a children’s mouthwash, such as ACT Kids Anticavity Rinse every day.  It was ranked as the #1 recommended children’s mouthwash by pharmacists in the 2016 OTC Guide from Pharmacy Times.


And here’s something that can help you scare away the cavities – Enter to win this Anticavity Goody Bag that contains a bottle of ACT Kids Anticavity Rinse, a mouthwash timer, dentist-approved treats, and more.

To enter, leave a comment with your own tip for scaring away cavities.

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Giveaway is open only to US residents 18 years of age or older. A winner will be selected at random with at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 23, 2016 and will be notified via email.

Good luck!






How to Balance Life and Running

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Something we all try to strive for, right? I’ve been told I’m unbalanced. Muscularly, that is.

But do I think that I have my life in balance?

Absolutely not.

In 2013, I used the word balance as my word of the year – what I would focus on all year long. What did I find? There is no such thing as balance. I think life is a constant state of tipping the scales in whatever direction is most important in that moment. It then readjusts in the other direction as needed.

Since I started running more seriously after my twins were born in 2010, I’ve needed to find a balance in life and running. Training eats up a ton of time. It’s hard to not live and breathe by a training plan. But life isn’t cut and dried so there needs to be flexibility.

Here are 5 things that helps me to (somewhat) balance life and running:

1. Support – If Ron did not support my crazy running habits, none of this would work. He knows that running is what I love and what makes me happy (and most importantly, sane). In turn, he never gives me any grief about running a 20 mile race that begins in the middle of the day that practically eats up a whole Sunday of family time. Or leaving town for four days so I can hang out with my friends and run a race. It’s important to me so he makes it work. And he keeps the kids entertained so no one even realizes I’m gone.

Post Zooma Cape Cod | happyfitmama.comOh you ran a race? I didn’t notice. I was too busy digging a gigantic hole.

2. Schedule workouts – I’m a big fan of routine schedules. I think it stems from when my twins were born. I was all about the schedule. Nothing messed up the schedule. Thankfully, I like to workout in the morning. Ron likes after work. Perfect! When I go to yoga class, it’s usually after the kids have gone to school on my days I work from home.

3. Prioritize – My daily to-do list is usually a mile long. With my job as a part time Clinical Exercise Physiologist, managing a blog, my coaching clients and picking up more freelance writing projects, I feel like there’s always something to do that I haven’t done or that needs to be done ASAP. Rather than feeling overwhelmed, I prioritize from most important to least on my list. For the most part it works, but I can’t say I never feel overwhelmed.

4. Multitask – I stretch while I’m on the floor with my kids playing a game. I foam roll, do my core and PT exercises while watching TV at night. Or use my kids as added resistance. I clean the shower and stretch while taking a shower. What? I know I’m not the only one that does that!

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5. Make Myself a Priority – For years, I’ve had mommy guilt. I’d get the side eye from other moms when they asked where my kid’s were while I was training for races, at a yoga class or working out in general. It was like – How dare you leave your kids for that long! But I got over that guilt really quick when I realized that I’m a better mama, wife, friend and overall person when I take that time for me. If I don’t make myself a priority, no one else will. And I can’t take care of my family if I’m not well.

I exercise, eat right and take supplements to fuel my body so everything runs smoothly. Finding balance in my digestive tract is equally important. That’s why I take a probiotic.

A few years ago, my iron clad stomach decided to get funky. It wasn’t pretty and I was beginning to think something was seriously wrong with me. Around the same time, I read an article about endurance runners being more likely to have leaky gut syndrome. When you exercise, cells lining the intestinal wall pull apart a little bit. Gaps between cells allow things from the GI tract to leak into the bloodstream causing problems. One of them being an urgent need for a mid run potty break. Like any runner, I’ve been in that position one too many times.

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I don’t think I’ll ever have a total balance in my life. But that’s o.k. as long as I have harmony!

How do you balance life and running?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Never Stop Playing

Play |

Running. Jumping. Digging. Walking. Skipping.


I’m always amazed at kids. Their energy is endless. Their minds are so creative.

If you asked a child to “go play” what would they do?

Run. Jump. Toss. Kick. Skip. Hop. Use their imagination in countless ways making up the rules for new games and beyond.

Play is disappearing at home, in school and in communities. It’s hard to believe that 70% of moms played outside when they were kids whereas 31% of their kids play outside today.

31%!!! I was floored by that statistic.

As a kid it’s second nature to play. It’s what you do. You are in a constant state of motion. You don’t consider it exercise. But at a certain point in the life cycle, play takes on a different term. Movement becomes exercise. And in the process, a lot of people get turned off by it and stop doing it. Play becomes a dirty four letter word.

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I always thought that happened later in life but maybe it’s happening earlier?

Balanced and active play lays the foundation for a skilled, healthy, resilient and successful society. When we don’t have that foundation as a kid, what happens when you become an adult?

Like a lot of kids born in the 70s and 80s, we grew up playing outside. We were told not to come home till the street lights came on during summer vacation. We rode our bikes everywhere. My dad went so far to remove a piece of our TV so we couldn’t watch it during the summer. Back then it was the worst thing ever but now I think it’s quite funny. But you know what? We survived and thrived every summer because of it.

hiking |

Times are definitely different. Letting your kids wander around town all day long is kind of frowned upon by the authorities. But that doesn’t mean you should lock your kids in the house and never let them see the light of day!

With my kids, I’m teaching them to look at play and therefore, exercise, as fun. I want them outside every single day. It’s easy during the summer. Who wants to be inside on a gorgeous day? But with the school year about to begin, we’ll continue to find places of play. Sure they have gym class, recess and sports but there’s still room for more play.

kayaking |

We are fortunate to have a large backyard that is perfect for playing. Kicking the soccer ball around, digging in the dirt, swinging on their swings, playing catch or Frisbie – the possibilities are endless. Ron even made a zip line for the kids recently. Ok, we say it’s for the kids but Ron and I use it too. Now that is pure play fun!

Bike Riding |

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CLIF Kid Z Bar

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The biggest thing is that my kids see Ron and I playing alongside them. By setting an example, they are more likely to follow along. How can I tell them to go play outside while I’m sitting inside working on the computer or watching TV? Our places of play are everywhere. The world is your playground. Play on it!

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Make play a priority in your families life. Your kids need it!

What do you do to encourage play?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.