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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 happyfitmama.com

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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Fall leaves lately... | happyfitmama.com

Lately…I’m coming out of the “sickness”. I spent all day Thursday and Friday in bed or on the couch. Most of Saturday was spent the same way. I don’t think I have watched that much TV in years. I also got hooked on an old show on ABC called Betrayal. I didn’t even realize it was from 3 years ago until I saw something about it being a throwback show. Now I can’t stop watching.

Lately…Yesterday I had my sinuses “adjusted” at the chiropractor. I have a standing monthly appointment and I mentioned that I had been sick. He then broke up some junk in my sinuses, did this weird gun thing on my upper chest and something with my lymph nodes. Whatever it was, it worked!

Lately…I miss running. Or really just being active. I’m feeling creaky and achy not from being sick but from not moving. No wonder people who don’t exercise feel like crap. I’m hoping to try for some time on the bike trainer and weights Wednesday morning. Fingers crossed. Seven days of no exercise makes Angela one cranky woman.

Fall running | happyfitmama.com

Lately…I’m thinking about running another half marathon before winter sets in. There’s one on my mind in 6 weeks. Maybe I’ll actually train for this one! Lol.

Lately…I’ve been thinking about 2017 goals. What do I really want – a marathon? But which one? And should I do spring or fall? And a coach. Who should I go with? I really like the idea of a local, in person coach. But there are so many other great coaches out there. What do you think?

Lately…I’ve been marveling at what blogging and social media has brought to my life. Who would ever thought that writing about things I love and sharing sweaty workout pics would give me opportunities to do amazing things and meet phenomenal people?

Little House on the Prairie | happyfitmama.com

Lately…I saw this book at the library in the children’s room and initially was going to read it to my kids. But first I’m reading it. Again. Thirty years later? Ron had no idea there were actual Little House on the Prairie books written by Half Pint. Ummm…yes! I guess they weren’t as popular with boys. Did anyone else love the books and the TV show as much as I did?

Lately…I‘m amazed at the things my kids say. When did they become so thoughtful and deep? And then the next minute so NOT thoughtful and deep.

Lately…The fall colors have been outstanding. I thought things were going to be blah after the late start but they have been spectacular.

Hiking with the family | happyfitmama.com

Lately…I’ve been thinking of my grandma. She’s my last living grandparent but isn’t too well, as in, any day now she may pass. She’s been one awesome grandma. I’ll always remember her famous chocolate chip cookies, making me special jell-o with fruit for all the holiday dinners (I was the picky kid who wouldn’t eat anything except jell-o), and instilling the love of “bumming” in me. She has a heart of gold and could talk to anybody and everybody she met. And she did. It would take forever to get through the grocery store with her!

Thanks for letting me do some Thinking Out Loud.

What’s been going on with you lately?

Chef’d at Rise.Run.Retreat


What happens when you put 10 women in charge of dinner in a kitchen that can only hold about 4 people?

Absolute fun.

Or at least for some of us. Ahem…I’m looking at you Allie.

So I’ve filled you in on Rise.Run.Retreat as a whole.

I also gave you a rundown of the Leaf Peepers Half Marathon that we all ran on the last day of the retreat.

But you guys need to know about the food. Because running and eating go hand and hand. Or is it hand to mouth? Whichever it is, it’s all good!

We did not go hungry at all during our 3 full days at Rise.Run.Retreat. The food. Oh the food! It was all so good. A full dinner and lunch from local caterer Fiddleheads Cuisine, a complete breakfast buffet with eggs from Pete & Gerry’s, yogurt from Stonyfield and granola from Blissful Eats. We also had Garuka Bars to snack on throughout the day.

Garuka Bars | happyfitmama.com

Friday night Jes and Sarah had a fun challenge planned for us. A cooking challenge provided by Chef’d – a meal service that ships high-quality, pre-portioned ingredients to your house with step by step recipe directions. There’s no need to do any shopping. Just open the box and start cooking.

We split up into three groups:


Team Chicken (Basil Chili Chicken Stir-Fry) – Allie, Sandra and I


Team Pasta (Mediterranean Penne with Sun-dried Tomatoes) – Jes, Sarah, Laura and Natalie


Team Salad (Arugula Salad with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette) – Sue, Kara and Christine

It was a little chaotic to prepare meals for 10 people (that’s a LOT of food) in a kitchen that isn’t equipped for that many people. But we made due with what we had and had to do many things in multiple small batches.


I was on Team Chicken with Sandra (very fitting since her family owns Pete & Gerry’s) and Allie. Sandra was our master chef while Allie and I played sous chef with all of the chopping. Which included some very spicy peppers. FYI – spicy peppers stay on your skin even after washing your hands over and over again. Allie found out by having a burning upper lip and I later found out when I took my contacts out to go to bed. Yup. That felt amazing. At least Allie could put Stonyfield Greek yogurt on her upper lip to ease the burn!

All of the food was amazing. The chicken had a nice spice to it (hello peppers!). The pasta was flavorful and colorful with the spinach and sun dried tomatoes. The best dish was the Arugula Salad which could have been a meal in itself.


As an attendee of Rise.Run.Retreat, we all received gift cards for Chef’d to try at home with our families. I immediately placed an order Monday night.

It’s so easy to order. You pick your meal and then you choose the delivery date. You can order one meal or meals for the whole week. There’s so many options no matter what your food preference is: Gluten Free, Vegetarian, etc.

A few days later, a big box from Chef’d arrived.

The first night, we made two of the meals: Italian Sausage Pesto Pizza and Steak Salad with Rosemary Potatoes.

Sausage Pesto Pizza and Arugula Salad from Chef'd. | happyfitmama.com

You guys. This meal was amazing. The pizza was absolutely delicious. And the salad was just like everyone’s favorite at Rise.Run.Retreat except with the addition of steak.

Ron was even impressed. He is totally a pizza guy and is pretty particular. But he kept exclaiming about how good it tasted. The same thing with the salad.  I love adding roasted veggies to green salads and this one did not disappoint. And it was fun to make our own croutons from scratch.

Our last meal was the Stuffed Chicken Breast with Lemon-Artichoke Pesto. I didn’t plate my meal as pretty as they suggested because it was late, I was hungry and I had taken parts of my chicken apart to give to my son. Trust me when I saw it tasted amazing!

I had never stuffed a chicken breast before. It’s so easy! The lemon-artichoke pesto was my favorite though. The lemon flavor was perfect and something that I’d never had before in a pesto.


A great bonus of Chef’d is that even though they include all the pre-portioned ingredients, they still tell you the exact amount needed along with the step by step instructions. I plan to recreate each of the three recipes over and over again. Especially the salad. Trust me – it was so good!

I definitely will be ordering more meals from Chef’d. It’s a nice way to try things that you wouldn’t make on your own. It makes a great gift too! I just sent a Chef’d gift card to my mom for her birthday. Chef’d will deliver to almost everywhere in the U.S. She was thrilled to give it a try and ordered her meals right away.

Have you tried a meal delivery service before?

What would you like to try from Chef’d?