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Better Gums May Mean a Better Mom? #YourGumsMatter

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So, here's the deal. I've struggled with gum health (you know, the ones that hold you teeth in your mouth) for the past 5 years. Being pregnant so many times had taken a toll on my gums, and I decided to fight back by seeing my dentist not just 2 times a year, but three, and we managed to get the problem under control with a plan of action that was easy to implement but oh-so-important to my future health.

Why is gum health such a big deal?




Gums play an important roll in keeping your teeth where they need to be. Diseased gums can lead to tooth loss, which can lead to changes in your overall health.  Gum disease has been linked to all kinds of scary things like diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses.  Plus, not having teeth is one of my biggest fears; the shape and appearance of your mouth really depend on a good tooth structure.

Thankfully, there are so many great products out there to keep my gum health routine simple and effective.  I have been using G.U.M products for as long as I could brush, and between the brushes and flossers, it's been possibly to stop the gum damage pattern that was happening after pregnancies and get my oral health back on track.

What's even better is that my kids are learning good habits, too!  If I can help them avoid some of the issues I've gone through, they'll have a happier, healthier adulthood.  Better gums for me is just one way that I'm able to inspire them and make sure I'm around for a good, long time.

Just take a look at this 30-second video from the G.U.M brand which proves gums should be treated well!



As you can see, the small efforts we make to keep gums healthy, can have a lifetime of positive effects! Big ones! Learn more about how the G.U.M. brand can help at their website.

Wanna Win? We are giving away a prize pack including: 



To be entered to win, just comment on this post with your biggest challenge in keeping teeth and gums clean!  You have until 11:59 pm CST on May 25th to get your entries in. One entry per person. Open to U.S. residents 18+ only.

*This post was done in partnership with SunStar Health and G.U.M Products. Opinions are my own.

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132 comments

  1. My biggest challenge is remembering to do it.

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  2. My biggest challenge is taking the time to care for them properly
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

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  3. My biggest challenge is to do it on a consistent basis

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  4. My biggest challenge is keeping breath fresh all day.

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  5. My biggest problem is remembering to floss. I brush at least twice a day, but my flossing habits are less consistent.

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  6. My biggest challenge to keeping teeth and gums healthy is to continue to remind and encourage my granddaughters to brush teeth after all meals especially in the am and pm and the importance of drinking a glass of water after eating to rinse off some of the food stuff left on or between our teeth

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  7. My biggest challenge is that it hurts my gums and sometimes toothpastes make my teeth too sensitive, but I push through!

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  8. Biggest challenge is finding the time to keep my oral hygiene up!

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  9. My biggest challenge in keeping teeth and gums clean is flossing. I have a habit of forgetting too often.

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  10. I think it has to be flossing. No matter how much we tell our kids to do it, we have to remember ourselves.

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  11. Taking the time to clean teeth properly has always been a problem for me.

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  12. the biggest thing is flossing for me need to continue to do this. thankyou ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  13. My biggest challenge is that I procrastinate...I think I will brush my teeth (or rinse, or floss) as soon as I get this done...and then I get distracted by something else and I think I will do it after I get that done, etc. Just not at the top of my priority list....like I tell my dentist, unlike him and his staff, I have other things to worry about besides my teeth!

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  14. My biggest challenge is how fast tartar builds up on my teeth and the fact that my teeth are really close together in spots.

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  15. My biggest challenge is keeping my teeth white and clean after a long day of coffee and tea! I try to brush them after lunch and after work... extra tooth brushes are always great to have around :)

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  16. My biggest challenge is keeping brushing my teeth after meals. Brittney House

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  17. flossing is my biggest challenge

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  18. My biggest challenge is grinding :( no matter how well i do brushing/etc i always forget my mouth guard

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  19. I always am in a hurry so I forget to take time and clean throughly miranda55g@yahoo.com

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  20. My biggest challenge is flossing. I don't really like to do it so I don't do it enough.

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  21. My biggest challenge was flossing daily but so far this year I have doing great.

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  22. Flossing - I hate it but know it needs done.

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  23. My biggest challenge is flossing my tight and compacted teeth, which I do several times a day!

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  24. My biggest challenge is trying to be gentle on my gums when brushing since they are receding now.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  25. The biggest challenge is finding time to floss and getting a good floss to floss with!
    dor.turner@yahoo.com

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  26. No problems … just takes effort to reach behind back molars … I love the clean feeling
    rick_aei@hotmail.com

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  27. My biggest issue is sticking to a routine.

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  28. My biggest issue is flossing between a bridge!

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  29. My biggest challenge is feeling motivated enough to floss, I know it's important!

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  30. My biggest challenge with taking care of my gums and teeth is that my gums are receding and it makes for really sensitive teeth. I also don't have a dentist, and you reminded me how important that is to oral health! There are some things we just can't take care of ourselves.
    mrsbrockavich48 (at)gmail (dot)com

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  31. My biggest challenge is when I am away from home I don't always floss since I usually forget it.
    discriminating_diva@yahoo.com

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  32. Flossing is my biggest challenge. I just don't want to do it!

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  33. My biggest challenge is getting everyone to floss consistently. It seems we all don't like doing it.

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  34. My biggest challenge is remembering to floss. I've really been trying to do better but some nights, I still forget.
    mikebelindaconnor at hotmail dot com

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  35. My biggest challenge is not brushing so hard that I damage my gums.

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  36. Flossing. Hate flossing, forget to do it.

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  37. My biggest issue is brushing thoroughly - I cut corners sometimes when I am tired.

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  38. my biggest challenge would be to floss daily

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  39. My biggest challenge is not flossing enough

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  40. I just got a permanent retainer and flossing is a little more difficult now and I'm still getting used to it.

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  41. My biggest challenge is getting into those harder to reach places in my mouth. Losing teeth is one of my biggest fears also.

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  42. My biggest challenge is finding a toothbrush that works for me! Right size/right bristle hardness/softness

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. My challenge is to floss every day.
    reklaw422 at Hotmail dot com

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  44. I'm very good about brushing my teeth twice a day but I hate to floss

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  45. Flossing is my biggest challenge.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  46. My biggest challenge is crowns. Going around the gums is a pain. Plus being diabetic means I have to put in extra care.
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  47. My biggest challenge is being able to open my jaw wide enough to get to my back teeth due to an injury over 2 years ago.

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  48. My biggest problem is cleaning around a permanent bottom arch wire.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  49. I have a hard time remembering to floss. I hate cleanings so I'm trying to be better.
    freshsamanthaaa (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  50. MIne is I don't floss enough, Im not really into it
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  51. My biggest is finding time to brush at work after lunch.
    dez3b at yahoo dot com

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  52. My biggest challenge is brushing and flossing when I'm suppose too. dwelchert at yahoo dot com

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  53. flossing, especially around my permanent retainer...and brushing for the length of time that you're supposed to. I'm a quick brusher.

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  54. i have an issue with the far back top teeth the toothbrush just doesn't fit there comfortably

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  55. My challenge is flossing, I like to floss several times daily!

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  56. My biggest challenge is flossing!

    - Judith

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  57. My biggest challenge is remembering to do it.I also have a hard time flossing daily.

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  58. My biggest challenge is flossing every day. I just don't like taking the time to do it!
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  59. My biggest challenge is getting in between my back teeth. Its hard to reach back there!

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  60. My biggest challenges are reaching behind my back teeth and flossing through a couple of teeth that are very close together!

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  61. My biggest challenge is remembering to brush after every meal. Usually when I remember I haven't eaten and after I eat, I never remember.
    gratefulgiveaways@yahoo.com

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  62. My biggest challenge is remembering to buy a new tooth brush every 3 months.

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  63. My biggest challenge is remembering to floss

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  64. Rembering to make time and remember that it is just as important and neede as anything else to brush and floss twice a day. Guilty of once a day and done, and no flossing sometimes.

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  65. I grind my teeth in my sleep, so my biggest challenge is protecting my enamel and dealing with sensitive teeth.

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  66. My biggest challenge is to remember to smile because of my teeth.

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  67. I have periodontal disease and my gums are sensitive and bleed =, so I need to floss more.

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  68. My biggest challenge is remembering before I am all comfy in bed.

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  69. My biggest issue is remember to floss. And I probably use mouth wash more than I should. Thanks for the chance to win. joricker@hotmail.com

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  70. My biggest challenge is remember to floss enough.

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  71. Brushing and flossing for me is pretty ritual, but when I go backpack for weeks or months at a time, it's a bigger ordeal to get it down.

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  72. It hard to floss the back of the teeth for me.

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  73. The back teeth are hard to get to - both sides and back

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  74. My biggest challenge with flossing my teeth is that they are so close together - it takes quite a while to accomplish the task properly. However, the go-betweens do make it a little easier.

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  75. My biggest challenge is definitely flossing. I'm horrible at it because my teeth are very crammed together tight. So even with the more expensive brand floss.. it often shreds. So I skip it a lot. I have a huge sweet tooth so I get a lot of cavities.

    angelatrenna(AT)earthlink(DOT)net

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  76. My biggest challenge is brushing my teeth for 2 minutes everytime I brush my teeth

    cc_girly(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  77. My biggest challenge is flossing, I hate to do it because my gums are so sensitive.

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  78. my biggest challenge is bleeding gums

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  79. My biggest challenge is remembering to floss! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  80. My biggest challenge is trying to floss after meals. I am so busy.

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  81. I agree that it's finding the time (and remembering!) to do it. It seems I'm too busy after meals, and too tired before bed.
    homesickforheaven2 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  82. mine is remembering to floss. eclairre at ymail dot com

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  83. I have a hard time flossing as the spaces between my teeth are very tight.

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  84. I have perio, so its a constant daily annoyance...that reminder of teeth are important. But it needs to be done

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  85. Flossing is always an element that is a concern. I have a tooth that is capped and I always pay particular attention to that tooth. I use a water pic as well as flossing for those difficult areas which helps.rene chartier (joan)

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  86. I can't reach my back teeth when flossing!

    motioncitycutie(at)aol(dot)com

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  87. My biggest problem is that I am on aspirin therapy so my gums bleed very easily. That makes it hard to brush for a long period of time.

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  88. My biggest challenge is getting my son to do it without gagging. He starts and then I start. Gross!

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  89. My biggest challenge is to floss enough as I know I just do a quick job of it instead of more in-depth than I do now.
    Laurie Emerson
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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  90. My challenge are the back teeth and in between them. It is hard to do.

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  91. My biggest challenge is remembering to brush my teeth before bed... I get sleepy and forget!

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  92. My biggest challenge is flossing my teeth. I put it off and then forget to do it.

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  93. My biggest challenge is that I have very sensitive gums! tmichellecooper55@gmail.com

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  94. Remembering to floss is always a challenge for me
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  95. In my teens & 20s, I had so many problems with my oral health. As a result, I had a LOT of work done...crowns, bridges, implants. So now it's so important for me to keep it all clean & in good health. The hardest part of that is getting in between a lot of the dental work, especially the bridges.

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  96. My biggest challenge is consistently and properly flossing.

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  97. I am an over-the-road Trucker. The truck is always rolling. My biggest challenge is to find a place to properly care for my teeth and gums every day.

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  98. My biggest challenge is simply taking the time to do the necessary care properly.

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  99. The biggest challenge is to find time to keep brushing.

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  100. My biggest challenge is flossing since my teeth are very close together.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  101. flossing is a challenge sometimes.

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  102. My biggest challenge is getting between teeth with floss because they are so tightly together. Need to spend a lot of time on it.

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  103. Being consistent is probably my biggest challenge.

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  104. I just get bored of flossing.

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  105. My biggest challenge is remembering to fliss everyday!

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  106. My biggest challenge is to do it on a consistent basis.
    s2s2 at cox dot net

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  107. My biggest challenge is with flossing. I have a few teeth that are so close together it's hard to floss between them.

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  108. My biggest challenge is flossing because I have sensitive gums.

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  109. flossing is the biggest problem. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  110. My biggest challenge is bad genes! I floss daily, use a prescription toothpaste, and I still have lots of problems!

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  111. My biggest challenge is having the time to do it correctly. I do it but often am in a hurry.

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  112. My biggest challenge is cleaning my teeth while not at home.

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  113. My biggest challenge is flossing. Thanks. -kimcon1012@yahoo.com

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  114. I am horrible about remembering to floss

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  115. Finding toothpaste without neurotoxins.

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  116. Finding toothpaste without neurotoxins.

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  117. My biggest challenge is to remember to floss before I go to sleep at night!

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  118. My biggest challenge is flossing in between the teeth that are very close together. Email: cuse_softie(at)yahoo.com

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  119. I'd have to say the biggest challenge for my daughter is flossing. It's so hard to remember to do it. I had a hereditary gum disease and had to get all my teeth pulled out. Having dentures for the past 22 yrs hasn't been too bad. Less time at the dentist is nice for me. Thank you for the chance :)

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  120. It's difficult because a lot of whitening treatments are expensive

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  121. My biggest challenge is having enough time to brush properly without being interrupted.

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  122. My biggest problem is remembering to do it in the first place.

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  123. my biggest challenge is keeping them brushed properly and flossed and stained free ty for this chance

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  124. My biggest challenge is flossing!! Food gets stuck between my teeth very easily, and it seems like I'm always flossing. emilywells10@gmail.com

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  125. My biggest challenge is flossing, my teeth are so close together that flossing is painful...and I don't do it as often as I should. daniellecorrelle@aol.com

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  126. My biggest challenge is flossing without bleeding :(
    Thank You for the chance

    Fiona N
    iceyogurt(at)gmail(dot)com

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  127. Thank You for the giveaway…biggest challenge is flossing one of my upper molars i.e. I have big fingers !

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  128. My biggest challenge is that I wear a partial and it scares me to pull it off, because I worry about it damaging my teeth. This causes me to not take as good care of my gums that I should.

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  129. Brushing as often as I should.

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  130. m biggest problem is being consistent on brushing my teeth

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  131. I would say flossing at least once a day.

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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