Make a Good First Impression With a Healthy Smile

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One the most important keys to success in life is making a good first impression. It’s what people are going to remember–those first few minutes of meeting you, in any situation: a job interview, a first day of class, a meeting with a potential business partner, etc. Create a bad first impression, and it doesn’t matter how much “winning personality” you show them the second time around–it won’t change anyone’s mind. Your first impression is your lasting impression! One thing that will instantly create a positive first impression is a beautiful, healthy, down-to-earth, genuine smile! 

Okay, so we all don’t have perfectly straight teeth that look like our parents spent fortunes on braces (did you know that braces are upwards of $5,000?! YIKES!).

But, we all can have a healthy smile, with routine check-ups, brushing twice a day, flossing, and swishing away all the nasty germs.

Now, I have a confession: I hate going to the dentist! I’ve got the most sensitive teeth! Sorry, but raw nerve endings and metal don’t mix! It’s ironic–I can delivery babies without any pain meds……but I can barely sit through one session of uncomfortable teeth cleaning! HA!

But I go.

Every 6 months.

And so does my family! In fact, my (almost) 7 year old and I went just last week! (Thankfully, NO CAVITIES! WOO HOO!)


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I tell ya… son is such a ham…. LOL

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I am concerned about my children’s teeth. I want them to have the best opportunities in life, and always put their best foot (and smiles!) forward so that they make great first impressions (and aren’t the butts of anyone’s “yellow teeth” jokes!). And especially at the tender grade-school age, when their baby teeth are falling out and adult teeth are growing in, it’s even more important to take care of their little smiles, which can feel like everything is growing in awry!

It’s always a struggle getting them to brush their teeth, especially doing it properly. Sometimes hubby and I brush for them, but we’re always supporting them to brush on their own. Sometimes I even whisper to them, “You knooooow……if you have ugly, nasty, yellow teeth, no girls will LIKE YOU!” (I imagine they won’t quite comprehend that until they’re teenagers, but it can’t help to drill it into their heads now, right??) LOL

But making it FUN for them is what motivates them to brush! 

After our dentist appointments last week, I went to Target to buy new Colgate Transformer character brushes for my younger boys (didn’t have to buy any for my oldest, since the dentist gave us free samples–woo hoo!), and to pick up some Colgate Total Mouthwash. I like that it has 12-hour protection against germs, even after eating and drinking, and isn’t going to burn my kids’ mouthes, because there’s no alcohol. (Go see more shopping pics over on my Google Plus page!)

There’s something about mouthwash that a kid can’t get enough of! The colors…..the minty taste…the gargling…’s like a treat for them, but the rule is: you only get to use it if you brush your teeth (slick, I know….) 😉 Often times, they’ll jump at the chance to brush!

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I also picked up some Colgate Total Whitening toothpaste for hubby, and me, and hubby was in DIRE NEED for a new toothbrush!

Because, seriously…. When your toothbrush starts to look like this……um……you’re brushing about as efficiently as if you were using your pinky finger!! LOL. His teeth and smile are just as important, so I must remember hubby’s needs, too!

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So, to make it even more fun for my sons, I picked up two flavors: the Spearmint Surge, and the Peppermint Blast (Target didn’t have any other flavors). I told them that we were going to have a TASTING CHALLENGE for Mommy’s blog 🙂

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They were super excited! Can ya tell? They kept shaking them, as if wanting them to explode. BOYS….

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But first, they had to brush their teeth!

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Then my oldest, who’s a a superb reader, needed to check out the back label first. 🙂 He just had to point out to me the warning: “Keep out of the reach of children under 6” and pointed to his 3 year old brother, who stood there shaking the bottle and trying to open it. (By the way, I would have liked to see a child safety cap on the top so that my over-zealous kids, particularly my 3-year-old, can’t get into the mouthwash when me or hubby aren’t around, but there wasn’t any. Better keep it out of reach, for sure!

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After we brushed and flossed, then swished around the mouthwashes (as part of the Colgate Total Regiment), we were ready to crown a winner……


According to my boys, the unofficial winner is:…….GREEN!  The Spearmint Surge was less minty, and the kids liked its mild flavor! Little did they know that it did more than taste good: it was helping to kill all the yucky germs in their mouth, and reducing plaque and gingivitis. Triple SCORE!!

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Next week my 3-year old is going for his very first dental check-up, and I’m hoping for good results! Hopefully, if they keep on with a Colgate Total Regiment of brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash, their teeth and smiles will remain healthy. I want the best for my kids, and when they’re out there in the world, whether it’s meeting new teachers, meeting new friends, or–GASP!–one day, meeting their future spouses, I can only hope that they continue to put their best smiles forward and make a good first impression.


Your Turn: So what do you guys think about first impressions? How important do YOU think a person’s smile is to their first impression? Share your comment below! 🙂


For more information on how you can get a healthy smile, too, follow Colgate on Twitter (#TotalSmile) or follow on Facebook




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Serena Appiah is a wife and mom to 3 boys in the Washington, DC metro area who enjoys writing about family, finances, and raising children.

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  1. Andrew says:

    A big happy smile has certainly served me well through life and I agree, always makes a great first impression, always.

    I hadn’t thought about introducing mouthwash to my kids – it’s difficult enough getting them to brush regularly! If I can make it a “reward” for brushing I may be able to kill two birds with one stone 🙂

    With the cost of dental care, my wife and I do what we can go make sure their teeth will look good after the braces and plates – we know how important a confident smile is and we want out kids to experience the same smiles.

  2. Iain says:

    Healthy teach is a huge thing.

    Having a healthy mouth is very important. It translates into so many other things.

    You can get sick from not having a healthy mouth so it’s vital to make sure that it stays healthy.

    You’ve pointed out a great way to make sure that your children stay healthy. Awesome work.

  3. Pam says:

    A healthy smile is sure one way to make a big first impression. It is fantastic that you are working with them at a young age to protect their teeth. They will thank you for it when they are older.

    Love the pictures. Your boys are adorable.

  4. I make sure my kids go to the dentist every months but myself haven’t been in years!! I really need to go lol

  5. Lyne Proulx says:

    Your kids are adorable! It’s definitely important to brush your teeth and floss every day. I am not one to use mouthwash, but will look into it now, same with my kids.

  6. Maggie C says:

    First impressions are crucial! For a long time, I had discolored front teeth from incomplete root canals and a prior injury. I finally got them fixed last year and am now proud to smile at everybody I see. It’s so easy and cheap to keep teeth healthy and I’m glad to see more items targeted at kids to inspire them to do so.

  7. Jantje says:

    Thanks, Serena for the reminder! I have to admit, I was always pretty spoiled up to now as far as my visits to the dentist are concerned – still no holes in my teeth after 35 years (touch wood!).

    My dear family around me however it not so fortunate, and I believe that making it fun for the kids to educate them and to make it a natural habit to keep a clean & healthy mouth, should be much more of a focus. Great tactic to apply!

  8. OMG. These kids are awesome and all your smiles are gorgeous! Happy Healthy Smile Day to you!

    p.s. hi from a fellow #cbias buddy (mckinneymommas) 😉

  9. Beam with smiles! Your kids looks like they enjoyed the mouthwash haha! Love kids who love brushing teeth!

  10. Great tips on teeth brushing. Beautiful smiles! 🙂

  11. Kristy says:

    Your kids are SO cute! What a great way to get the whole family involved in keeping those teeth in great shape!

  12. Natalie says:

    My dentist told me not to buy that brand of mouthwash, she says it causes yellow staining on your teeth. I also think you are being very bias towards the many people who simply cannot afford appropriate dentistry. I take meds for thyroid dysfunction and use steroids for asthma, both of which suck the calcium right out of you. Despite years of meticulous care on my teeth I’m battling tooth fractures from meds I can’t stop taking. The cost of one root canal and crown and empty your FSA and max out your dental insurance for the year. Word to the wise, never judge a book by it’s cover.

    • Serena says:

      Yeah, you’ve got a point, Natalie. When I was a kid, we had no money for a dentist. It wasn’t until years later when my mom had a job with benefits that we could afford to get the cavities filled and stuff. I think people that can’t afford dentistry, or have a medical condition that affects their teeth, it’s not your fault. For people that CAN do something about it, they should. No mean to offend you! 🙂

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