Gurin Professional Rechargeable Oral Irrigator and Flosser

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From time to time, we get to try products we’ve been curious about for years but never pulled the trigger on. This is one of those, and it’s one I’m glad we got to try. Gurin’s Professional Water Flosser is a great addition to your oral care routine, and at a price that makes it affordable for everyone.

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Brushing your teeth is only one step in a complete oral care routine. Flossing is essential, and I’ve come to believe a good mouthwash is as well. But a “water flosser” like this Gurin Oral Irridator will also become indespensible when you see all the little bits left behind after brushing and flossing. I know I did. It took a bit to get the hang of it, and I can say from unfortunate experience that the pump is powerful enough to send a stream of water across the room. The three settings are great, from Normal to Soft to “Pulse”, there’s a setting there for just about everyone’s sensitivity levels. And, should you want to be a bit OCD like us in this house, you can use mouthwash as well as water for an extra level of “clean”. Keeping your gums healthy is a must for strong teeth that’ll last us our entire lives, and this Gurin Professional Water Flosser is a fantastic way to really keep your gums, and by extension, your teeth, healthy and strong. At only $37.95 (at the time of this writing), it’s cheaper than a trip to the dentist, too, and much less than products of comparable quality and features, by as much as 2/3! And for those with braces, this is a godsend for getting little bits of food out and keeping your mouth fresh. I WISH there was something like this way back when I had my braces!!

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The battery is rechargeable, and the supplied AC adapter gives the unit a full charge in about 4 hours, and it goes on and on and on from a single charge. I can’t see any documentation as to the type of battery used (the Amazon add says “NiCad”), so I would make a point of charging it only when needed and not over-charging or leaving it plugged in for prolonged periods of time. I do wish it was a NiMH or Lithium Ion battery, for longevity’s sake. Gurin’s Water Flosser also comes with 2 color-coded heads for multiple users, and while you can buy replacement heads on Amazon, contacting Gurin about your first set of replacement heads by email with the subject line “Interested in Free offer for Gurin Oral Irrigator” will get a you a couple of free heads. If I had to take issue with anything about this product, it’s that I wish there was a way to “dial down” the volume of liquid that is dispensed, as I found myself dribbling from the chin from time to time. Hubby didn’t have as much of an issue, by he has a giant mouth on his big ‘ole pumpkin head, so of course he’d have no problems. I would also not recommend ditching the string floss entirely, as this should only be used to supplement your flossing, not replace it entirely. Other than that, this has become an essential part of my daily oral care routine. You should really try it, you won’t know how you got along without it!

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Majestic Bombay: Dental Tartar Scraper and Remover Stainless Steel Set #Review #TartarScraperkit

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Like many of us, going to the dentist and coming out with zero issues is not only welcoming news but also a positive towards our check book. In my world, I want to walk out after a cleaning and the only thing the dentist has to discuss with me, is my next appointment for another cleaning.

For many year now, I have been doing my own cleaning in-between dentist visits. I will gently scrape any build-up and at my last cleaning, the dentist stated she barely had to do anything and then started questioning me if I went somewhere else before seeing her again. Will I ever make the leap and do the cleaning myself minus the dentist? Of course not! I still need those educated eyes to look and see, plus I don’t do the polishing you get after a do-it-yourself cleaning at home.

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In comes Majestic Beauty with their 3-piece Dental Hygiene Kit:

  • Dental Pick
  • Dental Scaling Instrument
  • Dental Mouth Mirror

All the tools are stainless steel and this is wonderful when it comes to disinfecting the pieces. Easy to use and when my mirror arrived overly bent due to shipping, Majestic Beauty quickly sent out a replacement. I only needed to establish contact once to get the small issue fixed and I like that in a company. I have been using the dental tools for a couple months and with zero issues when it comes to the quality of the metal, using the tools, and I’m very satisfied with the performance of the kit. The pick has the proper curvature and my only advice and this goes with any project, learn before you start. The key is to avoid damage from tartar and plaque build-up, not give yourself damage when removing it!

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Retail Price Point: $19.99 via Amazon for the kit.  You can save and purchase from the manufacture directly and pay $9.99 via their website.

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Dr. Song Professional Teeth Whitening System; Syringe Kit with Light, Trays and Gel Applicators #Review #DrSong

 

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I don’t wait for New Year’s resolutions to do something drastic but I admit that I usually want a brighter smile for the holidays.  I have tried the strips, gels, mouthwashes, whitening toothpastes, to even a whitening pen, on my quest for a brighter smile.  I’m really good about brushing, flossing and taking care of them and have little to no issues thankfully, so I tend to over focus on whitening.  My enemy and also something I love to drink are coffees and teas and I tend to always sway towards the darker brews.  My teeth are white but they could always be whiter……but not blinding!

In comes Dr. Song with two systems that help improve and achieve that “wow” smile we all want.
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First, if you suffer from sensitive teeth and this is from anything from daily sensitivity to cold/hot drinks or maybe you are new to whitening methods, I highly suggest to first purchase Dr. Song’s “Remineralization” Gel kit.  The kit provides a gel that, which reduces tooth sensitivity.  Your teeth will also benefit from restoration of minerals, strengthening of enamel with Sodium Fluoride and Potassium Nitrate.  One kit provides you with 8 syringes, which gives you 50 treatments! The gel also has a nice fresh mint flavor, so it leaves you with protected teeth and minty fresh breath.  You can also use the product after whitening if you get any sensitive spots.

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Retail Price Point: $9.99 via Amazon
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Now, you can move forward and start working towards a brighter smile with Dr. Song’s Professional Teeth Whitening System.

The System Includes:

• 8 large syringes, which yields 50 applications
• A gel applicator brush, which helps spread the gel formula evenly
• A LED Blue Light Accelerator that boosts the whitening process
• Also, two mold-able teeth trays

 

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What I liked from the start was the trays because you just dip them in hot water and you get a customize-able and perfect template that will allow the whitening gel to distribute perfectly. The trays mold to the shape of your own teeth, so no generic tray that does not reach every nook and cranny…..so not having to deal with one-size fits all is so appreciated!

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The gel whitening formula is easy to work with because it has the consistency that is thick enough to stay in place but still easy enough to spread. You have control and the brush helps make sure that you distribute the product as you should. Not a formula where splashes is a worry and not watery at all.

The LED Blue Light is to help accelerate the whitening process and in the directions it’s optional, as the gel will work on it’s own by why not hurry things along if you can. I used it every time.

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The syringes allow you to use every last drop with zero waste. You get 50 uses! Can’t buy that at the local store and because you get the product from the manufacture via Amazon, you don’t have to worry if a formula became deactivated/weakened because it was on the shelf too long. The formula is strong (professional strength) and you have to just be cautious to not come in contact with your gums and keep in mind that very little product is needed to achieve proper application. It’s a whitening formula so just make sure to wear a not so nice shirt in case you accidentally drop any, and stay by the sink. Any material like a towel may bleach if you use it to wipe any excess formula off, so I kept to white hand towels.

What to expect during the process:

I followed the directions and taped them to my mirror until I was familiar enough (with routine) to not need them and made sure to put them back with the other syringes for later reference. Once you molded the trays, you apply the gel, use the brush to spread and apply the trays that should mostly come in contact with your teeth. You will experience foaming as you do with like products of this kind. You use the LED light and once you are done, you simply wash the molds. Easy and you get results. Simple and without a hefty price tag like you would get from the dentist. The nicest part is you have long term use and the vials stay good for about a year. Keep the syringes in the dark and in a cool place. I kept mine in a box in the closest, as sometimes under the sink the temperature may vary by what temperature of water you are using, along with variations if your shower is located in the same vicinity.

Retail Price Point: $34.99 via Amazon

Final Verdict:

I was happy with the process and my fall back when it came to having the Remineralization kit. I knew if I experienced sensitivity, I had something that would aid me from experiencing any discomfort.  All of the products are meet USP standards and are FDA compliant.  The results were great and I was satisfied with the level of whiteness I achieved. I did not need many shades lighter, just something to brighten my smile. That little touch of glow that makes it look like you drink only water and never eat anything with red sauces. My only regret is what I spent before on whitening systems that never resulted in giving me what I desired. Dr. Song’s product let me follow at my own pace and achieve the results I want, when I want to. I can stop when I want and pick-up again if I had a few weeks of drinking too much tea. It corrects my bad habits even though I eat well, berries, teas, tomatoes may be kind to your body but not always to your smile. Start 2015 with a brighter smile with Dr. Song’s Whitening System!

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UrthBox: March Box Review…..Discover a Healthier You!

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I can easily state that from all the subscription boxes that are food related…..this one is the most packed!

Urthbox is a company which fills their subscription boxes with healthy, not-your-average treats and snacks. Stocking their box with only non-GMO foods makes this company stand out above all the rest.  They also have boxes that fit every dietary need from vegan, gluten-free and even “diet” options.  Munching diet related products is a great way to know what works, what you like to even what you want to continue purchasing.  Urthbox also has boxes to fit every budget starting from $19 (7-10 items), medium sized box for $29 (12-15 products), to the large box that makes you a super happy snacker at $49 (20-24 items).  I received the “Part-Time Snacker” box in size medium.  I received 12 products from different manufacturers but the quantity was larger because some products came in counts of 2 or even 3.  I liked that they count your products by individual kinds versus counting that they added 2 items of one product and using that towards the full count.  Very fair and generous of UrthBox.  I also want to add that shipping is free, so the above price points are with shipping included.

Let’s get started because I have so much to cover….I will be using the 1 to 5 point system where 5 is superb in taste/flavor and texture, and where 1 is pretty much saying don’t put it in your mouth 🙂

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  • Snap Pea Crisps (One .75 ounce package): I have seen these being sampled at Costco but never actually stood in line to try one.  It’s pretty much Green Peas that are lightly salted and baked.  A healthier way to snack because you get less fat than potato chips but this treat also is a good source of fiber.  I love peas of any kind so I am biased on this one.  I did like the texture but was not super fond of the aftertaste.  It was not pleasant and left my mouth lacking moisture but now I know to pass versus buying on these.  I give them a 2

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  • Hemp Hearts (Two 0.5 ounce packages): I have tested these before and enjoy them very much.  You can read my full detailed review here- http://wp.me/p2B5Rd-fP and I give these a 5

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  • Viana Mild Jumbo Veggie Snack Sausage (Two 1.76 ounce packages): I received the Traditional German Smokehouse variety and have never tasted a non-meat sausage.  I first loved how it smelled because that is my first test before taking a bite.  The smell was spicy and very inviting.  I take a bite and must say that flavor is not missing and you get a nice smoky taste with a wonderful blend of spices.  Being a meat-eater, I can say if you told me it was turkey or chicken based….I would be none the wiser.  It’s organic and you get a generous 13 grams of soy based protein with only 130 calories.  It’s up there with a cup of yogurt and only 360 mg of sodium and 2 grams of sugar.  It fills you up in a more satisfying way and I would purchase this item again.  I give this product a 4

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  • Salba Chia Boost (Two 0.5 ounce packages): Advertised as not your usual chia seed and something I would have overlooked because I have had bad chia seeds.  I did not think qualities changed so drastically and because I sorted on value when first buying them, I first purchased a bag of great quality seeds.  I then go and repurchase the chia seeds but decided to pick-up a cheaper brand……big mistake.  There was such an off taste that eating them in a wet or dry method did not save me.  I ended up discarding them so there went my savings turning into waste.  I can say that Salba does have a premium product and I also enjoyed that these come in ground (powder) form, something that was new to me.  I mix it with my flax seeds and they are a treat with a nutritional punch.  I give this item a 5

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  • Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut oil (One 0.5 ounce package): The Coconut oil is cold pressed and unrefined.  Love that it’s Fair Trade certified and Organic.  I have become a fan of the coconut and it’s oil, to the point I cook with it and even purchase a butter and coconut oil spread that makes great grilled cheese sandwiches, even to just being used on bread.  The Kelapo package states to warm in hands, tear and squeeze.  Like many cooking oils, not all are equal and I put Kelapo in the higher grade when it comes to standards, texture and flavor.  This is why I love these subscription boxes…..I became a fan of a new brand and give this oil a 5

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  • Shelton’s Smoked Snack Stick (One 1.0 ounce package): The sausage stick came in jalapeno flavor and is turkey based.  Shelton’s products use turkey that is antibiotic free and the ingredient list was rather short.  You have the turkey, jalapeno peppers, water, salt, encapsulated lactic acid, celery juice, red pepper, black pepper, granulated garlic, coriander and the blend is stuffed in a beef collagen casing  Pretty simple and as natural as you can get when it comes to the sausage world.  The product has a nice texture and spice content.  You pick up the flavor of the peppers and I loved that it was not greasy or fatty like other sausages of this kind.  I give this product a 4

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  • Neo Water (One 16.9 ounce bottle): Neo is a “Superwater” and it’s super-ness comes with the triple the benefits that come with this drink.  You get water and added minerals for flavor, but also alkaline, has electrolytes and antioxidants.  The water has a crisp and refreshing flavor and it’s definitely noticed when drinking.  It tastes cleaner and I like the added benefits.  I give this bottle a 5

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  • Spatone Pur Absorb Iron (3 0.67 fluid ounce packages): Okay, I never thought of drinking iron and I’m the type that usually tries to get mine from vegetables and meat.  You get 5 mg of iron per package and the contents are listed as iron-rich natural spring water.  Now, I’m more curious and my first thought was, “please don’t taste like iron”.  I taste it as-is and I will say the package suggests adding it to a fruit based juice or just more water.  It does not smell strong but my nose must be stuffy because the taste was very unpleasant.  Strong notes of metal and almost a fishy finish.  I drank plain water trying to wash the unpleasant taste and I would think I was free from it for it to just creep back.  The very unfavorable notes were stuck in the back of my teeth and in my throat, it took several sips to just diliute it enough so it would not give me a “sicky-feeling”.  Again, why would someone want to drink their iron like this is something I thought before tasting and was reinforced after tasting.  I give this product a 1 but wishing my scale had a 0

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  • Licious Organics Honey Cookies (One 1 ounce cookie): Let’s move on from the iron disaster and onto cookies…much nicer.  I received the cranberry almond variety and this is an unbaked cookie.  You have finely crushed oats, coconut, almonds and raw honey, plus cranberries and sunflower seeds.  You also have sunflower oil, Utah pink salt, cinnamon, vanilla and lemon juice. The cookie is also wheat free and 130 calories per small cookie.  I can say it tastes unbaked and even though dates are not mentioned, the pulverized texture makes you think of them of date bars.  This cookie saved me from the iron so I am grateful!  The texture and puck shaped cookie makes it……well un-cookie like.  This is more like a nutrition bar shaped like a disc but when I looked at the protein and nutrition facts, I can see why it’s called a cookie.  Not bad if you have it right there but would not crave it or seek it out.  I give the faux cookie a 2

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  • Beanfield’s Bean & Rice Chips (One 1.5 ounce bag): I was fortunate to review the entire selection offered by the Beanfield’s company and today I still purchase and eat their chips.  I received the pico de gallo flavor and please read my detailed review here-http://wp.me/p2B5Rd-n2 .  You will enjoy these very flavorful chips and I give this tasty chip a 5

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  • Eco-Dent Oral Care (3 packets): This is a company that makes natural based products for oral care.  I received 1 packed of dental gum, 1 packet of the daily rinse and 1 packet of tooth powder that substitutes as toothpaste.  Eco-Dent has a full line of dental hygiene products to fulfill your dental needs.  The products tasted actually rather nice and they all had a mint-based flavor.  The company included a 10% off coupon, plus a nice informative pamphlet about what makes their products premium and natural.  They even stand behind their products with a money-back guarantee!  I’m addicted to keeping my teeth white and while I did like these items, they just did not fit my individual needs.  Yes, Baking Soda whitens but in my experience not as quick and fast as the products I currently use.  These products perform as advertised and I give these products a 4

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  • CalNaturalle Svelte Organic Protein Shake (One 11 Fluid Ounce container): I skip on drinking protein shakes or smoothies and I must be honest on why, I’m lazy about washing my non-dishwasher safe shaker bottle.  Yes, it comes down to that but it’s the honest truth.  I then think of buying one that is dishwasher safe but no point if you need it the following day so I made a simple purchase complicate.  Only me!  In comes Svelte making sure to clear away my laziness by having their shake come in their own bottle.  I just shake, open and drink.  My flavor came in French vanilla and is sweetened with stevia.  All organic products and the protein shake is soymilk based, giving you 11 grams of protein.  It tasted pretty good for being a vanilla flavor and I drank half and then put it in the freezer for it to freeze just enough to make it taste like a shake….20 minutes top.  Then I loved it so I give this product a 4

 

  • So, let’s rate my UrthBox and I give the service, size of box and items included a fairly deserved 4.5 and 5 if you find a discount code…..wait, I found one. Use code 5XU83J and you get a $10 Gift Card towards your first order. Code expires on 5/30/2014.

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Luster NOW! Premium White Instant Whitening Toothpaste

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Blinded by the Light!*

Okay, maybe that’s overstating things, but wowzers, am I a fan of Luster Premium White’s Luster Now! Instant Whitening Toothpaste! Influenster sent me this little treat as part of their Something Blue “I Do” VoxBox. An Allure Beauty Expert 2011 Breakthrough Award winner, Luster promises whiter teeth in just one brushing, thanks to their proprietary Bluverite technology. Whosajiggawhaaa? Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis? Let me explain:

Bluverite technology was developed by dentists to give the optical effect of whiter teeth instantly. It works by subtly tinting your teeth for instant gratification without the crippling tooth sensitivity sometimes associated with other “instant” whitening products, and with no risk to your enamel or gums. And the effect will last for hours! All that plus fresh breath and cavity protection! Dy-No-Mite!. One word of warning: If you do over-use this product (as Hubby did), there is a chance you’ll start to see a slight blue hue on your gums and in between your teeth. A quick rinse of your mouth should take care of it lickety-split.

Okay, let’s reel it back in, here, girlie. I have to say, I’ve been using whitening products on my teeth for years now, almost since they hit the markets, because I do love me some tea and coffee, and those can wreak havoc on your teeth. But I was pleasantly surprised to see instant results with this product for my date night with hubby. I think you’ll be happy with it too. Sparkling thanks to Influenster for another winner

For more Information, please visit: http://www.lusterpremiumwhite.com/   @LusterPremWhite #LusterWhite

*Hubby thought he was being cute by humming this little ditty by The Boss when he saw me taking Luster for a test drive. And he got it stuck in my head. Dork!

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Smiley: Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste with Orajel

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I was fortunate enough to be a part of Smiley’s Arm & Hammer Sensitive toothpaste campaign, and let me tell you, it comes at the very best time or year. Who doesn’t like ice cream, icy fruit smoothies, popsicles (don’t judge me), and all manner of frozen treats that are part and parcel staples of summer? But then there’s that one spot, that one tooth, that makes enjoying them nearly impossible. I’m here to tell you that thanks to Arm & Hammer teaming with Orajel, kiss that sensitive tooth (or teeth) goodbye this summer. Oh, and lets not forget that Arm & Hammer has also included baking soda, gentle whitening and all the anti-cavity goodness to make good oral health anything but an afterthought,

 I tried this product for two weeks. But not before confirming that “owie” spot at my molar that has a filling. You know the one, the one that reminds me I had one too many sour gummy worms that one Halloween. The one that makes me dread my frozen pineapple spears, my blended berries-and-ice smoothies, my dark chocolate-covered frozen nanners. Yup. Still ouchie. But right about the two week mark, I decided it was time. Sure enough, I was able to indulge.  Happily.  Fully.  Now, I just have to worry about brain freeze!
Let’s not forget that this is Arm & Hammer, teaming with Orajel, who has taken the hassle out of putting some baking soda into your toothpaste. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve added a little from time to time to bump up the clean, but this is a much better way to get it in there. Tartar reduction, anti-cavity power, and a pleasant, minty flavor that left your mouth feeling clean, and then there’s the reassurance that you’re protected with Orajel. This is a truly all-in-one product that does it all.  I’m a fan, and I think you will be too.
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What are some of the Benefits:

  • Relief from painful tooth & nerve sensitivity
  • Low abrasion formula
  • Effective stain removal
  • Deep cleaning
  • Breath freshening
  • Fluoride cavity protection

ARM & HAMMER™ Sensitive Toothpaste by the makers of Orajel™ oral relief pain medication is available in three varieties:

  • ARM & HAMMER™ Sensitive Whitening
  • ARM & HAMMER™ Sensitive Freshening
  • ARM & HAMMER™ Sensitive Multi-Protection

For more information visit: http://www.armandhammer.com/oral-care-sem-sensitivity.aspx

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