Colgate toothbrushes in my kids Easter baskets #Eastersmiles #Cbias

Only 7 more days till Easter! I am so excited as it will be Zane’s first Easter and Hayley’s first Easter where she fully understands the concept of celebrating with family. One of our family traditions that I have done since I was a child, is decorating Easter eggs. Hayley and I sit down and dye multiple eggs and then I invite her friends over for the ultimate Easter egg hunt. It is always such a blast! Celebrating Easter with both of my children is such a blessing. I vaguely remember when I was a teenager and doing the Easter activities with my friends, thinking one day I will be doing my own traditions with my children. The time is now to start my own traditions and decorating our eggs is the start to one of our many great traditions.

A few weeks ahead, I start to plan what is going to be in my childrens’ Easter baskets. I try to shop alone but these days, I always end up taking one child with me. So, Hayley joined me on our trip to Walmart to start Easter shopping for their baskets. Of course, I do add items that she has not seen, but there a few that she will pick, that will end up in her Easter basket.

When we first entered the store, my all time favorite candies were seen. Oh, how I love Peeps!

For me, buying candy is hard – I am a kids dentist after all. I am the first person who will tell you that buying candy on a regular basis definitely has some negative impacts on your child’s dental health. However, when it comes to holidays, the fact of the matter is it is hard to deny our children of all the massive amounts of candy. I am asked the questions by my patients’ parents on what they should do with candy on the holidays. My advice is simple – let them have a few pieces of candy and then make sure at the end of that day all the candy is gone and out of sight. Let it be a one-day treat for a special holiday, and then take it away. You definitely do not want candy to be lingering around the house, where not only you risk eating it all yourself, but your kids keep eating it, and end up seeing their favorite person in the world – ME!

Along with this suggestion, I highly suggest making dental care a daily part of your kids life. Be role models for your children so that they have a healthy mouth- make sure they brush twice a day, floss (once their spaces between their teeth close), and use a mouthwash (when they are over the age of 6). Also, on those holidays that children celebrate, why not try to incorporate some fun dental products into their repertoire. I am so proud of Colgate for taking the first step in their huge Colgate Nickelodeon Pallets that are readily seen throughout Walmarts across this country.

Why not for $5 buy your children their favorite Spongebob Squarepants/Dora the Explorer Colgate toothbrushes? You can buy them in the form of  mechanical toothbrushes or the fun electric Colgate toothbrushes.When I took Hayley to Walmart, she was so excited to see these Colgate toothbrushes, she made me buy both of them. I actually ended up buying a few extras as well because it will be great for my patients.

Like I said before, I am not saying to deprive your children of their favorite candies on Easter- even for a dentist, that would be mean of me to say. However, I am saying you should think strongly about dental health care when putting your children’s Easter baskets together. Think about adding in these special and very affordable Colgate Dora/Spongebob toothbrushes…add in some Colgate toothpaste…add in some Listerine. By doing this, you have all your bases covered to insure your kids have nice and healthy mouthes. Like the Colgate pellet in Walmart says, lets bring baskets of smiles this Easter.

This year, I had a lot of fun making up Hayley and Zane’s Easter baskets. In Hayley’s basket, I added in peeps, some chocolates, bunny slippers, pencils, lipgloss, and most importantly Colgate toothpaste, floss threaders, and the Dora Colgate spin brush.

Here is her completed basket:

For Zane, I added in sidewalk chalk, slinky, bunny ears, books, and the Colgate Spongebob toothbrush when he gets older!

Here is Zane’s completed basket:

Yes, I do know I am a dentist so maybe you are thinking, why should I include these Colgate dental items such as the Spongebob Squarepants/Dora the Explorer toothbrushes? The reason is not only will it help your kids ward off all the cavities that will be formed by consuming the candy they get but also it is fun to use these toothbrushes. Don’t believe me – just take a look at the only item that Hayley stole from her Easter basket and maybe you will believe me that this is a must get item for your baskets.

Have fun making your kids Easter baskets – I know I had a blast. For more information of my Walmert shopping trip, check out my google plus story. Also be sure to check out the wonderful Colgate Smile program on Facebook and on Twitter. Let’s make those #EasterSmiles shine!




  • This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. As always, all my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.
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  1. Mellissa Hanks says

    Awesome :O) I love tooth We replace ours every 3 months but I never thought of giving them as gifts. lol I wish we had that many options at our store to!

  2. says

    I see the large display of Colgate toothbrushes every time I go to Walmart! I need to pick up one for Sawyer’s basket. I agree with you – it’s okay to splurge a little with the candy at holidays, but we don’t give it to Sawyer on a daily basis.

    BTW, Sawyer has those Sesame Street books that are in Zane’s basket. He loves them! :)

  3. says

    Now that is smart!!! Love the baskets! Even for Christmas in their stockings I put candy+a toothbrush! Thanks a bunch for sharing! I try to maintain a very good dental regimen with the boys. Especially because I have a calcium deficiency and late last year I had to have oral surgery to remove the rest of my teeth. It was a horrible experience and not to mention expensive. I remember Dentist trips with my mom as a child, and hearing the doctor say she’s going to lose her teeth before she’s 30! Man was he right. In order to avoid this with my kids I’m always on top of them to brush their teeth even the 3 y/o loves to brush!

  4. says

    Such a smart idea, I remember when I was younger, my mom always looked at ways to add useful items to the Easter basket. Would make me feel a bit better about all the candy to throw in a toothbrush – and the Dora one is adorable!

  5. says

    I do this every year too. Glad to see I’m not the only one that thinks toothbrushes are a necessary basket item.

  6. says

    Your Easter baskets came out wonderfully! I love that Colgate is focusing on dental health for Easter and fun toothbrushes featuring familiar and favorite characters definitely help make teeth-brushing time a lot more fun.

  7. says

    My kids love to brush their teeth, and love those spinbrushes!
    We don’t put much candy in the baskets. I prefer to put in other, non-edible items!

  8. says

    Ooo! Good idea! I have a new toothbrush for Jude already, I will be adding it to the basket!! Thanks for the tips!

  9. says

    I did toothbrushes in Christmas stockings this year! It’s a great idea to put them in Easter baskets.

    Speaking of which, Pierce came up with an interesting (and random) question at the dinner table. Maybe you can help. He said, “When dentists get their teeth cleaned, do they go to other dentists?” I told him that if they have a cavity they probably do, but I didn’t know if they use their own hygeinists for cleaning or go elsewhere.

  10. says

    What a pretty little girl and such cute baskets. I agree with you about the candy and I also give toothbrushes as I buy new ones once a month and so it will be in the Easter Basket this month.