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We all know that brushing our teeth is important – after all, it’s usually drilled into us from a very early age. Thinking back to your youth, I know for me at least, brushing my teeth was a nightly chore that I rushed my way through, generally during an ad break on TV. All I wanted was to tick it off so that mum would be happy and I could go back to watching A Country Practice (hi to all the other 80s kids out there!), before being sent off to bed.

As I got older, I of course developed a better understanding of decay and needing to look after my teeth – but over time I’ve actually become much more aware and interested beyond just the health of my teeth. Rather, what’s actually important is whole mouth health, which includes your teeth, tongue, cheeks and gums.

This is a topic we have discussed on the SWIISH blog before – because we believe that your mouth is a gateway to holistic health. And having used Colgate for as long as I can remember, it’s great to see that they feel the same way too. Colgate have recently launched their new Colgate Total with breakthrough technology (25 years in development!), specifically to help us take care of our whole mouth health.

It makes Total (get it?!) sense though – your mouth is one of the first lines of defence in your body. Whatever you eat or drink has to pass through it – and if not cleaned properly, means bad breath, tooth decay and the potential for bacterial plaque build-up. The flow on effect? Overall wellbeing can be compromised, and I definitely don’t want that for my family, or for me.

So as I have begun to teach my own daughter Annabelle the importance of looking after her teeth, tongue, cheeks and gums, I have made this part of her day a fun ritual. Ever since she turned 6 and started brushing with Colgate Total, she looks forward to it – we sing songs as we brush and Annabelle is learning that it’s never too early to look after yourself and your smile.

For more information on the new Colgate Total, head to https://www.colgate.com.au/products/total.

#Sponsored by Colgate, however all thoughts and opinions are our own.