A Peek in our Week and some teeth tips

First off I would like to give a HUGE "THANK YOU" to everyone that left congratulatory words on our blog and Facebook page after the Marathon.  I can't believe I am a MARATHONER! I also have to thank all of you who left encouraging words during the brutal training.  Although I am excited that Marathon training is over, I am actually looking forward to running another one. But for now I really need to concentrate on recovery and find out what is going on with my knees.  I have another appointment with the orthopedist on Feb 11 ( which was set up by my general practitioner). I am a little hesitant to keep this appointment because I don't want to waste anyone's time with the same ol issues I've been seen for before. I went to this same doctor back in July 2014 and nothing has changed. It was a cortisone shot and that was it. I wonder what he will tell me again this time. I can't imagine that I will leave there with anything more than a few exercises and stretches ( which I have been doing anyway). Afterall, I'm pretty sure stretching and rest are the only things I can do for lateral tendonitis and ITBS.

Much resting has been going on since our return from Disney world. I had a dentist appointment that same week and I have an interesting story for you.  While I was at the dentist I had a small procedure done and I asked my dentist which toothpaste would be less damaging to use on my teeth.  He explained to me that every toothpaste needs an abrasive ingredient but there are two main types of toothpaste.

 Ones that use pumice: like Crest and Colgate
 Ones that use baking soda : like Arm & Hammer

He suggested that the ones that use baking soda are less damaging to enamel and that I should use those. Baking soda toothpastes are a bit softer and great for those who have veneers or composite on their teeth.

I was actually excited to hear his suggestion because I had just been sent a blogger gift box from Arm & Hammer that I have been wanting to try.  After hearing his reasons for using the baking soda toothpastes I asked him why anyone would want to use the pumice toothpastes like Crest or Colgate ( I have used those pastes plenty of times).   He said pumice based pastes are more abrasive and are great for people who smoke, drink coffee, or have very stained teeth.  None of those applied to me.   Baking soda is less abrasive but still helps with the whitening process. When I got my Arm & Hammer gift box I couldn't wait to dig in.  Since I had just got a new toothbrush at the dentist, I didn't need a new one right yet, but I couldn't resist breaking in to the new Truly Radiant Spinbrush. This is actually a manual brush with a self spinning head. No batteries needed!  Other Truly Radiant products by Arm & Hammer that I was sent to review were the Rejuvenating Whitening toothpaste and Truly Radiant Whitening Rinse. 

Since I am reviewing here I will be totally honest.  I loved the refreshing feeling of the toothpaste but let me tell you it was SO minty that my eyes were almost watering as it foamed up in my mouth!  The rinse was a little less "strong" which I actually liked. I've had rinses before that have had an overwhelming flavor to them. I think that is because this rinse does not have peroxide or alcohol in it like most rinses do.  I have to say that even an hour after using the paste and rinse my mouth still felt refreshing and clean. I use to be loyal to brands like Crest and Colgate ( I'd buy which ever was on sale that week) but I don't want to cause any damage to the surface of my teeth nor do I want to wear away my enamel so I am for sure only going to buy Arm and Hammer from now on. I am not saying this because I received these products for free, but I am saying this because of the information my dentist gave me.

Click HERE for coupons for any of the Arm and Hammer Truly Radiant products that I've mentioned.

As far as Lacey, she has been resting too. She was starting to get a cold and a sore throat before we even left for Disney. In fact she had made the comment to me "I hope people don't think I really talk like this" as we were meeting all our new blogging and running friends at the multiple meet ups.  She is still at home recovering ( and watching Sex and the City I'm sure).

What was the highlight of your week? 
Am I the only one who didn't know this tid bit about toothpastes?     -M

I was gifted these Arm and Hammer products free of charge from Smiley360 but all opinions are my own.


  1. Good luck at the doctor's appointment... I hope they can provide some more useful direction. I had never heard that about the tooth paste before! I might have to look for the baking powder tooth paste at the store.

  2. Hope you both are resting up. You deserve the rest! I also hope you get some insight from your doctor.

  3. I didn't know about pumice being in toothpaste - that seems kind of creepy to me! I hope you get some rest and can figure out how to get your knees feeling better!

  4. New toothpaste fact for me too.

  5. Didn't know about the toothpaste distinction either. Mine always rec the crest type. I will ask next time,

  6. Good luck with your appointment, and hopefully they give you well-needed information! Congrats on completion of your races at WDW Marathon weekend! So very cool!

  7. Keep the appointment! He probably will give you another shot and that is normal. They wear off and I have been told that getting one every 6 months or so is fine. And you felt better after the last one, right? So get another one so you feel better for Princess.

  8. I just kind of grab whatever toothpaste is cheaper, but I'll have to look into this. Thanks!

  9. I have used Crest my whole life but I am a big time coffee drinker. I do like the idea of using the baking soda toothpastes instead though. Thank you for the coupons. Cathy

  10. Some whitening foods trigger canker sores or irritate the mouth so it is a good idea to pay attention to diet

  11. I really enjoyed reading this this blog. My kids went to the dentist this past week for the first time, and it was the first time that I realized that their teeth aren't in the best condition. I'm going to have to try switching toothpastes to something that has baking soda in it. Hopefully that will be better for the enamel in their teeth. http://www.crestwooddental.ca


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