I am so excited to announce that my family is taking the Listerine Oral Care Challenge. Over the next three weeks we will be brushing, flossing and rinsing with Listerine twice daily. I know what you might be thinking – don’t you always brush twice a day? I am embarrassed to admit that no, we don’t.
Before you start gagging, let me explain a bit about our history and dental health. These aren’t excuses, but rather, explanations of why things are the way they are.
Let’s start with my husband, Tom. Tom was raised quite a bit differently than many people of his generation. Although his parents were married, his mother did most of the parenting. Tom’s mother was a great woman, but she was also a hippie and a free spirit – hygiene wasn’t something she taught much of. Needless to say, when I met my husband his teeth weren’t in great shape and it has taken me YEARS to get him in the habit of brushing regularly. Unfortunately, since he had such bad habits for so long, his teeth are falling apart. We have spend thousands of dollars on his teeth and they still need a lot of work.
I was raised quite a bit differently. My mother was a single parent and was very adamant about oral hygiene. I visited the dentist every six months for a cleaning and didn’t have a single cavity until after I was out of high school. I had braces when I was in high school and as a result my teeth were almost perfect. That is, until I had my first son in 2002. During my pregnancy I couldn’t stomach the taste of toothpaste so I was forced to brush with baking soda. Baking soda helps get your teeth clean but does not help to prevent cavities or gum disease. From there my teeth have gone downhill fast and right now I have 11 cavities and am missing four teeth. I brush at least once a day and try to floss a few times a week. Sometimes I use Listerine and sometimes I don’t, depending on how much time I have. Note: This is very embarrassing for me to admit here.
My two boys (Ethan is 9 and Trent is 7) have both been taught to brush their teeth from a young age. I have to admit that I haven’t been as vigilant as I should have been about teaching them to brush twice daily.
Ethan has a very short gag reflex and is just now starting to brush without throwing a major fit and/or vomiting when he does brush. He doesn’t mind using Listerine but hates the burn from the traditional formula. I am so happy Listerine has alcohol-free kid’s mouthwash now!
Trent has always enjoyed brushing his teeth and the only trouble I’ve ever had from him is that he likes to swallow some of the toothpaste. He also enjoys using Listerine kid’s mouthwash. Although I have flossed my boy’s teeth for them, I am just now teaching them how to do it for themselves. Both of my sons have been to the dentist and I am ashamed to admit that they both have had a cavity.
Now that you know a bit about our history and oral care habits, I hope you’ll understand why taking the Listerine Oral Care Challenge was so important to our family. We started the challenge on Tuesday and my boys have already really gotten into it! Our hope is that by participating in the challenge my family will get more into the habit of brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash twice daily.
Be sure to come back in a few weeks to see the results of our Listerine Oral Care Challenge!
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Listerine and received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.