In an effort to start taking better care of ourselves, my family has been making some changes. One change being for the last 21 days we have been taking the Listerine 21-Day Challenge (you can check out the first part of our experience here).
Although I almost always brush twice a day, I have learned through this challenge that brushing alone leaves 75% of germs in the mouth. I’m not very excited to admit I have always had issues with cavities, especially as a child. My oldest is 14 and luckily up until now he hasn’t had any BUT we just had our routine cleanings and he has four! HELLO wake up call! It’s time to make the permanent change to ensure our oral health care gets better not worse!
We were lucky to have learned about the cavities right after we started the challenge. Any mom of a teen/preteen will tell you that it’s like pulling teeth (lol) to get them to do what you say, well after having four cavities filled T-Bone was definitely ready to embark on the healthier mouth journey!
One of my favorite things about this challenge is the wonderful array of tools we were given to ensure our success. With a few different floss options (traditional and access flossers) as well as several different mouth wash/rinse flavors (Arctic Mint, Fresh Citrus, Cool Mint) for both parents and kids (Bubblegum with their favorite characters!) the entire family is sure to find at least one they like. Mint flavors give me a headache so the Fresh Citrus is a fabulous solution for me ;).
I am very happy to report we have all been doing better to brush two times a day, as well as use floss and rinse. To be honest the healthier habits not only make us look and feel better but they have made us more conscious of our teeth and breath after every meal and snack!
Just like washing our hands before we eat, brushing our teeth after we eat has become routine. Personally, I have come to love the clean and refreshing feeling after I use floss and use rinse along with brushing, it makes for a more all around completely clean feeling. The new formula featured Everfresh Technology that is designed to last up to 3X longer vs. just brushing as well as the Cool Mint formula which is designed to kill germs, prevent plaque and control bad breath are both favorites in our home. We like to alternate them and use them together each day!
The fun characters (Barbie and Phineas and Ferb) make it fun for kids verses being a chore and the Reach Total Care Dental Floss is super thick and flexible, making it easy to remove plaque without shredding. Perfect when you are trying to use with smaller children!
This challenge, which you can sign up for on Facebook, has not only helped us to take better care of ourselves, but we have been learning more about Listerine and how they are working to improve the smiles and oral care of families across the US. Through this campaign, the Listerine brand has been making contributions to help Oral Health America’s Smiles Across with a goal of connecting up to 210,000 children with needed oral health services in 2013*.
We are excited to have our new routine and can’t wait to continue our oral health lifestyle, you can start your own 21-day experience with Listerine.
LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge Giveaway: You can start your families new journey to oral health for free with this wonderful giveaway! One lucky reader will receive LISTERINE® and REACH® product samples and a $100 Walmart gift card! ~WINNER~ Roberta H.
I received products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.