I have a new friend. I let him draw $300 out of my bank account every month.
In return, he peeks into the girls' mouths about every 12 weeks to tell me to keep doing what I'm doing.
He is their orthodontist.
Now, I'm not trying to knock what he does because he did give each of them 2 very expensive devices that they wear in their mouth and it's going to expand their palates so their adult teeth have even the smallest chance of coming in straight.
These palate expanders sit on the inside of their teeth and they also create a hot bed of activity for plaque and other teeth nastiness.
We have a new plan.
We are taking a Listerine #SweetSmart challenge this month and it's just in time because Halloween is right around the corner. For the month of October We visited http://www.listerinekids.com/ for some ideas and we recently received a #SweetSmart package to help us...
1. Make brushing FUN
Check out these awesome tooth brushes!
2. Make flossing easier
I have enough trouble flossing my own teeth. I needed a way for the girls to easily floss themselves. The package had this nifty flosser from Reach. I found Reach Access Flosser Refill Pack on Amazon which is awesome.
3. Rinse with anti-cavity mouthwash
This, I feel, is especially important for my girls. They can be the best brushers and flossers but it won't matter a bit when that expander is sitting right on top of all the gunk they just got out. A good swish, rinse and spit with an anti-cavity mouthwash like Smart Rinse means the gunk will go down the drain. Also, if you purchase a specially marked Smart Rinse at Walmart you can download a free song to swish to!
4. Brush + Floss + Rinse = Reward
The Listerine package included a little white board and 2 different colored pens (one for each) so they can mark off each day they brush, floss, AND now rinse! If they do it every day for a week, they will earn a fun prize like one of those cool toothbrushes.
Let's see how we do but I know if they stick with it, the candy they get this Halloween won't be sticking to their teeth! I learned recently that dental disease is nothing to laugh about. 44 percent of American kids will have dental disease before they reach kindergarten. Dental disease and pain can lead to bigger problems including trouble focusing on school work, or sleeping. Listerine is partnering with America's Tooth Fairy for the month of October to help fight dental disease in kids. You can help!
Take the #SweetSmart challenge with us, check out ListerineKids for cool toothbrushes, and for more info on their line of Smart Rinse, and visit America's Tooth Fairy to see how you can help needy kids fight dental disease.
Then let me know how you did!
Disclosure: I received compensation and a product package in exchange for taking the Listerine SweetSmart challenge and sharing my experience.