It has been three weeks since we started the Listerine Sweet Smart challenge and I have to say, it's been a success!
First, the girls were great at incorporating the Listerine Smart Rinse into their dental routine.
Second, because they were so good, they earned themselves new tooth brushes.
Third, even I got better at maintaining the new routine!
Why it's important to rinse
As a parent whose children have already had cavities, and now have orthodonitc devices in their mouth, I know the importance of keeping teeth clean. The expanders they have in their mouths are helping to create room for their adult teeth, but they are also a hotbed of food and junk that I just know will make it difficult to avoid cavities. Rinsing with Listerine means the rinse reaches where brushing and flossing can't. It also washes away the food particles they ARE able to brush and floss off their teeth.
We learned a few things about rinsing during this challenge...
60 seconds is a LONG time. To battle the urge to spit until the 60 second mark we hummed songs as we swished. Just don't look at each other while humming and swishing or you are sure to spit it all out during a giggle.
Track your progress as encouragement or if you want to offer a reward. We were given this handy white board calendar to use. Instead of tracking an entire month, we used it to mark down a week's worth of rinsing for every member of our family.
We like variety. To improve the likelyhood that you and your kids will maintain a routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing, load up on different flavors of toothpaste, Listerine rinse, flossing thread, and different types of toothbrushes. It's fun to experiment with different flavors and makes it a little more interesting.
Check out www.listerinekids.com for more ideas and a coupon off Listerine Smart Rinse.
Disclosure: I received free samples and compensation in exchange for participating in the challenge but all opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published.