As a parent, I thought I was doing everything right when it came to my kids oral care routine. We brush twice daily, that’s enough for kids, right? WRONG! I didn’t know that 75% of germs are missed by brushing alone. YIKES! I knew that adults needed to floss their teeth but didn’t know if and when kids should. And mouth wash? I always thought that was just a bonus and not necessary for kids.
Thankfully for my kids teeth, I have been invited to participate in the Listerine Oral Care Challenge. Listerine® and Reach® have created this challenge for parents and kids ages 6 and up. For this challenge, they ask parents to not only tell kids what to do but model it.
Honestly, I don’t know how many times my kids have seen me brush my teeth, isn’t that weird? Our schedules are not the same and we have separate bathrooms, for all I know, they don’t even think I brush my teeth! With most things in life, kids learn from seeing their parents do things, not just by verbal instruction. Why should oral care be any different?
So, starting tonight, my kids, husband, and I will start this challenge 2 week challenge. My husband and I will brush, floss, and rinse twice a day for two weeks together with our kids. This is just the right amount of time to establish a habit. Hopefully at the end of this challenge, we will have established a life long foundation to good oral care for my kids and even for us parents.
As part of the “Oral Care Challenge,” we received a special oral care kit with an assortment of products for both kids and adults. If you choose to participate in the Oral Care Challenge, I encourage you to also buy an assortment of products to start off fresh and new with Listerine and Reach products. Having a new toothbrush with fun characters might be all it takes for kids. Having mouthwash with Barbie or Phineas and Ferb on the label doesn’t hurt either! 🙂
I expect this challenge to not only improve the overall health of our teeth and mouths and provide us with better smelling breath, but also develop life-long habits. For me, I just need to get into a routine when I try something new like exercising, drinking more milk, taking vitamins, etc. Hopefully, it will be the same for my kids too. I also expect the benefits to rub off on my husband and I too since neither of us flossing and rinses twice daily. Honestly, I didn’t know I should. Why haven’t we been properly educated on the need and benefits of flossing twice daily? And rinsing? Hmmm…
I’ll let you know how the challenge goes!
For more information on Listerine products, visit the Listerine website.
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.