I took my girls to the dentist last week. Outside of a tooth pulling that almost made me pass out (Lily’s not mine), it went really well. Apparently despite my lax parenting, my kids teeth look really good. It is not that I don’t think dental hygiene is important. I do. It is just that mornings are absolutely crazy around here trying to get out the door without killing the little people. So sometimes we forget to brush. Let’s just add this to my long list of poor parenting behaviors. Dang that list is getting long.
Clearly I love Listerine. I have blogged about it before. But frankly I am betting my entire dental future on it, so I hope it works as well as I think it does. It is an adequate replacement for brushing 3 times a day and flossing right? Right? Actually apparently Listerine is supposed to be combined WITH brushing and flossing. Well dentures are a good look right? RIGHT?
In all honesty, I don’t want my kids getting cavities. And 50% of kids will have one between 5 and 9. Yikes. Thankfully we have eliminated a lot of sugar around here, we go to the dentist yearly, and at the current moment my kids are really into flossing. We are rolling with it. But, what they really get excited about is Listerine Agent Cool Blue. I got some when it first came out on one of my drugstore deals and it really helped me see how my kids were doing brushing.
I will never forget being in elementary school and doing some sort of dental unit where we had to brush and then chew some sort of nasty tasting pink tablet. Then our teeth would turn pink where we missed brushing. That is essentially what Agent Cool Blue does except your kids swish it before they brush and then try and brush the blue away. For older kids over 6, Listerine Smart Rinse offers extra protection. And since it appears braces are in their future (as well as me working 3 jobs to pay for them), Smart Rinse is great for helping getting all those spots that are difficult to reach under all that metal.
Listerine and Reach are partnering to encourage people to improve their dental hygiene as a family by challenging them to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash twice a day for three weeks. And I took the challenge, well because frankly, I need to. We are getting lazy around here and I fear the consequences. So starting this week, we are stepping it up. Won’t you hold me accountable? While we’re are it, I am pretty sure my dental health could be improved my not eating every piece of Halloween candy in sight. My waistline as well.
Also, you should know that the makers of Listerine and Reach have teamed up with America’s Toothfairy to launch “Trick or Treat for America’s Toothfairy,” a campaign to raise awareness of pediatric dental disease and help provide life changing care to underserved children. I had never heard of the organization before this blog tour, but it is a great organization benefiting children who really need it.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of LISTERINE and REACH and received products to take the Oral Care Challenge. Mom Central also sent me a Global Giving gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
What is it you are loving this week? Besides the opportunity to indulge in Halloween candy all day every day. Make it go away. Please. Anywho, write a post about something you love, make sure to link back to this post, then use Mr. Linky below to link up to your post. Finally, make the rounds to the other participants and comment, stumble and tweet the ones you love. All the Things I Love Thursday details are here.