dental care habits
Disclosure: I received a Target gift card to purchase LISTERINE® Brand 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.

Remember the Listerine 21-Day Challenge I told you about a few weeks back? Well, we are nearing the end of that challenge and things have gone well. After all, they say it takes 21 days to establish a habit, and I think we have done it. Even the kids are much better with their brushing routine.

dental care habits

Good Dental Care Habits

Just like other habits, children learn from our example. If they see us practicing good dental care habits they are more likely to follow suit. We found that during the 21-day challenge, the kids actually kept us on track. They would remind us during their daily routines that we needed to do the same.

Listerine whitening toothpaste

A few tips we used with them also helped them further develop their dental care habits:

  1. Let the kids pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste (with your approval), as well as mouthwash, such as LISTERINE® SMART RINSE®. Choose a flavor of toothpaste you and the kids can agree on. It gives them a sense of ownership in their choices.
  2. Brush your teeth together. As I mentioned, setting an example goes a long way. When the girls would remind us, we would hop in the bathroom and join them. They could see that we were making the same effort and knew it was important enough to do so.
  3. Teach proper brushing. Remind the children the importance to clean all of their teeth and each surface of every one. Help those that are younger to learn how to reach the back teeth and position the toothbrush to cover all areas of the teeth. And, of course, do not forget the tongue.
  4. Set a timer. We have a song that we play while we brush so that we know we have brushed the proper amount of time. You may also use a timer or other method to track the passing time. A good 2 to 3 minutes of brushing is best.
  5. Rinse and repeat… twice a day. Literally that means to repeat the process at least twice a day. In the morning and just before bed are probably best. If the kids have sugary treats or candy during the day, it is also wise to have them brush their teeth right after (especially if it is sticky candy).
  6. Get regular dental check-ups. This is probably more on you than the kids. So, set yourself a reminder and get them to the dentist at least twice a year.

Overall we enjoyed the challenge as a family. It was one more way we decided to make a change for our health this year. Healthy teeth and gums means a healthier you. Fortunately, the kids really enjoyed the Listerine Smart Rinse and having their own products made it fun for them.

Smart rinse for kids

Colby and I both liked the taste of the LISTERINE® WHITENING® Original Gel Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste and I am perhaps even more obsessed with flossing with the REACH® Floss. It is so minty and perfectly slides between the teeth as it should. Sometimes it is just the little things like the perfect floss.

So… I have to ask you again…

Will you take Listerine’s 21 Day Challenge?

Join the 21 day challenge! By taking the challenge, you can even help children in need. How? By posting a “Swish Selfie.”

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For every person who posts a selfie to LISTERINE® Brand’s Facebook page, LISTERINE® Brand will make a $5 contribution, up to $85,000, to Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America® program. They are working toward the goal of connecting 210,000 children with much needed oral health services this year.