My family recently took part in the Listerine and Reach Oral Care Challenge, where we spent 2 weeks improving our brushing, rinsing and flossing habits. The holiday season was a good time to concentrate on taking care of our teeth because we were eating lots of sweet treats that could lead to cavities if we didn’t properly brush, rinse and floss every day.
We were sent a variety of LISTERINE® and REACH® products to help us with the challenge. Here are a few things my family learned from this challenge.
- My kids get excited about brushing their teeth when they have a new, fun Reach character toothbrush.
- There are several different LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® flavors for kids – it’s fun to try them all and find the one that they like to use best.
- The LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® Anticavity Fluoride Rinse is a great way for kids 6 and up to SEE the particles that brushing alone leaves behind. If particles showed up in the rinse, I made my son brush his teeth again. His brushing skills improved!
- Reach Total Care Floss is the most comfortable floss I have ever used. I don’t mind flossing my teeth anymore.
This challenge really helped everyone in our family take better care of our teeth. We were asked to brush, floss and rinse every day, twice a day for two weeks. Although I originally thought it was just “the kids” who needed to improve on their skills, I have realized I am taking better care of my own teeth these days. Each morning and evening, the kids and I brushed and rinsed together.
The LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® Anticavity Fluoride Rinse is wonderful. The kids love rinsing with it because it tastes good has special coloring agents that will cause any leftover particles to show up in the sink. It was a good way for me to “test” them on how well they brushed their teeth. If there were any tell-tale colored specks in the sink, we ALL knew who needed to brush their teeth again! The kids were really proud of themselves when they brushed their teeth and had no colored specks show up in the rinse.
Parents like me will want to know that this Listerine rinse provides 12-hour cavity protection AND strengthens teeth 99% better than brushing alone.
As for myself, I admit that before the oral care challenge, I did not floss and rinse regularly. In the spirit of this challenge, I decided to use the Reach Total Care Floss that was given to me. Wow! It is way better than whatever old-fashioned floss I have used in the past. This floss is stretchy, flexible and glides smoothly in between teeth and does not cause gum pain or bleeding. The patented Micro-Grooves technology removes more plaque. I’m now flossing my teeth regularly and helping my 8-year-old learn to floss his teeth. I really like using the Listerine Total Care Zero mouth rinse because there is no alcohol and there are 6 great benefits:
- Helps Prevent Cavities
- Restores Enamel
- Strengthens Teeth
- Kills Bad Breath Germs
- Cleans the Whole Mouth
- Freshens Breath
The Listerine and Reach Oral Care Challenge showed me that when I brush, rinse and floss in front of my children, they will do it, too. I think it is important for parents to set a good example for children so that they can develop healthy dental care habits that will last a lifetime. My family will continue to brush, rinse and floss together – at least for now while my children are young – it will lead to happier teeth and mouths for all of us. Thank you, Listerine, for providing us with your great products and oral care tips!