Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Listerine Healthy Habits for a Lifetime

Valentine's Day in the Trenches was a day of irony.  First thing that morning, I took both Eldest and Middle (and myself) for our first appointments with our new dental practice.  (Remember our bad dental experience?)  The hygienist, who was wonderful, explained that Eldest will need orthodontia eventually for cosmetic purposes (which was a nice way of stating the obvious - that he has buck teeth).

And then it was Middle's turn.  Whose mouth, apparently, is all messed up.  Seems he needs to have ANOTHER tooth pulled.  AND is a prime candidate for "interceptive orthodontia".  Which, when I hear those words, all I hear is $$$cha-ching  cha-ching$$$.

So we are scheduled to see an orthodontist first, in March.  Who will then possibly recommend some more things he needs done with an oral surgeon. 

And then it was my turn.  Don't you hate it when the hygienist asks you if you floss regularly?  Because, for me, I would be lying if I said yes.

Anyway, the hygienist stressed to alllll 3 of us the importance of brushing, flossing and mouthwashing.  Which, I admit, we have never really focused on at home.  Gulp.

That afternoon, the boyz came home from school with all their Valentine's Day loot.  Since when did Valentine's Day become Halloween II, by the way?  Holy candy!

 AND THEN, a big box came in the mail!  The boyz were so excited to see what had arrived:

Seriously!  Dentist appointments, Valentine's candy and my Listerine Healthy Habits for a Lifetime Oral Care Challenge package...all on the same day!  Coincidence?  I think not!

--Did you know that brushing alone misses 75% of your mouth?  (I had no idea either!)

--You guys, there can be more germs in our mouths than there are PEOPLE ON EARTH!

--According to the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, over 50% of children between the ages of 5 and 9 have a cavity or filling (yup, all 3 of mine do...)

So my entire family is participating in the Listerine Healthy Habits for a Lifetime Oral Care Challenge.  This is what the boyz' new setup looks like:

The most important change for us, in starting this challenge, has been the timer.  The boyz now brush, with the timer, for 2 full minutes, twice a day.  They also are eagerly using the Listerine Smart Rinse and are flossing on their own!  (For some reason, my boyz like regular floss, not the floss sticks.  Granted, I find long strings of the stuff all over the place, but hey, if they're using it...)

We many a times have reprimanded Eldest about his yellow teeth and his terrible brushing habits:

Me: "Did you brush?"
Eldest:  (shrug)(mutter)  "Yeah.  Why?"
Me:  "Because your teeth are still yellow!  They look like sandy butter!  Go brush AGAIN!"

We are in the honeymoon stage of this challenge, I admit.  Mouthwash, floss and the timer are all still novelties at this point.  But I'm loving that the boyz are eager with this new routine and are proud to be doing it all on their own. With less sandy butter teeth!

And if their sink constantly looks like this?  I guess it's a small price to pay for good oral hygiene, right?

Disclosure:  I received products and compensation from Johnson & Johnson and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the Oral Care Challenge.  All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own, as always.


Dorothy said...

You should read the book 'Kiss your Dentist Good-bye' by Dr. Ellie Phillips. My mouth has never felt so good since following her program.

FourJedis said...

Oh the dentist... such a touchy subject in our mouth... my boys have my husband's cavity-filled teeth that need a lot of orthodontic work (rather than my cavity-free mouth which required one year of braces)... My one good gene... and they didn't get it. My kids are great at brushing their teeth, but we are all slack in the other areas. I definitely should get them mouthwash - do your kids use any non-minty mouthwash? My older son hates mint. We use that same Spongebob toothpaste.

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