This dentist is going to highly recommend the Listerine Oral Care Challenge!

So must of you know if you read my blog, I try to leave my dental job out of my blog. My blog is an outlet for my other main job, being a mommy. However, when I come across information that might help my readers with their kids dental care, I am going to relay it to you. Today, I want to discuss the Listerine Oral Care Challenge.

My family and I are going to be doing this challenge the next three weeks.  Over the next three weeks we are going to document our regime of brushing, flossing, and rinsing with Listerine mouth wash twice a day. You might ask why, might a dentist, be partaking in this. The reason is, even I, have a hard time getting my daughter to brush. Every morning and night, I sit there with her to brush her teeth. Every night is the same argument, “I don’t want to do it”. I have resorted to letting her pick her own character Reach toothbrush and then we set a timer for the 2 minutes that I will be brushing her teeth. She has recently has gotten slightly better because we got her the Barbie toothbrush. You know nothing can beat Barbie to a three year old. It is still a struggle though so I think doing this Oral Care health challenge will be beneficial to our family.

Recently, her spaces between her teeth have started to close, so we are also starting to implement flossing which is key for even the youngest ones that don’t have open spacing between their teeth anymore. Even if you are doing a great job brushing, food can still get stuck between the teeth and will be unable to be reached except by using the handy floss that you can purchase. I like the Reach dental floss but any floss will really do to cover the hard to reach interproximal spaces.

For those children 6 and older as well as adults , Listerine is an important tool to use after brushing for the extra protection against ones teeth. An anti cavity fluoride rinse will protect your teeth against cavities and helps strengthens the teeth. Lab studies show that using an fluoridated rinse such as Listerine in combination with brushing will help strengthen teeth 99 percent better than brushing alone.

I am not going to rant about the known benefits of an all inclusive regimen of brushing, flossing, and using a rinse. However, let me state this basic fact: nearly 75 percent of American adults suffer from various forms of gum disease and don’t know why. While brushing and flossing is extremely important, your oral health regime should not be complete without an antiseptic mouthwash such as Listerine. Listerine will kill plaque and gingivitis germs that brushing and flossing may leave behind.

So, over the next three weeks we are going to be documenting our oral health care regimen and taking part in this wonderful oral care challenge. We have lined up sticker charts for the days that Hayley is cooperative about doing her regime.  It is important for us to install the same good dental care measures in our children as we do very well for ourselves and our patients. It is very important when you do this challenge that you are right there beside their side making sure they are brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Telling them to do it, is not enough! Show them and do it together as a family. Be a role model for your children.  My husband and I will also participate, however, I can assure you our routine is pretty complete- how can it not be, we are both dentists!! I will be back in 3 weeks to tell you our results. 

Want to know more about Listerine and the wonderful challenge? Simply click here: Come join me on this challenge for your family to have excellent oral hygiene. Your dentist will thank you!

* I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Listerine and received product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. 


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  1. Jenn [ Crippled Girl ] says

    I'm so bad with doing the whole routine. I usually brush my teeth and am out the door. It's always a good reminder of how important the whole process is!

  2. Callista says

    Your daughter will be using listerine too or did I misunderstand that? I can't stand the taste of mouth wash and I can't see my child using it but I do like the extra protection it provides.

  3. LOVE MELISSA:) says

    Callista- no Listerine is for 6 years and older. My husband and I will be using it but she will not be. She will just be flossing and brushing with us by her side. We will be using all three. As far as taste, they make many different flavors. I am sure you can find one you like:)

  4. Anu says

    my daughter just might start using the mouthwash coz it has Barbie on it :)
    Visiting from busy bloggers.

  5. Karen says

    We use a different brand mouthwash that does not contain alcohol. I understand the need for brushing and flossing, but I do not understand why alcohol needs to be in a mouthwash.

  6. royalegacy says

    This reminds me that I need to go out and get another bottle of Listerine before the one I have runs out. Thanks so much for their great review.

  7. Myrah - Coupon Mamacita says

    My daughter is all grown now but refuses to stop using the Listerine bottles with the characters! She will be 15!

  8. Shawna says

    Great post, I am making sure my daughter takes extra good care of her teeth because I have dentures (top & bottom) and have had them since I was 25!!

  9. Sara says

    Brushing is so important and I definitely need to work on my brushing regime … it is far from perfect!

  10. Modern Day Disciple says

    ThaNKS FOR SHARING, CHECKING IT OUT! i AM A FAN OF ORAL HYGEINE and lISTERINE… However, I could use a little boot camp in this area for the fam an me!

  11. giveawaybandit says

    This is a great idea! My son is 6 and has finally gotten to where he wants to brush without me asking. I got him a battery operated character brush and it seems to make it more fun for him :)

  12. RuralMom says

    I'm constantly struggling to get my boys to brush well and have good dental hygeine- I like the challenge aspect, it could be a fun way to motivate them more.

  13. Passport To Frugal says

    I truly think most family struggle with brushing etc. I can remember the struggle with my children too well.
    Thank you!

  14. Dee @ Cocktails with Mom says

    We will be taking part in this challenge as well. My kids are really excited as well.

  15. Danielle @ "We Have It All" says

    Ugh, flossing is so so hard for me… such a chore. My kids are bad at brushing too – I can get them to brush in the morning, but any other time of day is like pulling teeth (pardon the pun)haha.

    Good luck with your challenge!

  16. Tamra Augostino says

    I brush and floss (sometimes I'm a flossaholic). I have a bottle of listerine in the shower so I can rinse before turning the water off and stepping out.

  17. Kristin says

    What is the best toothpaste for a 16 mo old? Luckily he loves brushing his teeth and having them brushed! Is there anything else we should be doing?

  18. Maria says

    Awesome information, Melissa!! Your children are going to have such bright white smiles!!
    Wishing you lots of luck with the challenge!!
    I hope you had a sweet weekend and got to take it easy!
    Thinking of you!!

  19. Nykki says

    I need you to come kick my butt.. err, mouth into shape! I hate Listerine :\ I might need to do this challenge too!

  20. Summer Davis says

    I always have the best intentions of using Listerine but then I buy it and it sits under my sink for eons and goes without being used. I do love flossing, though! My 10 year old uses a rinse every day and he doesn't have a single cavity in his mouth!

  21. Beeb says

    Thanks for sharing! I come from a family of dentists too, so you can bet that my childhood dental routine was very thorough! LOL!

  22. Sara says

    I really need to do this challenge. We are pretty good about it, but I had no idea you had could start flossing at 3. That is good to know!

  23. Naked Mommy says

    Thanks for this reminder! I floss daily and brush at least twice a day but rarely take the extra time to use mouthwash. Didn't realize it made such a difference! Will resume rinsing asap!

  24. Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! says

    Thanks for sharing! My kids are so good about caring for their teeth, even by rinsing morning and night. I, however, tend to skip the rinse. Thanks for reminding me that I shouldn't do that!