I previously discussed how we were going to take part in Listerine Oral Care Challenge. We participated in this challenge for three weeks as a family. We vowed to make our dental care routine more stringent. Since, I am a dentist, I thought I would be a great role model to the dental community as a whole, as well as my family to be involved in improving dental hygiene.
My husband and I vowed to continue with our usually oral health care routine of brushing twice a day, flossing, and using listerine twice a day. We did this before we started this challenge (he is a dentist as well) but getting our daughter to follow through with the routine was somewhat tricky. Since she was young, we always told her how important it is to brush her teeth. When her space between her molars closed, we began the flossing process. She is too young to use Listerine but we explain why we use it to her, so when she gets older, she will be excited to do this.
As usual though, getting a three year old to listen to you is hard. So we decided to make the challenge of brushing twice a day and flossing fun. She is too young to brush herself, so we made sure that we had all the necessities ready to go. We allowed her to pick her favorite toothbrush and pick a different one once a week. We then set up a timer for two minutes. We had her watch us in the mirror as we brushed her teeth. This helps with getting kids to brush because they like to see what you are doing. We set up a sticker chart so when she followed through with brushing/flossing, she got to pick a sticker on her sticker chart. The key is find a motivation for your kids. We set up a sticker chart so when she did good with brushing/flossing without arguments, she got to pick a sticker on her sticker chart. She got really excited to do this. At the end of the week, she received a very small prize for her accomplishments.
After three weeks of doing this challenge, she is no longer giving us any problems with brushing and flossing. She is willing to let us brush/floss her teeth and we don’t even have to use the sticker chart anymore.
Dental care is so important and it really starts early! Parents need to take an active role in their kids health care. You are the role models for them, so make sure you have a good dental care routine. If you lack in that department, they will begin to mimic you.
Listerine has some great tips for getting all your oral hygiene tips fulfilled. I happen to love Listerine both as a parent and as a dental provider. Make sure you are implementing your brushing/flossing cycle everyday by using Listerine. Come make a 2012 resolution to start to make your teeth a #1 priority!
* I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Listerine and received a sample to facilitate my review and promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.