If you’ve never been pregnant, you probably don’t know, but there are a lot of oral ailments because of pregnancy and childbirth. I was fortunate that my teeth didn’t take a hit while pregnant (but I did end up with on filling per kid after they were born). I also had very sensitive gums which means I didn’t floss as much as I should have because it hurt. I realize this is counter-intuitive because regular flossing would have helped. I also think I didn’t floss or brush as long as I should because, gag, my hands in my mouth made me a little retchy!
So, I’m excited to embark on a 21-day challenge with LISTERINE® and my family. Currently, I use a tongue scrapper, brush my teeth and then do a mouthwash. Admittedly, I still don’t floss daily, let alone twice a day! So, I’m a little nervous that I won’t keep up with brushing, flossing and swishing with LISTERINE® Antiseptic twice a day for 21 days.
Along with me, the girls are going to have to do it, too. Right now, it’s totally a battle to get them to brush twice a day. And because of some spots that aren’t looking good in the oldest’s mouth, she needs to be using an anti-cavity mouthwash as directed by our dentist. They’ve already gotten into their swishing with LISTERINE® SmartRinse and really like it, so we are definitely off to a great start.
Flossing is something we need to be better at as well. I prefer traditional floss, but the kiddos like the little devices that hold a piece of floss and help them get between their teeth. Whatever works! And if I get to go pick all of these things up at Target, it’s an even better win!
One of my next swishes, I will make sure to post to the LISTERINE® Brand’s Facebook page. For every person who posts a “Swish Selfie” to LISTERINE® Brand’s Facebook page, LISTERINE® Brand will make a $5.00 contribution to Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America® program, up to $85,000, toward their goal of connecting 210,000 children with needed oral health services in 2014.
I’m excited to see how this works out for the 4 of us. We can get E to floss occasionally, but I think I’ll give the 2 year old a pass on this one!
What do you do to keep your mouth clean and healthy?
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.