I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. All opinions are mine alone.
Now that school has started back again, our family is working into getting back into our routine – cleaning, eating, playing with friends, hygiene, etc. I’m so ashamed to admit this, but we feel out of our routine over the summer. We fell HARD.
It’s summer, man! Who needs routine? Right? Ha ha, wrong.
LISTERINE is helping my family get back into our oral care routines this fall. Kinda important, you know. I wish we’d kept our routines all during the warm/hot weather season, so it wouldn’t be so stressful getting back into them now. After our $502 dental fiasco for Buddy Boy, I’ve been watching our oral habits more closely, and I’m seeing a lot of things I don’t like:
My son, when brushing his teeth, hardly gets his teeth at all. He swishes the toothbrush around in his mouth, sucks up the toothpaste, and calls it good.
Neither of my kids brush for as long as they should.
NONE of us floss as well as we should. This is usually due to us scrambling to run out the door to get to school in time, and flossing gets a whole 30 seconds of attention before we’re outta there.
My son has a really hard time figuring out the whole flossing thing. It takes more hand coordination than he seems to have. Because of this, I’d like to start having him do a mouthwash rinse in addition to his routine, but he hates the taste and smell of anything that is even close to minty.
We now have a plan to try and fix some of these issues. I searched and found a bubble gum flavor mouthwash for Buddy Boy. I’m also planning to brush my teeth at the same time my kids do so that I can observe them more closely. Next, I gotta figure out a way to make flossing easier. Thank goodness there are so many different options! Here’s the main gist of my plan:
– LISTERINE has a ton of different mouthwashes, depending on your needs/wants, and we’ve got a BUBBLE GUM flavor for kids, along with a HEALTHY WHITE CLEAN MINT wash. We tried the Bubble Gum flavor for Buddy Boy, and Hallelujah!! The kid likes it! Munchkin has no problems with mint and will be using the adult mouthwash, which is peroxide free.
– See that LISTERINE ULTRACLEAN ACCESS FLOSSER he’s holding? I’m hoping that it’ll make flossing easier for him. With it’s long, ergonomic handle, it should make getting those harder to reach spots, well, less hard to reach. The “yarn” on it is also designed to be extra strong, so it should hold up pretty well!
– I’m personally looking forward to trying the GENTLE GUM CARE FLOSS. I’m a gum bleeder. I hate flossing for that reason, but I still do it in the hopes that one day I won’t bleed as much. This floss is specifically designed with a “cushion” for sensitive gums. How cool is that?
– Munchkin is excited to use the POCKETPAKS BREATH STRIP. Silly girl. Not that I blame her. I often worry about my breath in between brushing. She kinda wants to focus there, and I’m okay with that, especially after learning that these strips actually kill 99% of the germs that cause bad breath. I had assumed it would simply mask the smell, but nope! It’s doing much more.
That’s the bulk of our plan. I love that I can find all these products locally AND online. It makes things incredibly convenient. Now, the last thing we need…MOTIVATION. Right? I’ve got mine RIGHT HERE at the Listerine US Youtube Page feauturing America’s Healthiest Heroes. One day I’ll be featured. (ha ha, probably not, but that doesn’t mean I can’t try!!)
Motivation for the kids? Hmm…still working on that.