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.
So, a couple of weeks ago I told you about my son’s horrible dental experience, and about how costly and stressful it was. Never again! I’ve been scared into action, ha ha! I got much more serious about my family’s dental health, and decided I needed to try new ideas and tools for making the teeth brushing (and flossing) more successful in our home.
At the same time, I was invited to review some products from LISTERINE. Oh my goodness, the timing was perfect! Heaven sent, in my opinion. The kids were excited to see a package of samples in the mail, and I tried to capitalize on that and keep them excited and motivated to work on their oral care routines.
I figured since I’m being honest about our dental woes, I should be a good girl and follow up – let you know how things are going:
The LISTERINE ULTRACLEAN ACCESS FLOSSER definitely makes flossing easier for my boy. He’s still not always excited to floss, but since I’m forcing the issue, he’s doing it. He can get the back teeth much better now. He still prefers to use regular-style floss for the front bottom teeth. I had tried mini flossers in the past, but this LISTERINE FLOSSER has a much longer handle, so it helps him reach better.
I have tried the GENTLE GUM CARE FLOSS. It’s not at all what I expected! The floss is actually made out of thread or something, so it has a “cloth” feel to it. I was initially concerned that it would be harder to fit into my tight teeth ( I never had braces, okay?), because it seems so thick. It didn’t really prove to be a problem. My sensitive gums seem okay with it. I’m still bleeding, but not in as many spots, so I’m hoping it’s due to this floss.
Munchkin and I have both been using the POCKETPAKS BREATH STRIP, and holy cow! That is some powerful stuff. We were excited when we learned that these strips not only freshen your breath, they also kill 99% of the germs that cause bad breath. I believe it, man! They are SO strong, and we get a kick out of watching each other after we take one: our eyes water, and we always make some sort of vocal sound (oooo-eee! or something similar). I actually took one this morning in the car, and my son in the back seat could tell. He wanted to know where the mint was. Seriously, powerful stuff right here.
I got a medicine measure cup (you know those 2 Tbsp size cups) and wrote each of my kids’ initials on one. They now have their own mini cups they can use to pour the mouthwash. Buddy Boy, as expected, won’t even try the mint flavored one, but LISTERINE has another flavor option, thank goodness! He’s loving the Bubble Gum flavor, and is willing to take it daily.
Some things we’ve got to keep working on:
Buddy Boy doesn’t swish the mouthwash for nearly long enough. I’ve told him he can sing his ABCs or count to 20 in his head while it’s in his mouth, and we’ll see if it helps. So far so good.
I’m finding that Munchkin wants to delay brushing her teeth before school, and then just use the POCKETPAKS BREATH STRIPS. She feels that since it kills germs, why not? Uh, nope. I’ve gotta stay on top of that one.
I’ve got to start using the mouthwash consistently. I’m SO BAD about it! Bad mom, bad.
Overall, I feel like we’re making progress, and I’m definitely grateful to have the new stuff to help. Sometimes with my kids, using “bells and whistles” really makes a difference. In this case, it’s definitely paying off, and if it’ll save me $500 worth of dental work in 6 months, it will be more than worth it!
I’ve been following the LISTERINE YouTube page for the last couple of weeks as well, and it’s got me wanting to do a better job all around regarding my children’s health. With the health problems I was experiencing over the summer, and seeing the turn around that I’m seeing, I’ve felt more strongly than ever that I HAVE to put healthy habits at the top of the priority list. My kids are probably not thrilled, but I’ve been serving more vegetables at every meal. Do they happily eat them all? No. But I’m exposing them, and I do make them at least sample the food. I find that having a veggie option I know they’ll eat, along with an additional option, works best for me. I’ll have to share in another post all of the things I’ve started doing, and you can decide which options may work for you, if you are interested in doing so. I want to be a Healthy Hero!