Listerine Oral Care Challenge

February 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Featured, Product Reviews

We all know that the dental chair isn’t always that much fun, so I like to spend as little time there as possible.  I am petrified of the dentist, in fact I even took an 18 year hiatus from the dental chair as a result of a negative experience.  After I worked up the nerve to go, I had to spend the better half of last year getting a few cavities filled and even the dreaded root canal and was also informed that I have periodontal disease.   Since then, I have vowed to make sure I don’t transfer my fears to my boys, about getting regular dental check ups and attempt to make sure they have a really good oral care regimen.

It sounded easy enough to me, but I have two five year olds that often resist getting their teeth brushed.  It started off innocent enough, then it was a scene akin to bull wrestling.  They decided that the toothbrush made them cough, the toothpaste (kids toothpaste) was too spicy, or the they just plain didn’t like it.  I quickly realized that I would have to get creative about getting them happy about brushing regularly.

Then, the perfect opportunity came about.  The Motherhood has teamed up with LISTERINE® and REACH® for an exciting new project called– the LISTERINE® and REACH® Healthy Habits for a Lifetime Oral Care Challenge designed to  encourage families to adopt a healthy oral care regimen that will help lead to a healthier lifestyle.  They invited me and my family to take the challenge by taking a few extra minutes a day for a complete oral care routine including brushing, flossing and rinsing.  To complete the challenge, me and my family must do these steps twice daily for three weeks.

I know now, however, that I am not alone.   Did you know, that nearly 75 percent of American adults suffer from various forms of periodontal (gum) disease* and don’t know it.  Despite the fact that I was brushing my teeth, I would  have never even known that I had periodontal disease.   Also after attending a webinar, I discovered that brushing your teeth alone misses the germs in 75 percent of your mouth!  I rarely even used mouthwashes, because I figured brushing would take care of it.

So I am on a new mission, to get our mouths in the best possible shape, by taking the Listerine Health Care Challenge and hopefully maintain a routine we all can live with, far beyond the three weeks and make it a lifetime habit with me and my kids.  We will be brushing flossing and rinsing, and making it a fun and healthy experience.  For the kids, we are keeping track on our Oral Care Challenge chart, and at the end they will be rewarded for keeping up the good work!  I am really excited to be a part of the Listerine Oral Care Challenge, and be able to keep my families teeth and mouths healthy and make it something we all enjoy doing.

I also would like to invite you to take the challenge with me!  You can visit to access  tips from leading dental experts and great values and prices on oral care products.



**I received products and compensation from Johnson & Johnson and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the Oral Care Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.**

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26 Responses to “Listerine Oral Care Challenge”
  1. Theresa says:

    We are doing the challenge too and love the products!

  2. I’m loving the challenge. I was pretty good with everything, but the reminder for the rinse has been great for me!

  3. My kids don’t use an oral rinse yet, since they’re not that great about spitting when brushing yet.

  4. Louise says:

    One of my contributors is doing the challenge, I knew I would fail

  5. Good luck with the challenge. Oral care is SO important.

  6. That timer is a great idea! I always tell them to sing the abc’s a few times.
    My boys love the mouth wash. It actually helps me get them to brush their teeth more b/c they want to rinse!

  7. Tammy says:

    I hope it goes great. My daughter and I are always fighting over her teeth.

  8. Amy says:

    I love this challenge!!

  9. Marcie W. says:

    I have recently become an oral hygiene nazi with myself, but have always been with my kids. It looks like you all are doing wonderfully.

  10. Good luck with the challenge. I love the little calendar!!

  11. Lolo says:

    I love the idea of a timer!

  12. Jennifer says:

    we’re taking this challenge too. good luck to your family

  13. Courtney says:

    I love listerine! All we use!

  14. Donna says:

    We did a challenge a couple months back, and it really helped my son with developing a routine. :)

  15. Louise says:

    I fogot to mention your son is cute!

  16. So I got a timmer and made a chart too. My kids are doing so much better with brushing! Yay!

  17. I remember the days that I had to stand over my son to make him brush his teeth (seems like yesterday and he’s 28)

  18. Love the sand timer – great idea!

  19. Considering how much I let my teeth go this pregnancy, this sounds like a challenge I should take.

  20. HilLesha says:

    Love Listerine!

  21. What a little cutie, good boy brushing your teeth!

  22. Kathleen says:

    We love Listerine and use it all the time in our house.

  23. I love health challenges. It kicks you into gear!

  24. my kids are still going strong with this

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