Friday, December 2, 2011

We are taking the Listerine Oral Care Challenge

Listerine Oral Care Challenge Part 1:
Being the thoughtful mom that I am, I scheduled my kids for their 2nd dental exam for the year on Nov. 2. TWO days after Halloween. It was the perfect excuse to limit the candy they were consuming, and to remind them to stay on top of keeping their teeth clean. In our home, most of you know we have three children. The oldest has Asperger's and that makes brushing his teeth a little more challenging.

For Aaron, it used to take 2 people to hold him down, while one held his mouth open so the other could brush. He has oral sensitivities. It was a real issue to put a toothbrush in his mouth, much less toothpaste. As part of his therapy, we gave him the softest toothbrush available, and a few times a day we'd wet it and just let him chew and suck on it. He gradually became used to the feel, and became less resistant to having his teeth brushed. Except for the toothpaste. Thank goodness for samples! I ordered samples of every toothpaste I could find until we finally found one he could tolerate. I now order that brand and flavor by the case from Amazon! Surprisingly, even after all that trouble, he has the healthiest teeth in the family!

For the rest of us, we are cavity prone. Even with excellent hygiene. The pediatric dentist said it's hereditary. Our teeth are close together, which means that we must make sure to brush, floss, and use mouthwash at least twice a day, in addition to regular exams. We may still get cavities, but at least they won't be as bad or severe as they would've been without taking the proper precautions.

The "Oral Care Challenge" is designed for parents and children ages 6 and older. To complete the challenge, each of us must brush, floss, and use a rinse aid twice a day for 2 weeks. This is part of our normal routine, so we accepted, and it keeping a chart makes it fun for the kids! We go a step further though, and use the Smart Rinse for the kids, so we all know their teeth are super clean when they are done!

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Listerine and received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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