Please feel free to read my initial post for more information and statistics on why having healthy oral care habits is very important, http://www.shescribes.com/2012/02/listerine-reach-oral-care-blogger-challenge-healthyhabits.html.
I am happy to report that they are doing much better and with little to no nagging on my end. 🙂 My kids are not competitive people, but they are with each other. My daughter especially. She’s always been jealous of my son, only because he was a preemie and needed a lot of medical attention when he was younger and she was jealous of that attention he received. But that is another story…
We actually used a chart so the kids would keep track of every time they brushed and rinsed. Told them the prize would be a $10 towards iTunes. My kids love to download music for their iPods so they were happy about that.
Initially my son went a bit overboard by brushing A LOT. He’s brush in the AM, when he got home from school, after dinner and before bed. While that was commendable that he did that, it wasn’t necessary. I was just looking for the AM and PM.
The one thing I thought would be more of a challenge is to get my whole family (myself included) to use a mouth rinse at least twice a day. That is because brushing alone misses 75% of the plaque and germs that develop in your mouth. Ewwww! Using a rinse helps to remove the things that brushing alone misses.
For my kids the trick was simply to have a mouth rinse in flavors that they like. Kids don’t like harsh and strong mouth rinses and they really shouldn’t be using “grown up” mouth rinse with a lot of alcohol in it. Thankfully Listerine has plenty of kid friendly mouth rinses in flavors they enjoy. I honestly didn’t have to encourage them to rinse mouth because they did it on their own simply because they enjoyed the mouth rinse flavors that I offered them.
Here are some more helpful tips to help your family your family with their healthy oral care habits. You will need to be able to open .PDF files in order to read them. Most computers can already do that. If you need a reader you can visit Adobe.com and download the reader for free.
I’m also including the link to a calendar you can download and print out to use with your kids.
Simply click on the bolded words below to read each file. There are A LOT of great tips included that you should really take a moment to check out.
Because having healthy oral care habits is very important, not only for the health of your teeth but also for your overall health (plaque and gum disease can cause other health problems), Listerine and Reach are proudly supporting the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life initiative. Their goal is to educate and empower Americans to make positive lifestyle choices each day – including good oral care. To learn more about the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. initiative, visit www.MyHeartMyLife.org.
I’m glad that my family was successful with their healthy oral care challenge and I am confident that this will continue, ideally for a lifetime. I’m glad we participated in the blogger challenge. 🙂
Check out Walmart for all your oral care needs. To find a Walmart near you visit www.Walmart.com.
In order to help your family get on track with healthy oral habits one lucky She Scribes reader will win a $100 Walmart gift card and Listerine and Reach product samples.
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