I taught my child the importance of oral health care with LISTERINE® SMARTRINSE®, as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #besweetsmart
Mondays are always the longest weekday for my family.
Despite claiming that my boys would each only be involved with one activity each season and that if I were to allow two, they certainly wouldn’t be on the same night, on Mondays they have soccer from 5:30-6:45 and then karate from 7:00-7:45.
It seems to be working out so far, so we’re sticking with it. But that means that they do their homework right after they get home from school, eat a heavy snack, go to soccer then karate, home by 8pm, then it’s a quick dinner, shower(and all that bathroom stuff), and then it’s off to bed they go.
But despite all the rushing around and my desire for them to get to bed as quickly as humanly possible once we’re home, we don’t sacrifice oral hygiene just to get to bed a few minutes earlier.
My three boys have to brush, floss, and do “swishies” aka use mouthwash every morning and night. We joke that they need to do it in the morning so they don’t knock anyone over with their morning breath(they’ll happily show you a demonstration if you ask, so make sure you don’t ask!) and they know they need to get rid of the “sugar bugs” at night(thank their preschool teacher for that expression that somehow stuck around- but hey, if it makes kids want to brush, I’ll take it).
They know that mouthwash (swishies) reaches places in their mouths that a toothbrush can’t. Or even places that a toothbrush could reach, but they miss because they aren’t perfect brushers. Plus, you get to make some pretty funny faces and then SPIT when you use mouthwash. Spit, without getting yelled at!
Not only does mouthwash reach places a toothbrush doesn’t, but LISTERINE® SMARTRINSE® strengthens teeth 99% better than brushing alone. Using it also provides 12 hour cavity protection, something reassuring to me as a mom during the upcoming season of treat. I’d prefer we could #besweetsmart and have a healthy Halloween and not have to deal with kids’ cavities!
My boys have zero desire to have to deal with cavities. They haven’t had any yet, but they’ve been sufficiently freaked out by friends’ tales of dentist visits that aren’t just routine check-ups that they’re on board with keeping their cavity-free track record going.
LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® mouthwash is an anticavity mouthwash for kids ages six and older, so it’s great for my three boys. Plus, it’s fun for them because they could pick fun characters on their “swishies.” They thought they’d want the Avengers, but ended up preferring Perry the Platypus because they prefer Bubble Blast over Mint Shield. They don’t care what flavor is in the Barbie bottle, they won’t touch it. I think they’d probably take mint over something girly. Boys.