LISTERINE and REACH Healthy Habits for A Lifetime Oral Care Challenge
If you remember, last month my family took the Listerine and Reach Healthy Habits for a Lifetime Oral Care Challenge. We were challenged to develop healthier behaviors that lead to a healthier lifestyle. I want to share with you some facts that we learned as well as our experience and how it has improved our oral care practices.
When you see a statistic like 75% of your mouth is missed with brushing alone it makes you want to do more to get your mouth as clean as possible! We always brushed our teeth prior to this challenge. For us, the challenge came in making sure to brush twice every day AND rinse AND floss. Yes, it does take a bit longer to do all three but they are all extremely important. Another thing we were not doing was brushing in front of our little boy. We would brush during our own personal time in the bathroom and then brush our son's teeth when we were getting him ready for the day or for bed. I think brushing together has really encouraged him to want to brush more! We try to make it as fun as possible for him by dancing and singing and letting him watch himself in the mirror.
It was scary to learn that 50% of children will have a cavity or filling between the ages of five and nine. The best thing you can do to prevent this is cut out the candy and soda. Fruit juice can also be a common culprit. Our little boy loves juice and we really have to limit his amount of juice each day. He would drink it all day if he could! Many dentists recommend introducing a fluoride rinse around the age of six. Since we just had a baby, I was curious when it is recommended to take a child to the dentist for the first time. I was surprised to learn that it is recommended when they get their first tooth! My goal is to prevent these cavities in our children (as I am sure all parents want to do) and continue our path of brushing, rinsing and flossing twice a day.
This challenge has really opened our eyes and gotten us on the right track. It's all about developing a habit…it may seem like a lot of work in the beginning but after only a short while it becomes part of your regular daily routine and you don't think twice about it. For more information on how to engage your children visit the Listerine Kids website. I strongly encourage you to get your family involved in a challenge like this! It can be a lot of fun and will make a huge difference! Let's all do everything we can to lower that 50% statistic of all children between five and nine getting a cavity or filling.
FTC Disclosure: I received products and compensation from Johnson & Johnson 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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