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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Oral Health Care Challenge

Oral health care is something that is important to me. That's why I participated in the Listerine Oral Care Challenge last year, and why I'm also an America's Toothfairy ambassador. Listerine and Reach have teamed up with America's Toothfairy to launch a campaign to raise awareness of pediatric dental disease (the #1 chronic childhood illness) and help to provide life-changing care to underserved children.

The October Oral Care Challenge was created for kids 6 and up to take with their parents. The challenge was to brush, floss, and rinse every day, twice a day, for 3 weeks.

As I've mentioned before, getting Kayla (and Lucas too) to brush hasn't been a problem. It's a part of their regular routine and we've never had issues with either of them not wanting to brush their teeth (thank goodness!)

I find it hard to maneuver my fingers in Kayla's mouth to floss, so I started using the Reach Access Flosser and it has made it so much easier to get in there and floss.


What we are still working on with Kayla is the rinsing part. She gets the idea behind spitting out, but she ends up swallowing and then trying to spit out. So we've been working with getting her more proficient at spitting out with water before we move on to the mouth rinse.

When Kayla is a little more proficient at that we'll start using the Listerine Agent Cool Blue pre-rinse (for kids 6 and up). It tints teeth blue so kids notice where they should be brushing to get all the blue off.

It is also recommended to use a fluoride rinse like Listerine Smart Rinse (also age 6 and up) to offer extra protection against cavities.

I like the new Listerine Zero mouthwash ... it has less intensity and zero alcohol yet still provides a deep clean by killing germs. It's not indicated to prevent or reduce plaque and gingivitis germs though, so before bed I use a Listerine Antiseptic. Listerine is the only nationally branded antimicrobial mouthwash to receive the ADA Seal of Acceptance for fighting plaque and gingivitis.

Visit Listerine Kids to get more information and tips on oral health care for children.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of LISTERINE and REACH. I received products to take the Oral Care Challenge. Mom Central Consulting also sent me a Global Giving gift card to donate to a charity of my choice, to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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1 comment:

Sarah said...

Your kids are so adorable and very beautiful. I know that you are so blessed to have them in your life. Part of taking care of them is having a good oral hygiene. I practice that one also with my daughter. Recently, we went to a cosmetic dentist (Raleigh, NC area) and got her braces! And she's really happy with it. Cosmetic dentistry (Raleigh) is such an art, and with great dentists, you will be sure that you're in good hands.