Life as Lou

Brusha Brusha Brusha

  • December 4, 2011 4:02 pm

We were asked if we would like to participate in a special oral hygiene experiment for three weeks with our kids where we focused on brushing, flossing and rinsing twice each day.   Our usual habits aren’t horrendous, but we could definitely use improvement, so we agreed.  We have tried really hard to get our kids to practice good dental care.  Chris and I don’t have an issue with it- frankly, I feel gross if I don’t brush twice a day, so my teeth get their fair share of attention.  So does Chris’ mouth.  The kids, on the other hand, have a completely different story.

I am confident that they could go a week without using a toothbrush and not even notice until their mother passed out from horror at the unsightly sight of their icky smiles.  They need constant motivation to brush and brush well.  We have the same conversation every, single morning.

“Did you brush your teeth?”

“Yes.”

“Really?”

“Yes.”

“With toothpaste”.

“Yes.”

“Really?”

Sheepish smile.  “No.”

“Go BRUSH!  With toothpaste! Do a good job!”

And then they do.

I’m just glad I’m past the stage of having it be a huge fight.  Jonas hated brushing so much when he was little I had to hold him down and pry his mouth open to clean his teeth.  Trying to adequately take care of him felt like child abuse they way he carried on over it, and thanks to total non-compliance, he has had the most cavities out of the three.

Maggie was reasonable about the whole thing.  The youngest? Gabe has been an absolute pleasure.  Because I didn’t want him freaked out about dental care, the very first teething “toy” I gave him was a toothbrush.  He loved biting them, and we never had a single issue about brushing.  In fact, he asks to have his teeth brushed multiple times every day and actually likes toothpaste.  It’s a little weird, but he has great teeth!

Listerine sent us a care package to help motivate the kids and they gave us several bottles of mouthwashes (including ones with fun characters and alcohol free varieties) as well as Reach toothbrushes. The kids were very excited to get going, Gabe with Batman stuff, Maggie with barbie and Jonas with his Phineas and Ferb collection.  It was actually kind of funny because when the bigs arrived home from school and saw all of Gabe’s awesome hygiene paraphernalia, they were insanely jealous. You would have thought Christmas came early when I gave them their stuff.

So we are on our way, hopefully developing better habits with the kids!  Will update in a few weeks!

“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.”

1 Comment

  1. Zarah says:

    LOL!
    I am, personally, not a huge fan of Listerine but I am all for dental care experiments with kids. (As long as they’re – you know – healthy, sensible and swing TOWARDS good habits…!! ;) )
    Good luck with this!

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