I must start out by saying, my kids are poops when it comes to brushing their teeth. In fact, it is almost the only thing they will actually lie about to my face. “Did you brush? Did you use toothpaste? Did you rinse? Really? Really? Let me see. Let me smell.” These are things only a mother will say and do, and we are still doing this daily, even while on the challenge.
That being said, we are doing alright. I have one kid who has a sparkly smile and seems pretty gung-ho into it all. She’s a peach. I have one who is still trying to get out of it just as desperately as he did when he was a toddler. And now I have this blog post as proof that this was not my fault when he needs root canals and crowns as an adult. I tried, kid. I really did try. My youngest is still the tooth brushing king, and we have actually hide to hide the rinse because he would go through a bottle in a day with his enthusiasm for minty fresh oral care. This one will be a dentist, and his big bro better start sucking up so he can get a discount on all the negligence-induced dental reconstructions he will need as an adult.
My best ally here really is the cute characters on the Listerine rinse. They all get excited about that part of the process. Character toothbrushes help, but since my youngest like to steal toothbrushes and hide them, we replace brushes quite frequently and they are already on to whatever I had laying in the bottom of my toothbrush/paste drawer in the bathroom. This irritates me to no end, since I spend at least $15 a month on replacement toothbrushes, but I am trying to look on the bright side and credit this toothbrush kleptomaniac with reducing the spread of viruses by keeping us really on top of getting new brushes. I am trying hard to see the potential good in all inconveniences. Since I can’t find any good in a root canal, I am keeping on top of this oral care challenge for me and the kids- that way I don’t have to think up anything positive to go along with hours of pain and the gag-nasty process of getting a crown.
Overall, I think this has really helped at least one of my three get on board with better oral care. The oldest could still use some motivation, but has been a little more positive about things. My youngest, well, he’s still just as excited about his teeth as he was in the beginning. And he has really good breath.
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Listerine and received a sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”