Life as Lou

Listerine Update

  • January 2, 2012 6:29 pm

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.”



  1. Lanna says:

    Every time you go to the dentist for cleanings, ask for an extra brush (or three). I’ve gone in to the dentist a few weeks before Christmas before and gotten free toothbrushes for the asking. They’re thrilled at the idea of my kids getting toothbrushes in their stockings. :D Besides, finding soft bristled anything is freakin’ hard, believe me, I’ve tried.

    As for the mouthwash exuberant one… maybe let him do xylitol mints the rest of the day when you don’t want him breaking the Listerine budget? And let the older/more resistant child use them as well to get more into it?

  2. Casey Lu says:

    OMG, I totally hear you! Cali likes to brush her teeth but Morgan and Donovan fight me on it all the way. They will try to sneak going to bed without, and get mad when they come back and say they brush them, and they aren’t even clean but smell like toothpaste, and I make them go again and inspect their teeth, lol. It cracks me up but drives me nuts at the same time! You would think that at almost 13 and 11, I wouldn’t have to go in there and practically brush for them, lol. They definitely didn’t learn it from me either. I just hope and pray my kids don’t have the problems that their father had. There is a history of soft teeth in my hubby’s family and well, I hope even as much as they hate me for it, that someday they will thank me! Finger’s crossed Cali will always keep up with it like I like to. Donovan loves to use Listerine as he oddly likes the burn but they would gladly use that then brush, lol. I am glad that I am not alone in this “For the greater good” battle. As far as all the brushes you go through, I did Coupon Sense for a while and that helped me build up a stock pile of free to nearly free brushes and toothpaste to go into our year supply. That might help. I also got a lot of toiletries (shampoo, lotions, mouth wash, condioner, deoderant) free or nearly free.

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