Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Listerine Family Oral Care Challenge ~ The Proof is in the Smile

Monday, January 2, 2012

Listerine Family Oral Care Challenge ~ The Proof is in the Smile

Early in December, my family was invited to take part in the Listerine Family Oral Care Challenge: a month long test, utilizing an oral care kit we received, to boost our daily habits, improve our oral health, with an anticipated overall health benefit.

Emerging science suggests that advanced gum disease may be linked to diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and pre-term birth. The early stage of gum disease is gingivitis—which affects a majority of all adult Americans at some point in their lives. And most don't even know it.

With a kit full of all the supplies needed to keep the whole family on the oral straight and narrow, including:

  • Reach Toothbrushes, specially designed for kids 
  • Reach Total Care adult brushes
  • Reach Total Care Dental Floss
  • Listerine Smart Rinse for Kids
  • Listerine Antiseptic and Total Care rinses
began our challenge period, fairly confident we could toe the oral care line.  

All members of the family see the dentist for regular cleanings twice a year and brushing in the morning and evening is part all our daily routines, usually.  Although getting my daughter, now the Teen Diva, into a regular brushing routine was a bit of a struggle, when she was younger.  Now, with a vested interest in a dazzling, white smile, she is a self-regulated brusher.  Her younger brother, now ten, was a champ about brushing as a little guy, however I have had to send him back upstairs for a good brushing a few early school mornings, after receiving a less than fresh goodbye kiss.

As for my husband and myself, while there might be a delay on a lazy weekend morning, our twice a day brushing routine is well ingrained.  Our weakness:  flossing and rinsing consistently.  We've had periods when we'll remember to pick up rinse at the grocery store, but neither of us have ever regularly flossed, less the "Oh, shoot.  Appointment with the hygienist tomorrow" scramble.  Our weakness in rinsing and flossing, of course, meant our children have the same wide gap in their routines.

Surprisingly, our ten year old led the way in policing everyone's compliance to our challenge over the last few weeks.  Likely empowered by winning the "battle" with his older sister over who would be able to test the Phineas and Ferb products, our most likely slacker became the strongest proponent, with gentle to firm reminders given, as needed. (Our son claimed the Batman products, Teen Diva took the Barbie products and they shared the much desired Phineas and Ferb Rinse).

With all the proper tools at our disposal, I selected the Listerine Total Care Zero Anti Cavity Mouthwash to test, with my husband trying the Cool Mint Antiseptic Rinse.  Each of us was impressed with the REACH Access Flosser, feeling that the user friendly design would greatly improve our likelihood of regular use.  Although we received one Access Flosser, we decided to pick up three more sets, so everyone in the family could put it to the test.

The End Result ~ Fresh!

The whole family benefited greatly from participating the Listerine Family Oral Care Challenge.  Simply from the increased ease of using the REACH flosser, we found ourselves regularly flossing.  The kids were very receptive to using the kid friendly rinses and shared a much fresher feeling than they had before.  My husband didn't mind the zestier zing of the Listerine Cool Blue Antiseptic Mouthwash, while I found the Listerine Total Care Zero, with no alcohol, much gentler to use.  This Mom appreciates the wide range of products available to help us maximize the benefits of our daily oral care routines, as well as the increased advantages of adding rinses and more regularly flossing.  Our dental hygienist will be quite pleased, as we are ourselves!  I only hope that our local stores are well stocked in the Listerine Smart Rinse for Kids in the Phineas and Ferb formula!

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 I wrote this reIview 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.  The opinions and experiences above are both honest and my own.  Total Care Zero Image sourced from Listerine.
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