Disclosure:“I received LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.”
A little over 2 years ago I received frightening news that I had the beginning stages of periodontal (gum) disease. I wasn’t shocked though, as I didn’t regularly visit a dentist (they scared the heck out of me), I rarely flossed and mouthwash was a product I only used after eating a garlicky dinner. Go to your dentist, they aren’t that scary after having to undergo a free gingivital gum graft surgery to repair the receding gum line on my bottom two teeth. Having the roof of your mouth cut, to make new gum tissue, that’s scary stuff.
Since that surgery I have been much better about my oral health care routine. I regularly visit the dentist, thoroughly floss, always brush twice a day and well rinsing, not often. Rinsing with a mouthwash is an activity I have wanted to improve on for a while, but I just haven’t been thorough with it. My oral health will never be perfect. I have a slight overbite and extremely crowded and crooked bottom teeth, where plaque, tartar and food likes to hide. Keeping my teeth clean is not as easy as one would think and it leaves me VERY self-conscious about smiling. This is my smile 95% of the time.
Not at all confident. This is not what I want for my children so I worry about my kids brushing habits as I never want them to have any issues with their teeth. As long as they go fast, they feel that is enough. I’ve explained over and over they need to brush for at least the recommended 2 minutes, floss and rinse as per their dentists recommendation.
LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge
Which is why I’m excited to join the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. Starting today, I will begin an oral care routine for 21-days, where I will brush twice a day with LISTERINE® Whitening Original Gel toothpaste, rinse twice a day with LISTERINE® Cool Mint Antiseptic and floss twice a day with Reach Total Care floss.
My children will do the same routine but rinse with LISTERINE® Smart Rinse Anticavity Fluoride Rinse. I’ll be sharing updates of how the challenge is going and how the LISTERINE® 21-Day Oral Care Challenge is helping with my teeth cleaning challenges. I hope I can one day have the confidence to smile big, like this.
Swish Selfie Delivers Smiles to Children in Need
Would you like to take the challenge? You can buy the same products mentioned above at Target to begin your oral health routine. Then you’ll want to post a “Swish Selfie” to the LISTERINE® Facebook page, and LISTERINE® will make a $5.00 contribution to Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America program, up to $85,000, to delivery smiles to children in need. Oh and a winner will receive $500! This is the perfect opportunity to take charge of your oral health and your children’s as February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!
#Listerine Twitter Party
On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at noon ET (11a CT / 9a PT), I hope you join us on Twitter with the #LISTERINE hashtag! We’ll be chatting for one hour about the 21-Day Challenge, your experiences and thoughts, tips for good oral hygiene, and more!
To learn more about the challenge, to post a Swish Selfie photo and more visit www.facebook.com/listerine