Today marks the first day of our #healthyhabits challenge that Listerine and TheMotherhood have asked me to take part in. As a mom it’s my job to make sure my family is always happy and healthy.
I hate to admit it but as a child my parents didn’t put a huge emphasis on oral care. My sister and I were definitely told to brush our teeth but if we forgot it was never a “big deal” . When I became a mom I knew there would be a lot of challenges and a big one I was determined to get right was making sure my kids knew great oral care.
Here are some dental facts I had learned that convinced me more than ever that succeeding at this challenge is a necessity:
- Brushing alone only cleans 25% of the germs in your mouth.
- 75% of adults suffer from some form of gum disease
- 50% of children have their first cavity or filling between the ages of 5 and 9 years old.
- It is recommended that a child should visit a pediatric dentist as soon as his or her first tooth erupts.
- It is recommended that parents begin to floss their children’s teeth as soon as there are two adjacent teeth.
Now that Makenna is 7 I have noticed that she loves using her Reach kids toothbrush before I even have to ask her to brush. She’s great at brushing her teeth the correct way for 2+ minutes. My daughter doesn’t use floss yet because she’s not old enough but her teeth are pretty spacey right now since she’s missing a couple so I don’t see much food sticking in-between there, haha. But Makenna does use her Listerine Smart Rinse mouthwash so anything extra left from brushing we definitely get with the color indicating wash.
Over the next 3 weeks this challenge will help me focus more on Kendall’s oral care since she has most of her teeth now. We need to get into a routine with her because we definitely forget to brush her teeth often.
For tips about how to improve oral care habits for your family, visit Walmart.com, who is doing their part by selling Listerine and Reach products at very affordable prices.
Disclosure: I received products and compensation from Johnson & Johnson and The Motherhood
as part of my participation in the Oral Care Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.