Sunday, October 25, 2009

Listerine Oral Care Challenge

50 percent of children will have a cavity or filling between the ages of five
and nine.
Perceived healthy snacks such as fruit juice and milk can also be
the source of cavities.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD)
recommends parents schedule an
appointment with a dentist as soon as the
first tooth appears.

When I think of Halloween, I think of candy, candy, and more candy! Which means sugar bugs on teeth!! To help with the candy frenzy, Listerine and Reach created the "October Oral Care Challenge" for kids 6 and older. Ella was thrilled that she was able to participate in this worthwhile challenge! To complete the challenge, we pledged to brush, floss and rinse every day, twice a day for two weeks—a key step in building a strong foundation of good oral care habits.

To participate we were sent an assortment of adult and children's products to help build a healthy regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing every day, twice a day. We received the items pictured below.

We also received the calendar and stickers (pictured below) to help us track Ella's progress.

Some valuable information from Listerine:


Ages 6-8

Brush, Floss (with parental supervision) and Rinse
Ages 9 and older
Brush, Floss and Rinse
Brush, Floss and Rinse
Ella is really good about brushing and flossing so the major goal of this challenge was to get her to rinse regularly. I really didn't know where to start in finding an appropriate rinse for a five year old. Listerine suggests:

If your child is just learning to brush, try a pre-brush rinse like…
Used before brushing, it tints teeth blue so kids pay attention when cleaning their teeth; giving kids a sense of accomplishment that they are doing a good job and reinforcing the positive behavior.

When cavity protection is a priority, try a post-brush rinse like…
This is an anti-cavity mouthwash for kids ages six and older that helps clean and protect teeth beyond brushing alone. The MAGNETIC CLEANING ACTION™ attracts particles—showing kids in the sink what brushing may have missed.
So, after figuring out the appropriate rinse, Ella was set to complete her challenge! We are happy to report that our calendar is just about full of reward stickers for the month of October! Ella has done an excellent job rinsing, flossing, and brushing! She loves the Agent Cool Blue rinse and can't wait until she is six so she can use the "Pink One."
Dental Tips from Dr. Kanetta Lott (a leading pediatric dentist):
Show, don't tell.
Lead by example, as kids will imitate your behavior and make oral hygiene feel less like a "kid thing."

Reward healthy behavior.

Offer rewards for achieving brushing, flossing and rinsing goals.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Listerine and Reach and received Listerine and Reach products for the Oral Care Challenge and a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.


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