Listerine Oral Care Challenge Update

Well it’s been just about 3 weeks since we started the Oral Care Challenge and while I am sad to say we are still a work in progress, I think we are on the road to setting some #HealthyHabits for a lifetime.  The most consistently healthy oral care habits have actually been from my own darling Apple.  We have our own chore rewards chart and it has made for quite the incentive combined with the Barbie Toothbrush and Listerine Smart Rinse.  Initially we had to work up to brushing for 2 whole minutes.  Now that we have that down pat, we’re working on the finer details of brushing, like all the sides of your teeth. She still struggles with rinsing for 1 full minute, but I’m giving her some leeway as she’s only 4 years old.  We haven’t gotten to flossing yet, but like I said, work in progress.

My little monster loves to spit, so it’s become a little game of open mouth, brush with his Batman “man!” a little and spit… brush a little and spit, brush a little and spit.  You can imagine this takes a while.  I’m just happy he likes brushing.  He’s quite the ham too.  I usually brush along side him and he loves to copy my one hand on my hip and brushing with the other.  Look how cute he is, standing on his chair, pretending to be a big boy, brushing his own teeth.  He’s very serious about his oral care.

As for the monkey, he loved his Phineas & Ferb toothbrush and Smart Rinse.  Each kid really liked having their own set up – toothbrush, cup, toothpaste and Smart Rinse.  In a couple of weeks the kids will be going to their first dentist appointment and I am trying not to let my own personal anxiety get to them.  I am crossing my fingers that all goes well.  I did thorough research on this dentist and if all the review read right, she’s the bee’s knees!

Not only have we been taking better care of our teeth but ever since the mother-in-law left us to our own devices, we’ve been trying to eat better too.  Want some oranges instead of a lollypop?  How about a fruit pop instead of ice cream?  Sliced apples with pancakes are a hit!

To learn more about building Healthy Habits for a Lifetime please visit Walmart’s information page at: http://instoresnow.walmart.com/enhancedRenderContent_ektid102809.aspx

{ 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. }

About Suzanne Chan

Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files. Read more about her here.

  • Allyson

    Oh he is so cute! Can’t start early enough!

  • Brittany

    If its any consolation, your kids are doing way better than mine. I have to get on it.

  • Nancy

    Choosing the right foods is very important too. It’s good that you identified that. Kudos!

  • Gerri

    Getting them to brush thier teeths is so hard. Must try harder I guess.

  • Very adorable! It’s great that at a very young age he’s learned why brushing is important. I think the Smart Rinse with Phineas and Ferb is a great innovation to convince kids to care about their oral health.

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