*I participated in an Influenster Activation on behalf of Influencer Central for Listerine. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
Prior to receiving the LISTERINE SMART RINSE ANTICAVITY rinse, I must admit that it hadn't occurred to me to use a mouthwash with my older children. It makes a lot of sense, though, as the SMART RINSE goes beyond what normal brushing can do (and really, most children don't really brush all that well, do they?).
Did you know that the LISTERINE SMART RINSE is approved for children as young as 6? I sure didn't! When my daughter (age 6) tried it for the first time, she was pretty hesitant, despite the fact that it's her favorite color - pink! Once she did, though, she was very excited! In fact, we found out that there is a learning curve for mouthwash - on her first try, she accidentally swallowed some! Luckily it was a tiny bit and the rinse is alcohol free.
My son was less enthused to try the rinse. He is a 9 year old boy and it's pink and has a Barbie on it, after all! Luckily, a quick trip to the store turned up the LISTERINE SMART RINSE with Avengers (and a green colored rinse). He was more than happy to try it then!
As a mom, I try to teach my kids good habits and I want them to be able to handle some of it independently, which is why I was excited to see that the Kids SMART RINSE does not pour out like normal mouthwash. Instead, it is in a a type of squeeze bottle, which releases just enough liquid for them to measure out and use. This has saved us a big cleanup more than once!
For the adults in the house, I can say that our routines haven't changed much. We are still brushing like usual and using mouthwash. In fact, my husband wasn't even aware that the LISTERINE was a part of a review, he simply grabbed it and said, "Hey, thanks for picking me up some new mouthwash." I wasn't sure whether I should set the record straight or simply take the credit. (You can be sure, I took the credit!)
LISTERINE ULTRACLEAN, I am finding it easier than ever to reach my back teeth to get a really good clean. I'm sure that at my next checkup my dentist is going to be impressed. I always get a lecture about it because I have such a hard time getting my fingers back there. Not anymore!
I have also taken to carrying the LISTERINE POCKETPAKS in my purse. It's so handy to have when I'm not sure how my breath is doing. If you've never tried one, they can be quite intense at first, so be prepared! You will love knowing, though, that you aren't just covering bad breath, but killing the bacteria that causes it.
With the Holidays coming up very soon, good brushing and flossing habits are even more important. As for my family, one of our healthy habits is to be sure to drink water a majority of the time. We have gotten to a point where we rarely drink juice or soda. In fact, my oldest doesn't even like soda! Sugary beverages are a large contributor to both cavities and childhood obesity. By teaching our children these habits now, we are hopefully instilling a lifetime of good choices!
What choices do you make for your family that makes you a Healthy Habit Hero? If you need some new ideas or tips to bring health to your family, check out the LISTERINE Healthy Habit Hero series on Youtube.