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Steps to Proper Oral Hygiene and Mouthwash Benefits

Disclosure: “I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card 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.”

Listerine 21 day challenge done

A little over 3 weeks ago I signed up for the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. The challenge was to start rinsing with Listerine mouthwash twice a day. Ok so it has been 21 days. I have to admit I did miss a few rinses while we were travelling but other than that I did great! One thing that really helped was having the fresh clean mouth feeling all day. I have been converted. I am now a huge fan of mouthwash. Before the challenge I randomly used mouthwash, now it feels strange if I don’t. I hope you joined me in the 21-day challenge. If not and you are still not convinced that using mouthwash regularly is necessary than please read my list of mouthwash benefits.

Mouthwash Benefits:

  • fresh breath
  • cavity protection
  • whiter teeth
  • healthier gums
  • less plaque and fewer germs in mouth – Listerine kills up to 99.9% of germs in your mouth
  • smoother cleaner teeth

This last one is really one of the best mouthwash benefits for me. Smoother cleaner teeth. You can actually feel it when you run your tongue across your teeth. My six month cleaning at the dentist is coming up in a few weeks. I can always tell when it is getting close to my appt because my teeth feel yucky. They get filmy quicker, food seems to stick more, and they don’t feel smooth or clean for very long between brushings. But since I have been rinsing twice a day that hasn’t happened this time. It feels like I just got my teeth cleaned.

I took the challenge and I am still smiling. Love Listerine Mouthwash.

Mouthwash Benefits for kids:

Okay so how did the kids do with the challenge? Better than I expected. Before the challenge we struggled to stick with a morning teeth brushing routine.  Nighttime has never been an issue in our house but remembering in the morning when we are all busy and maybe a little grumpy is a different story. We started using LISTERINE SMART RINSE® and our “Did you Brush Your Teeth Today?”checklist we shared and we had much better results. The kids love squeezing the bottle to measure the right amount of mouthwash and pouring it into their cups. I love that this little bit of fun has encouraged them to brush and rinse. I also love that I don’t have to worry about spills or waste.

To help us all keep going with our new habit of rinsing morning and night I am going to head to Walgreens this week and stock up.  During the week of March 1st, visit your local Walgreens store to purchase LISTERINE® Antiseptic for only $4.49; a great price to help keep you going with your new rinsing habit! If you haven’t taken the challenge you can go grab all the products you need to get started. In addition to the mouthwash we have also really liked the LISTERINE® WHITENING Original Gel Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste. We love the taste. I also have a free printable that you can hang in your bathroom as a reminder to keep you motivated to stick with your new habit. 6 Steps for Proper Oral Hygiene Printable.

6 steps for a healthy oral hygiene routine

Oh and my other healthy habit? I did not forget about that. Remember I chose the fitness expert for help staying motivated to train for a 10k run. Well, I made it to the gym 3 times a week every week for the past 3 weeks! Thank you LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge!

So tell us, how did you do? If you did not join us you can still sign up for the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge and be on your way to a healthier mouth and happier you.