LISTERINE® and REACH® Healthy Habits for a Lifetime Oral Care Challenge Update!


For the past month my family has taken part in the LISTERINE® and REACH® Healthy Habits for a Lifetime Oral Care Challenge (view my initial post here).  There are a number of interesting observations I have learned about my family during this time regarding our oral hygiene.

1.  My four year old son now LOVES mouth wash.  He currently thinks it is the best thing ever.  He has already finished his bottle and has moved on to his older brother’s.  I am completely surprised by his dedication to gargling and while he does need quite a bit more practice in actually cleaning his mouth this way, he is trying nonetheless.   Somehow mouth wash has made dental hygiene cool and fun for my four year old.  Score!

Here is my middle son with his beloved mouthwash (empty).  He is sadly saying his final farewell to the bottle!

2.  My husband and I have become lazy with our own dental care.  Sure, we see the dentist and oral hygienist two times a year, but we are not nearly as dedicated in our day-to-day maintenance.   I suspect taking care of three other small mouths as weakened our dedication to our own.  Proper brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use are important in maintaining healthy teeth and gums and should not be neglected.

We received a Reach Access Flosser in our container of dental goodies.  I had no prior experience with this product before, and I was skeptical at how it would work in my mouth.  But after a month of usage I love it!  This handy dandy little tool makes flossing so much easier. I am hopeful that my husband and I will “step it up” a notch to ensure our teeth are just as healthy as our children’s.

3. My two year old is an eager tooth brusher, but is not very effective.  My youngest naturally wants to do exactly what his two older brothers are doing.  This includes putting the toothpaste on his toothbrush, flossing, and using mouth wash.  Merely because of the fact that he is two years old this presents a problem.  He doesn’t brush well and there is no way I’m letting him apply tooth paste by himself.  Flossing and mouthwash?  Forget about it!  It is a struggle everyday.  My only relief is knowing his teeth are still spaced far apart from each other not allowing for easy trapping of food particles.  As with any two year old I’m hoping this phase doesn’t last very long!

4.  My seven year old is entering into the important zone of permanent teeth.   While proper care of baby teeth is important, at some point all children will merely lose these teeth.  They are not going to be around for the long haul.  But with the emergence of new permanent teeth the need for strong dental hygiene skill is intensely important.  I keep thinking, “this is it!”.  With your adult teeth you don’t get another chance, for most people, this is all they have.

Luckily my oldest is probably the best at oral maintenance in our family.  He is ritualistic in his habits.  I think he would be almost incapable of catching the school bus in the morning without brushing his teeth first.  And he is highly unlikely to forget to brush at bedtime.  In fact he has refused to go to bed on occasion until he has brushed his teeth, bedtime delay?  Perhaps, but I like to think of it has oral hygiene dedication.

And while our month long Healthy Habits for a Lifetime Oral Care Challenge is now over, I am hopeful that my children’s dedication to oral hygiene will indeed continue for a lifetime.

Check out for more information on how to inspire your kids to remain dedicated to oral care.


“I received products  from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the Oral Care Challenge.  All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.


  1. Listerine is the best for you and healthy oral care.

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