I started my Listerine Challenge back on February 13. The challenge was simple, I needed to brush, floss and rinse with LISTERINE twice a day for 21 days. I picked up the Listerine Ultraclean Citrus, Listerine Smart Rinse for the kids, Listerine Whitening Toothpaste and the Reach Wax Floss… and I have stuck with it!
I left the mouthwash sitting on the counter serve as a daily reminder. Plus I left the kids Smart Rinse in my bathroom so I can remember to have them rinse…plus I can see that they are actually doing it. I have been making it a game with my six-year-old on who can hold out and rinse the longest. He usually wins! The citrus flavor did make my mouth numb with a really dry feeling, but that only lasts a short while. I did notice that the more I rinsed, I didn’t want to eat, especially junk food. That was a nice side effect!
Since I have never used the wax floss before I wanted to give it a try. I will say that I did not care for it at all. Once it was out, I immediately switched to the Reach Total Care which is a thin floss that glides in between my teeth, that I liked much better! The more I flossed, my gums did eventually stop bleeding.
I know that you hear “brush twice a day” (especially from your dentist) and it can be a pain if you are in a rush in the morning. But now that I have been doing it for three weeks, my mouth feels fresher and it really does only take a few extra minutes.
Taking the 21-Day Challenge can also help children in need. For every person who posts a “Swish Selfie” to LISTERINE Brand’s Facebook page, LISTERINE Brand will make a $5.00 contribution to Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America program, up to $85,000, toward their goal of connecting 210,000 children with needed oral health services in 2014.
Disclosure: I received a Target gift card to purchase LISTERINE Brand products 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.