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.”
As some of you might know, over the past few weeks I’ve taken part in the LISTERINE 21-Day Challenge. Research has shown that a new habit takes about 21 days to “kick in” and, in this case, it was improving our oral care routine. For me, it was getting into the habit of flossing and using a rinse every time I brush. Who has the time for that, right? But I’m always up for a challenge and, I can happily say that I now have kicked my old habit and formed my new habit!
The flossing is still a bit of a challenge for me as it seems to take up soooooo much time and I’ll still need to work on that part but, in regards to using the LISTERINE Antiseptic Rinse I’m now devoted. Part of it was vanity – I mean who wouldn’t use something that helps whiten your teeth – but the bigger part was setting an example for my kids. I’ve always tried to not be “that mom” who tells her kids what to do but doesn’t do it herself.
My kids are usually my “test cases” when I review products and they look forward to helping me. Throughout the 21 days it’s been my youngest daughter who’s kept on my case about remembering to floss and rinse and she’s done it right along with me. She really kept me on the straight and narrow.
While I started the routine because it was a challenge and I wanted to set a good example, I honestly didn’t know if I would notice a difference. The only way I was certain was one day when I didn’t floss and rinse. It’s not easy to describe but my teeth simply felt cleaner after I rinsed and flossed and the day I didn’t, I could immediately notice a difference.
I know it often seems like a minor thing but good oral care habits are important in preventing gum disease and other long term issues. Try the LISTERINE 21-Day Challenge for yourself and see what you think. Also, it’s not too late to post a “Swish Selfie” on LISTERINE Facebook page. When you do, LISTERINE 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.