Last month, I accepted Listerine’s challenge to add flossing and rinsing to my daily routine. My husband and daughter also accepted the challenge, but since they were already good flossers it wasn’t much of a challenge for them. Me on the other hand, it was a challenge. Now for the results…
I flossed most days, and I rinsed everyday!
I admit, I am still not a full-time flosser, but I made great progress considering how very rarely I flossed before. I actually liked the new floss (Reach Total Care Plus Whitening) vs my my ancient floss, but I insist on using the old stuff because I won’t let it go to waste… So the my husband (who hates my old floss) will probably use up all the good stuff 🙂 I would say on average, I flossed every other night. A BIG step for me, I assure you.
When I started the challenge, I thought the rinse would be the hardest part because I really don’t like the taste of the Listerine Antiseptic, and I thought that’s what all Listerine was. So I was leery about putting that biting taste in my mouth. I am pleased to report that “Smart Rinse” is totally different. There’s no bite, just cool mint. I actually liked the taste. So if you are afraid of Listerine, I hightly recommend giving Smart Rinse a shot.
The first time I used Smart Rinse, I was surprised to see little clumps when I spit. There were no clumps going in… So I read the bottle (of course) and learned that those clumps are the Smart Rinse sticking to bad bacteria that brushing missed. Ewwwww. Now that’s incentive to rinse!
Because I wasn’t sure how my rinse challenge would go, I started with the smallest bottle I was sent. That way I could donate the larger unopened bottle if I hated it. I am pleased to show you that my small bottle is almost gone, and I WILL be using the larger bottle of Smart Rinse. (Although I still think I am going to donate the Listerine antiseptic – I like the Smart Rinse, why mess with success?)
Yes, that’s Batman, and no not all Smart Rinse has Batman on it. That’s just what I was sent for the challenge.
My daughter spotted the Barbie Smart Rinse that I was sent immediantly and wanted to try it. Because I am not about to discourage her from wanting to do something for her oral hygene we gave it a shot. The recommended age for Smart Rinse is six because little ones are not very good at spitting… The bathroom mirror is proof a four-year-old has a hard time spitting! LOL. For now we are practicing with water, but she is holding on to her bottle to try again soon.
Overall, I am very pleased that I took the challenge and with my personal results. As my husband said, “If it takes a blog challenge to get you to floss, go for it.” (Anyone know of any blog challenges to keep a cleaner home?)
I am still not the perfect flosser, but I will continue to floss more if for no other reason than to set the right example for my girls. After all they are my top priority, and I want to make sure they grow up to take good care of themselves!
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