Thursday, March 15, 2012

Healthy Habits = Healthy Teeth

For the last three weeks, my family has been participating in the Listerine Healthy Habits Challenge. As the challenge winds down, I can't help but reflect on some of the things I have learned about my kids along the way...

~ It doesn't matter how old they get, they still like Batman, Barbie, and Phineas & Ferb
~ New stuff still motivates them (even if it's a new toothbrush or dental floss)
~ Checking off boxes on a chart fills them with a sense of accomplishment
~ Showing them how much they missed when they brush is kind of like a science experiment
~ My behaviors are still the best way to model healthy habit

Even with the challenge at the front of our minds, it was still difficult to remember simple tasks like rinsing twice a day or flossing at night. It served as a good reminder that oral health is a huge area for improvement in our home and in home across America.

Going forward, I plan to help my kids by providing floss and mouth wash to be kept in their lockers. I also will be keeping a bottle of mouth wash in my drawer at work. Dental floss is now conveniently located in the center console of my car, as well as in my purse, for those just in case when my meal is stuck between my teeth.

Listerine, Reach, WalMart, and the American Heart Association have put together a great site to help you and your family develop healthy habits for a lifetime! Check it out for great ideas on how you and your family can make positive changes to your oral care routines!

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


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