Post-not really!-LISTERINE® Challenge Recap



Three weeks ago, I told you all the I was embarking on the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. This involved flossing, brushing, and rinsing twice a day, every day, for twenty-one days. It also meant my kids got to use their very own rinse, something about which they were VERY excited. (Really, that “very” deserves about a dozen exclamation points because, let me tell you, if I dared forget to pour that rinse? I heard about it!)


I’m actually a pretty darn diligent little brusher and flosser, but I do confess to a night here and there when I pass out on the couch and my chompers fall by the wayside. (Terrible, I know.) This challenge forced me to be much more vigilant and, if I felt myself start to drift, I’d pop up and announce to my husband, “I’m gonna do my teeth so I can crash without thinking about it!”


This resulted in my being very, very consistent about blushing AND flossing twice each day. Not only did this mean my teeth felt clean pretty much all the time, but I noticed a real difference from all that flossing! Because I was already flossing before the challenge, I didn’t have any gum bleeding or discomfort during the challenge. But what surprised me was this– flossing twice each and every day eventually meant that it was so clean and smooth between my teeth that the floss just slipped in and out super easily. It became an ever-quicker process and, as a busy mama, you know that’s a good thing! Even though I’m flossing twice a day, I don’t know that it’s taking any longer than it takes the average person to floss once a day. Does that make sense?


Listerine Antiseptic at Target


The other big part of this challenge was rinsing with LISTERINE® Antiseptic twice a day. After the first couple days when I’d come out, wide eyes a bit teary from the intensity (and making my husband laugh), that became easy-peasy, too. And, when a stomach bug hit me late in the challenge? I was super grateful for  the freshness the rinse added to my routine. (I may also have soaked my toothbrush in a cup of the stuff to freshen it up, but that wasn’t really officially part of the challenge.)


My husband did not officially come along for the ride on this one, but, to be frank, my perpetually fresh mouth probably played a role in his increased oral hygiene, too. In fact, one night, just after I flicked the light and laid my head back on the pillow, I started giggling because our room was simply FULL of minty-freshness. I wasn’t complaining!


I have to say that, while I was really never one to bother with any sort of mouthwash or rinse, I’ve really enjoyed adding LISTERINE® Antiseptic to my routine. It only takes thirty seconds and it’s positively invigorating!


So check it out!


Swish Selfie


A swish selfie– ha! This is the pic I’m sharing over on LISTERINE® Brand’s Facebook page. I’m thrilled to know that, for each Swish Selfie shared on their 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 helping 210,000 children.


So why did I title this the Post-(not really)-LISTERINE® challenge? Well, because I don’t really want to stop! I like the way my mouth feels. I guess I’ll find out in April, when I go in for my six-month check, whether the dentist sees any difference, but the difference in feeling is enough to make me want to stick with it for now.


What challenges do you and your family face with your oral care routine? Are there any new habits you’d like to adopt?



(Disclosure: I received a Target gift card to purchase LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products 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, as always, my own.)
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