Up until I was 29 years old (which lets face it was practically days ago ;) ) , I had never had a cavity. When I got my first cavity, I swore it would be my last and (knock on wood).. so far so good.
I always hoped that my kids could hold a 29 year record of no-cavities (if not longer), until my son got his first cavity last year. A cavity, that ended up with him needing to get a baby tooth removed! My husband and I were baffled.
How did this happen? We are always so on top of the kids brushing their teeth morning and night. It’s then that we realized- brushing is not enough – even for kids.
Did you know?
- 44 percent of American kids will suffer from pediatric dental disease before they reach kindergarten
- Of the 4 million kids born each year, more than half will have cavities by the time they reach 2nd grade
- No matter the age . If teeth are touching, flossing is a must!
- Listerine Smart Rinse provides 12-hour cavity protection and strengthens teeth 99% better than brushing alone. It acts like a magnet to grab particles left from brushing, and when your child spits out the mouthrinse, you can see the particles right there in the sink.
So this week I am teaming up with Listerine and America’s Toothfairy to participate in a challenge where our family will be making it a goal to floss, brush and rinse with Listerine Smart Rinse twice a day.
I would love to invite you to join us help create better dental habits for our kids!
Are you up for the challenge?
If so, here are some tips to help!
Creating better dental habits for our kids is all about making it fun.
Kids love a challenge & working towards a goal! Join in and set a goal for your kids to join in the Listerine Smart Rinse Challenge for two weeks and create a fun reward for them when they complete it.
Try playing music while brushing! Brushing should last two minutes and rinsing 60 seconds – which is about the length of a song.
Sign your kids up for the Americas ToothFairy Club! At AmericasToothFairy.Org you can sign your kids up to receive letters from the Tooth Fairy as well as quarterly tips and activity sheets.
This month Listerine is teaming up with America’s ToothFairy for a trick-or-treat fundraising campaign.
When my son had his cavity, we were fortunate to be have insurance to help us get it treated. Unfortunately, there are 16 million kids in this country who are not as fortunate and suffer from untreated dental disease because they lack coverage. Last year, America’s Toothfairy helped 50,000 receive critical oral care. Their goal is to help even more this year. You can help by visiting AmericasToothfairy.org and joining in their Trick Or Treat campaign.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Listerine. The thoughts, story and opinions are my own.