The dentist always seems to get a bad rap.  No one looks forward to sitting in that funky dentist chair, especially if the end result is pain and agony.  

My mom had a horrible dentist when she was growing up – she has soft teeth (which I inherited and subsequently Princess Nagger has also inherited) so rather than deal with the inevitable cavities and fillings, her psycho dentist yanked all her top teeth out and gave her dentures.  When she was only 16.

Psycho is probably an understatement.

Luckily it didn’t traumatize her (as much as it could have), and growing up we had the best dentist ever.  He had a terrible dentist when he was a kid, so that’s why he became a dentist – to be the polar opposite.  And he was.   One of his hygienists, however, not so much.  Us kids used to call her “The Butcher”.  I’m sure you can deduce why without my spelling it out for you.

I’m forever nagging both Princess Nagger and Little Dude to brush all the teeth in their head, since they tend to be lackadaisical when it comes to thorough brushing – and not missing those pesky back teeth.   When they’re sporting Dragon Breath right after brushing, I send them back in to do it all over. 

Since Princess Nagger inherited soft teeth from me, she’s already experienced the horrors of having fillings (in her baby teeth, mind you) and even had an abscessed tooth that had to come out a couple of years ago.

So when I was asked if I’d like to participate in the Listerine Oral Care Challenge, I was all over that like toothpaste on a brush.  That actually sounded better in my head. 

At any rate, Princess Nagger and I had our semi-annual teeth cleaning just last week – and that same day our awesome Listerine package arrived:

Something for everyone.  Perfect timing to start our Oral Care Challenge if you ask me.  I’m familiar with other brands of mouthwash and rinse for kids, but apparently didn’t pay much attention because Listerine has some great ones that both kids are seeming to enjoy already.

More about the Listerine Oral Challenge:

“This treat filled season presents a great moment in time to teach our children the importance of taking care of our teeth and how sweets can affect them. We all hear about the importance of regular brushing and flossing for your oral care routine, but brushing alone misses the germs in 75% of your mouth! Adding a therapeutic mouthwash to your daily routine of brushing and flossing is an essential step in keeping your mouth healthy and protected.

The makers of LISTERINE® and REACH® have created an “Oral Care Challenge” for parents and kids (ages 6 and older) to take on this year. To complete the challenge, kids, alongside their parents, have to brush, floss and rinse every day, twice a day for two weeks-a key step in building a strong oral care foundation.”

You can learn more about all the cool products Listerine has (and see how they promote healthy teeth) by clicking here.

So let the games begin – I’ll be posting a follow up later to let you know how it goes. And if the good habits stick like they should. 

How do you motivate your kids to brush every tooth in their head?


Note: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Listerine and received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.  See my Disclosure Policy here.


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