An old wives’ tale says that you lose a tooth with each pregnancy. I had heard it while pregnant with my first son but laughed it off because milk was one of my cravings. As it turns out however, milk alone doesn’t make a healthy mouth, and I went for my first root canal when my oldest son was just 8 months old. My mother was heartbroken. She had worked very hard when I was little to ensure that my teeth were always in perfect condition. I visited the dentist every six months and brushed my teeth twice a day but staying on top of my dental issues has always been challenge.
Since my two boys were born I have been very diligent about making sure that we developed healthy habits early so that we wouldn’t have any issues with their teeth. The problem we have is that they really don’t like brushing their teeth….
So, to keep our routine fun we do it all. We’ve had glow in the dark toothbrushes, games they play in the mirror, spinning brushes and even songs to dance to so we can get through those magical two minutes.
But, despite all of our creativity my son inherited my soft teeth and needed a little more. During one of our trips to the dentist we learned that he had a few cavities so the doctor suggested that we add a rinse to our routine. LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® provides 12-hour cavity protection and strengthens little teeth. Sometimes brushing just isn’t enough and even though we try, it can’t get in all of the nooks and crannies. The rinse gets in between their teeth to prevent bacteria build-up around the gums. And they like it! Swishing is waaay easier than brushing and this is one part of our routine that they don’t balk at. Plus, it’s exciting when we leave the dentist without cavities because it re-enforces the fact that a quick one minute rinse makes a difference!
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