This year I decided I’d had enough of resolutions and didn’t even attempt to make any. Sometimes, however, the resolutions just find you.

I didn’t plan on adopting a fitness plan, but a visit to the doctor convinced me otherwise.

We hadn’t decided on a healthy eating plan, but then we joined the Good and Good for You Challenge.

Now we’re at it again with the Listerine and Reach Healthy Habits for a Lifetime Oral Care Challenge.

Listerine Reach Challenge

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I didn’t immediately say yes when asked to join the challenge. It involves brushing, flossing, and rinsing twice a day for three weeks—not just me, but my whole family. I needed to make absolutely sure everyone was committed. I want my kids to have healthy dental habits, but I can’t actually hold them down and floss their teeth, right?

The answer was a big yes!—we were all in.

Phineas & Ferb rinseI actually gasped when I opened the box of supplies: Barbie, Phineas & Ferb, super heroes and Total Care toothbrushes from Reach; Listerine rinses; and dental floss. I nabbed the Total Care Zero rinse: I’m an addict. Everyone got a new toothbrush and each bathroom got new floss and rinse. Thankfully, we managed to avoid a fight over the Phineas & Ferb products.

The kids have truly embraced the challenge. Whenever I ask if they’ve brushed, flossed, and rinsed, the answer is almost always yes.

Having new products contributes a lot to the excitement. I think the most important change for us is using the rinses. I’m extremely frugal and always looked at them as a bonus product, something fun but not really necessary. After participating in a live oral care chat last week, I now know that brushing alone misses germs in 75% of your mouth. Seventy five percent!

Rinses, however, reach 100%. The kids love them, too, so it’s an easy way to make a big difference in our family’s oral health. We’re one week into the challenge and going strong!

Does your family use oral rinses? Did you have any idea what a difference they make?

Disclosure: I received products and compensation from Johnson & Johnson and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the Oral Care Challenge. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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