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Mother, Son, Listerine 21-Day Listerine Oral Health Challenge #Listerine #spon

I received a Target gift card to purchase LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division 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 my own.”

I’m notorious for challenging my son. Sometimes it’s academically. Sometimes it’s to get him out of his comfort zone. And sometimes… it’s for his health and physical well-being.

I also like to challenge myself.  Which led me to our newest challenge — the Listerine oral health challenge. Maybe it’s because I have a boy, but it is a challenge to get him to brush his teeth as long as he should and flossing and rinsing is a downright battle sometimes. I’ve also realized that I don’t always floss, and just maybe, I don’t brush my teeth as long as I should. I’m so busy and always on the go, that I don’t take as much time as I should when it comes to my oral hygiene.

So what’s a mom to do?

Why, challenge her 11-year-old son to see which one of them can do a better job at brushing, flossing, and rinsing. My son takes his competitive spirit after me, so he took me up on the Listerine Oral Health challenge.

I don’t care that his only eleven, or that he’s my son, I say, “Bring it!”

Seriously, I really need to make the time to take better care of my oral health. I know how important good oral health is, but I put it on the back burner because I’m trying to do so many things (most of them for others) that I neglect myself. I have to do better. I think the Listerine 21-day challenge is a great way place to start.

I’ve been noticing some gum redness and some sensitivity lately, too. So I’ve got to nip this in the bud.

I also want to be a good example for my son… this, “Do as I say, not as I do” attitude just doesn’t fly. And making it a friendly competition will make it fun and will help my son develop a good oral health routine. And research shows, it takes 21 days to form a habit.

Here’s the products we’re using to take the #Listerine 21-Day challenge that I purchased at Target:

If that wasn’t enough reason to take the Listerine 21 day challenge —

Taking the challenge can also help children in need. For every person who posts a “Swish Selfie” to LISTERINE® Brand’s Facebook 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 connecting 210,000 children with needed oral health services in 2014.

Now this is a challenge everyone should take!

In fact, I do challenge YOU! I challenge you to join my son and I in improving your own oral care, and to help children in need, by posting your own “Swish Selfies” to LISTERINE® Brand’s Facebook page ( Once there, you can learn more about the challenge, the partnership with Oral Health America, and check out a roundup of the best “Swish Selfie” photos of the week.

So get to Target, pick up your supplies and join me in the Listerine 21-Day Listerine Oral Health Challenge! And check back in 21 days to see how we did!

What is your (or your children’s) biggest oral health challenges?


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