Listerine Healthy Habits for Lifetime Oral Care Challenge: Part One

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and it is something I feel all families should take very seriously.  After a recent scare with my own teeth (my last pregnancy left me with 7 cavities!), I am more certain than ever that good mouth health should start as soon as the little ones start trying to talk -- no kidding!

A lost tooth is something to smile about!
In preparation for my family's participation in an Oral Care Challenge, I attended a brief webinar to learn more about oral care and health.  Boy, did I apparently have a lot to learn:

First of all, I was thinking that getting my kids to the dentist by age 4 was pretty awesome.  It turns out that even sooner is better; kids can start seeing a pediatric dental professional as soon as they get teeth, or one year of age.  (If your dentist scoffs at the idea of bringing them in so young, it's a sign that they may not be the "pediatric" kind, if you know what I mean.)

Also, I was really disturbed to see that brushing your teeth alone still leaves 75% of the germs in your mouth (ewww.)  It makes me even more excited to be able to get my kids brushing, flossing, and using a mouthwash for their gum and dental health.  (Like this groovy Phineas and Ferb Anticavity Fluoride Rinse that my kids have taken a shine to.)

Over the next two weeks, we are getting serious about our dental health.  I don't want my kids to ever go to a dentist and get the awful news that they have to endure the drilling and filling of seven cavities.  Right now, they have perfect little mouths (as evidenced by their last dental visit, just 2 weeks ago.)  I will be using this challenge to get more consistent with when, and how, they care for their teeth!

If your family wants to join the challenge, you can get effective tips and great pricing on oral care products at this Walmart page.  Let us know in the comments if you'll be following along at home!

We will be back before March 16 to tell you which products worked best for my family, as well as any tips we really like to keep our routine simple and fun!

*I received products and compensation from Johnson & Johnson and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the Oral Care Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are that of my own.