Better Family Oral Care With Listerine Heroic Habits

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The MamaZone: Build Heroic Habits with Listerine

LISTERINE’s Heroic Habits Follow-up

It’s been a few weeks since my first post on LISTERINE’s Heroic Habits campaign, so I’m back with an update. I hope you’ve been focusing a bit more on your kids’ oral habits. I know it’s not easy, but just know you’re not the only mom facing the challenge!

LISTERINE is shining a light on our efforts to keep our families healthy with a campaign they’re calling Heroic Habits. They recognize the creativity and hard work involved in cultivating healthy habits at home and they’re celebrating that work with fun videos of America’s Healthiest Heroes.

Now, I’ve been thinking about all the things I’ve done to encourage my kids to take better care of their oral health. I can’t say that I would describe my efforts as heroic, but I’ve definitely been putting in some work. See if you can relate.

The MamaZone: Family Oral Care with Listerine Heroic Habits

  1. Buy cute toothbrushes for the kids.
  2. Buy toothpaste in cartoon-themed packaging.
  3. Use a toothbrushing timer that rings after 2 minutes.
  4. Use a toothbrushing timer that plays the Birthday song.
  5. Hide fresh breath in their back-packs (try the LISTERINE PocketPaks).
  6. Sing the Birthday song wild the kids brush their teeth.
  7. Teach the kids to hum the birthday song while they are brushing their teeth.
  8. Position the dentist as the bad guy who will yell at them if they do not brush their teeth.
  9. Buy kid-friendly flossers.
  10. Brush their teeth for them.
  11. Hang signs on the bathroom mirror.
  12. Put checklists on the bedroom door.
  13. Write messages on the mirror.
  14. Remind yourself that they’re small and these teeth will fall out anyway.
  15. Floss at random moments to trigger their internal flossing reflex.
  16. Reward them with sugary treats for brushing twice a day.
  17. Take them for ice cream after a successful check up at the dentist.
  18. Yell at them to remember to brush their teeth before school and bed.
  19. Buy extra toothbrushes for those times when you find the old one behind the toilet.
  20. Buy electric toothbrushes so you can hear the sound from anywhere in the house and confirm they’re brushing.
  21. Keep extra toothpaste and toothbrushes in the glove compartment just in case.
  22. Use a sticker chart to track their brushing habits.
  23. Nag them about making sure they brush everyday (did I already say that?)

I know this list runs the gamut from useful and practical to downright shameful. The point is that we do a lot to encourage our kids to practice healthy habits and some of it actually works. In my case, I have found that buying kid-sized, kid-friendly products has gone a long way toward keeping my kids on top of things (LISTERINE Smart Rinse is now a staple because of that). It’s also helped to teach them “the why” of healthy habits–the more they know, the easier things become.

The bottom line is that we find what works through trial and error, but the important thing is not to give up. Keep telling yourself they’ll get it eventually (at least that’s what I do!) and trust that they will.


Shop for LISTERINE products to help you meet the challenge!

One more thing. If we forget about any part of the oral care routine in our house, it’s usually flossing. And since I’m guessing that we’re not alone, I’d like to do a quick floss giveaway along with five bucks for you to spend on oral health. Enter below!

The MamaZone: Enter to Win Listerine Floss and a Target GiftCard

Entering is easy. Just leave a comment telling me something you’ve done to encourage healthy oral habits! By the way, Insiders receive 10 extra entries into the giveaway of their choice, so if you aren’t already receiving my Insider Newsletter, that’s a great way to enter AND earn bonus entries (sign up now!).

The giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will end November 7th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. The winner will have 24 hours to reply after being notified by email. Listerine is not sponsoring this contest–it’s my gift to you.

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  • Tara O.

    I have a hard time brushing my daughter’s teeth – she’s 4. I started telling her a story each time I brush her teeth and it’s helped so much!

    • zonemom

      That’s a great idea!

  • Shannon Baas

    By modeling how to brush teeth.

  • Virginia Rowell

    I use music in the bathroom. Brush your teeth for one whole song and we have our flavored mouthwash.

  • Trisha Kilpatrick

    I let my kids choose their own toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, and rinse.

  • Elena Istomina

    We brush teeth together to make it more fun

  • Birdiebee

    I let my grandkids pick out the type of toothpaste, toothbrush and floss that they want. In addition, they get a gift card of their choice is they don’t have any cavities after going to the dentist for a checkup.

  • abfantom

    I encourage healthy oral care by setting a good example for my daughter.

    I keep my teeth healthy by brushing at least twice daily, floss every night and rinse with mouthwash.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  • jenmalonee

    We have a routine of brushing in the morning and night.

  • Chelsey

    I always encourage brushing two times per day and flossing daily in my home!

  • cynthiac

    I gave my nephew an electric toothbrush for his birthday. Not the most exciting gift, but very beneficial. (He got some fun stuff, too LOL!)

  • Amy

    I believe in example so make sure to brush my own teeth with an electric toothbrush.

  • lazybones344

    I have to remind the kids to brush their teeth every time. Hopefully it’ll become a habit eventually.
    Denise S

  • dglitter

    I taught my children from little on about good oral hygiene. and why it’s important.

  • Diana Castro

    I keep my teeth healthy by brushing at least twice daily, floss every night.

  • Amanda Whitley

    i make a routine of it and keep a sticker chart.

  • Erica

    I make sure my son brushes twice daily. I still brush for him (he’s 6) and his dentist actually recommends that I do it for as long as he will allow me to : )

  • Jenn Short

    I have a note in the bathroom reminding everyone to brush their teeth!

  • Danielle Marie

    i explain to them my teeth problems. they see what i went through. scare tactis for the win!


  • tatertot374

    I like to sing a song while brushing and have taught my children the same.

  • steve weber

    you make a routine with a sticker chart.. works every time

  • KPort207

    I play music during brushing time to make it fun.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  • I set a timer for brushing teeth.

  • Debra Hall

    all my kids are grown,but i tell my grandson how important brushing is

  • Leigh Anne Borders

    By being a role model.

  • Sarah Jestings

    I practice what I preach and when my kids were little I would make it fun for them.

  • Joni Dolniak

    The dentist did speak to them about dental hygiene and I am there to see that it gets done.

  • Erica Carnes

    We brush twice a day.

  • Brittney House

    We brush after every meal.

  • AngelaCisco

    I am constantly reminding the kids to brush

  • Lisa Voyce

    We started as early as possible to teach good habits.

  • Jovan B.

    Its just me but I encourage myself to keep up with brushing my teeth and flossing because stuff is always getting stuck in between my teeth.

  • Kimberly Deallovingrandma Stcl

    We started healthy habits at a very young age!!

  • Carolyn Daley

    Lead by example. Set a routine of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at night.

  • Laurie Emerson

    I started a routine when the kids were little and tried to make it fun. They do it now out of habit and love it when they get a no cavity report from the dentist.

  • Lisa Pecora

    We just try to have a routine and stick with it. We always have cavities and hate going to the dentist so we try to prevent them as much as possible.

  • tallcapp

    I have made it a habit with them as it is for me.

  • Betty Curran

    We made it a habit when the children were little and now it’s part of the routine.

  • tammy farrar

    we use a timer

  • susan1215

    I make a routine of it and keep a sticker chart

  • Lisa Garner

    We brush every night together so my youngest see’s how long I brush and how I floss.

  • Vikki Billings

    We just make sure that everyone brushes after each meal. Its simple and has always worked for us.

  • Bryan E.

    Thanks for the giveaway…we taught our kids that it was fun to brush their teeth every day; we let them choose their own toothbrushes when we go shopping.

  • susansmoaks

    we encourage healthy habits by giving a good example and making the kids brush teeth morning and night

  • Sand

    Make it a habit by flossing and brushing before going to bed and brushing after waking up.

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