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How good is your kid at brushing his teeth? (Hint: Probably not very!)

Almost every Friday night, our family celebrates the end of the week with a movie night complete with mosh pit of little bodies and blankets piled on the couch, pizza, and popcorn. The kids and I don’t always agree on the movie choice, but we all agree that sugary, delicious kettle corn is THE popcorn choice!

After brushing last Friday night, I decided to check the kid’s mouths to be sure they’d brushed well enough after all that popcorn.

I was totally grossed out to find that their teeth weren’t clean at all! Both Carson and Ella had done an awesome job of getting their front teeth cleaned, but their back teeth looked like they hadn’t brushed at all. I can’t fully blame them, I was distracted while they were brushing and it turns out, brushing alone misses 75% of our mouths.

We’re still getting into the brushing AND rinsing routine, so after I had the kids brush their teeth a second time, they also rinsed with their Listerine Kids Smart Rinse. Listerine Smart Rinse provides 12 hours of cavity protection and strengthens teeth 99% better than brushing alone. Carson chose the blue Phineas and Ferb Smart Rinse, while Ella chose the pink Barbie Smart Rinse.

I think about all those times that I haven’t checked their teeth after brushing. We’ve had family movie night every Friday for months and months, I can’t imagine how many nights that they’ve probably gone to bed with popcorn still hanging out on their teeth. Luckily for us, we’ve had nothing but good reports from the dentist so far–and I want it to stay that way!

Now that we’ve added rinsing to our nightly tooth brushing routine, I feel better knowing that even when I can’t see what’s left on their teeth, the Listerine Smart Rinse is helping get those teeth truly cleaned.

I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Kids Cavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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