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Casey Mullins of moosh in indy is widely known for her unintentional authenticity and honesty on topics ranging from antenatal depression, parenting, pregnancy, and nipple hair. Her ability to relate to others through difficult feelings, situations, emotions and experiences earned her the #19 spot on Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers last year. As the mom of two little girls, Addie, born in 2004, and Vivi, born in 2011, Casey finds some of her greatest inspiration, hope, fodder, and embarrassment courtesy of these two wild and precious little people. More than anything, Casey believes in the healing properties of sunshine, the power of naps, the wonder of babies, the magic of birthday cake, and the pure awesome that are cats.

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Tales from the Tooth: Mouthwash Makes for More Romance

By caseymullins |

How kissable are you?

Sure! This series is about kids and their oral care habits, specifically when it comes to using mouthwash properly. However, according to Dr. Lott one of the best ways to teach is to do when it comes to caring for teeth. Addie may not love rinsing each night, but she’s seen both Cody and me suffer through it do it so there’s not much of an argument when it comes to convincing her it’s something the whole family does. It also helps that we can threaten her with our grown up Listerine.

I’m kidding, I wouldn’t threaten my kid with mouth burning Listerine.

And lest you think mouth burning Listerine is a bad thing, I just bought the kind with no alcohol and it’s not nearly as satisfying as the real stuff.

But enough about kids! Here’s what I really want to talk about, good oral care between husband and wife means more kisses, and guess what I like? Kisses.

I once had a girlfriend who complained her boyfriend’s breath always smelled like milk when they kissed. She didn’t know how to approach it and it grossed her out every single time she thought about having to kiss him. Needless to say that relationship didn’t last very long. When you’re young it’s easy to believe that your mouth is invincible and will never suffer morning mouth rot, but whoa, are you wrong.  I’ve always been very aware of my breath, especially once Addie found the words to tell me how bad it was when I woke up. One of my biggest pet peeves with Hollywood is when actors make out first thing in the morning.


I’m sure there are some people out there with impeccable oral care but even then, could you really pucker up (open mouth!) with your lover first thing in the morning? More power to you if that’s your thing.

The good Listerine keeps me from becoming wildly offensive come morning and makes both of us doubly appealing at night time.  No one wants to snuggle into bed with their partner breathing swamp air all over them, that’s not how we further the species and our relationships! I’d like to think that if we all cared about our breath as old married people as we did in the throes of courtship and dating this world would be a much more kissable place.

“I didn’t rinse with Listerine.” it’s the new “I have a headache, leave me alone.”

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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Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer, and nice person living in Indianapolis with her two little girls, husband, and a one eyed cat. She writes regularly at her personal blog moosh in indy and can be found trolling local bakeries and napping whenever possible. Read bio and latest posts → Read Casey's latest posts →

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