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Tales from the Tooth: 30 Days of Swish

Oh Addie. She’s a funny little bird.

She loves seaweed salad, avocados and I practically have to fight her off when we have salmon for dinner. but when it comes to candy? She won’t touch the stuff.

We tried to give her a jellybean once and she looked at us as though we were trying to poison her. Lots of people offer her suckers and look at me with confusion when she turns them down. Hey, I don’t know where she got it from, double the Tootsie Pops for me!

While it may seem like a blessing that my kid doesn’t like candy (and I’m grateful that it’s not a battle I have to fight with her) she does love chocolate and baked goods. Last Halloween a dentist on the news actually said chocolate is preferable since it melts rather than lodging itself in teeth like many fruity candy and gummy treats. Whoo! However, since Addie is so picky about her treats it’s hard to find oral care products she’ll actually use and enjoy. (As of right now there’s no brownie flavored toothpaste on the market.)

Bubblegum! Sparkle mint! Fruit punch! Yay! So many fun flavors that I never got as a kid (we were stuck with boring old mint toothpaste from the very beginning.) Addie loathes all of them. “MINT IS TOO SPICY!”  and “BUBBLEGUM IS GROSS.” Oh child.

My dad tried to tell her how he only used baking soda as a kid, Addie couldn’t comprehend it, I on the other hand could because my dad made us use pure baking soda on occasion. Blech.

When it comes to brushing and rinsing we’ve had to take the approach that “three minutes twice a day of flavors you don’t like won’t kill you.” Letting her pick out her gross tasting (to her) products has helped tremendously. She knows we don’t buy products based off of who is on them, but there are times when I’m secretly thankful Phineas and Ferb are selling toothbrushes and Barbie is selling mouthwash.

“Hey mom! That mouthwash wasn’t the greatest, BUT I SURVIVED!”

That’s the spirit kid.

We have a reward calendar going in her bathroom, tracking her good brushing and swishing habits. When it’s full I’m not sure what will happen, I’ve still got two weeks to figure it out. It’s becoming more about doing it and doing it properly than the end reward, I’m not sure if she can tell her mouth is cleaner or she’s just trying to make me happy, but it’s working.

Do your kids put up a fight when it comes to flavors of toothpaste and mouthwash? I for one prefer a good minty burn at the end of my toothbrushing routine.

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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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