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Hey, Where’s Cavity?

My kids had their yearly dental check-up recently, and by yearly I mean the first time in years because we didn’t have dental insurance and got by on regular flossing and a surplus of apples. Times are tight, people.

So we went to the dentist and the youngest was fine, but the oldest, the one that doesn’t believe in my apples as preventative care theory, had some cavities. He wasn’t happy.

Luckily, the cavities were in his baby teeth, which still required fillings, but will one day be lost to the wind like so many lessons learned.

In the meantime, his immediate response was a positive call to action, and despite the $50 copay, it was a deal as far as lessons go.

The dentist asked if the kids used mouthwash, and I had to admit that they didn’t. It was an awkward moment for all of us. She suggested they use a fluoride rinse.

“Flo Rida?” I asked.

“No,” she said. “Fluoride rinse.”

And so we went to the store and bought some.

I thought it was going to be a tough sell, because the fluoride experience at the dentist office hadn’t been met with much enthusiasm. However, Listerine® Smart Rinse® was smart enough to put the second coolest brother duo I know (Disney’s Phineas and Ferb) on the label, and then I couldn’t keep my boys from using it.

Turns out they liked it.

These days we include Listerine® Smart Rinse® as part of our brushing, flossing, and apple routine (not necessarily in that order), and hopefully our next visit to the dentist will leave everyone asking, “Hey, where’s cavity?”

Get it?

You can use that.

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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