I hate the dentist.
Yes, I realize that hate is a strong word and I should probably say that I hate the idea of the dentist. I don’t actually hate the person that is my dentist.
You see, one time, I was 7 years old. I distincly remember going to a dentist with my mom. I had to get a tooth pulled. There was a HUGE storm outside and the dentist was in the basement of some building. My mom came back into the office with me. I was in the middle of the procedure and…THE LIGHTS WENT OUT! Yep. They made my mom leave because I was hysterical and they felt like she was making it worse. That was the day I started hating the dentist. As I have gotten older and especially since I have had kids, I have been able to hide my fear but I still don’t like going. Not.at.all.
I will do anything I can to avoid a dreaded filling. Thank gosh it has been years.
I was just at the dentist for a cleaning the other day. I had this AWESOME hygenist Christine this time (a huge refresher from the lady before her with NO personality). We talked for the first time in my life about the whys of flossing and the proper way to do it. I left armed with some really helpful suggestions.
Off I went, this time to Target to make my purchases. I left with some Reach floss, Listerine Smart Rinse, Antiseptic, and Whitening Original Gel Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste.
I am embarking on a 21 Day Challenge, a Listerine 21 Day Challenge to be exact. Right now, I wake up in the morning, and brush my teeth. Dare I say, I rarely floss and when I do, my gums bleed. AHHH!!! I know, it’s bad! I am changing up my routine for the next 21 days. Adding one extra minute into each day to brush, swish around Listerine Antiseptic and then floss – twice a day! I am actually really excited about adding in an extra step at the end of a day full of eating.
This is a great example to set for my kids, taking care of our teeth twice a day.
Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing photos of myself swishing (cause I know you want to see:) and you should too! For every person that posts a “Swish Selfie” to Listerine Brands Facebook Page, they will contribute $5 to Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America Program (SAA) (up to $85,000). SAA affords care for children who don’t have regular dental visits due to lack of coverage, transportation, or other barriers.
Stay tuned for my updates on this challenge!
* Disclosure: I received a Target gift card with which to purchase Listerine Brand Products from Johnson and Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the Listerine 21 Day Challenge. All stories and thoughts and opinions given above are my own!