This is a sponsored post. I received LISTERINE Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. as part of my participation in this project. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Is your mouth a clean mouth? Are you sure?
Did you know that brushing your teeth alone misses 75% of your mouth, leaving millions of germs behind? Left untreated, these germs can lead to oral care issues such as plaque and gingivitis. LISTERINE Antiseptic cleans virtually 100% of your mouth to achieve up to five times healthier gums in two weeks and up to nine times healthier gums in four weeks.
Pretty sobering information, right? I honestly thought that brushing alone did more! I wish I’d known this and taken it to heart when I was younger too.
I now have a few key LISTERINE products in my daily oral health routine. I was previously using a different brand of toothpaste and thought it left my mouth feeling clean, but I didn’t know what a clean mouth felt like until I tried LISTERINE Essential Care toothpaste. It literally felt clean four hours after I brushed, and even ate.
A recent national survey revealed the health of one’s mouth has a surprising and significant impact on how others perceive many aspects of one’s life – from opinions about success in romantic relationships and career, to assumptions about overall health and hygiene. There is a cool graphic at the bottom of this post that lays out those statistics.
Oral health is something that can’t be ignored. It impacts our life in every way. Imagine going on a first date with someone who has bad breath, would there be a second date?
More than 7 in 10 Americans consider bad breath to be a “deal breaker” in new relationships (76%), more so than spitting when talking (72%), chewing with an open mouth (62%), not offering to pay (59%) and texting in the middle of a meal (56%).
Don’t be the one not asked on a second date because you didn’t use LISTERINE products twice a day!
This statistic cracks me up… Most people would prefer having sweat stains or toilet paper stuck on their foot over bad breath when meeting someone new. I’m on that train of belief.
Many of the oral care issues that Americans experience can be prevented, and adding LISTERINE as part of a twice-daily oral care routine can help ensure your mouth is always on your side.
One of the biggest battles I have with my 12 year old is that I still have to tell him to brush his teeth, grab his soccer ball as we head to soccer practice, pack his lunch box in his backpack. I feel that at 12, I really shouldn’t have to be reminding him of these things still. At 12 he is also of age to accept the consequences of forgetting his soccer ball by running extra laps, or eating cheese and crackers if he forgets his lunch.
But I’m not willing to let him deal with the consequences of bad oral health. It can set him up for so many negative experiences later in life in his chosen career, future (like in 20 years) relationships, and in long-term healthy/hygiene issues.
So, I will continue to remind him to brush until he does it on his own.
He is also armed with LISTERINE Smart Rinse to catch that 75% of his mouth that brushing has missed. He’s a smart one so when I explain the negative impacts of poor oral health he gets it. Hmmm… so why do I still have to remind him to brush?
LISTERINE also has this fabulous Ultraclean mint floss. I’m a flosser and I have floss in my desk, my purse, my car. I would rather have toilet paper stuck on my shoe that be caught without floss so I guess I am part of that statistic too.
Join in on the #LISTERINE twitter party October 27, 2015 at noon ET. I’ll be there! The twitter party will last for one hour and each tweet with the hashtag #LISTERINE between October 1 and December 1, 2015 will trigger a $10 donation from LISTERINE to Oral Health America, up to $40,000, to help educate communities about the importance of proper oral care.
Here is a great infographic from LISTERINE about the social impact of poor oral health. There are some shocking statistics in there that are definitely worth taking note!