Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tips for Effective Oral Care, Plus a New Toothpaste and Mouthwash from LISTERINE!

Both of my twins have each had a small cavity in their teeth, and now that one of my twins has braces, he has to be even more careful to practice good oral care. Thanks to LISTERINE, our whole family knows what to do now to minimize the risk of further cavities thanks to these excellent oral care tips from John Dodes, DDS:

Don’t ignore that reminder card!
Nearly 75 percent of American adults suffer from various forms of periodontal (gum) disease and don’t know it. Visiting your dentist twice a year is the best way to maintain good oral health and treat problems early that may be both costly and painful down the road.

Brushing teeth alone misses around 75 percent of your mouth, leaving millions of germs behind. That’s why adding a therapeutic mouthwash like LISTERINE® Ultraclean to your daily routine is essential to maintaining a proper oral care routine. Make it a goal to brush using a fluoride toothpaste, floss once daily and rinse for 30 seconds twice a day.

The World Isn’t Flat And Neither Is Your Mouth.
Brushing and flossing clean teeth and gums, but teeth make up less than half of your mouth. Whether you prefer the powerful sensation of LISTERINE® Antiseptic, prefer a less intense, zero alcohol formula, or would like to brighten up that smile with a whitening solution, make sure you’re getting your whole mouth clean. LISTERINE® brand offers a variety of products including LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE ZERO, which cater to every oral care need and preference.

Technique Matters.
There’s a proper way to brush and floss. If you’re unfamiliar with the correct technique, ask your dentist or dental hygienist for help. You can also visit the American Dental’s Association’s website to watch some great tutorials on proper technique.

Listerine has also developed some new products to improve your oral care regimen. They include:

This new mouthwash was designed to give you a “dentist clean” feeling in your mouth, and it certainly does! I love how the feeling lasts long after I use this mouthwash. It also contains an anti-tartar ingredient to help control tartar build-up. I love the Cool Mint flavor I’ve been using, too! Mouthwash isn’t just for keeping your breath smelling fresh, although it certainly does that. But it’s part of a complete oral care plan to control tartar, and kill plaque and gingivitis germs. No wonder Listerine is the #1 dentist-recommended brand!

Of course, brushing with an effective toothpaste is just as important in good oral care. I suggest you pick up a tube of LISTERINE® WHITENING® Original Gel! This gives me the same “aaahhh” feeling in my mouth as the mouthwash does, with plenty of benefits. It helps to remove surface stains on teeth so they look whiter. It reduces tartar so you’re less likely to get those stains in the first place. And it even restores enamel to help your teeth stay strong! I’ve been using this toothpaste now for several weeks, and I love it!

Not only does practicing good oral care give you health benefits, but it has also been linked to increased confidence (95 percent), social connections (87 percent), and job success (60 percent), according to the “Healthy Mouths” report from the makers of LISTERINE Whitening. I hope you’ll follow Dr. Dodes’ tips and pick up some new LISTERINE ULTRACLEAN Mouthwash and WHITENING Original Gel for your family for healthier and happier smiles!


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