Update: LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge

Monday, March 2, 2015
This post is brought to you by Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood.

Today ends my 21-day LISTERINE® Challenge. With only tonight remaining in the challenge, I wanted to update you on my overall progress and observations.

I have diligently been swishing morning and night for the past three weeks. There were hectic mornings when I felt that I couldn't spare 30 seconds to rinse, but I did it. There were also evenings when I just wanted to fall into bed right after brushing, but I didn't want to skip even one opportunity to rinse.

About five days into the challenge, I started to notice a difference in the way my teeth felt. They felt cleaner, smoother. And my breath was fresher for a longer period of time after regular, twice daily rinsing.

Throughout the duration of the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge, I used the antiseptic rinse and the handheld flosser. I've been using the LISTERINE® flosser for years. It makes flossing your teeth so simple and so convenient. If you dread flossing or altogether avoid it, I highly recommend purchasing one of these flossers. It's a game-changer.

Half way through the challenge, I began using the LISTERINE® toothpaste. At first, I didn't care for the flavor. It was very strong, but I quickly adjusted to it and found it to be a great accompaniment to the LISTERINE® antiseptic rinse. The two combined help to prolong the minty-fresh effects of the rinse.

In conjunction with the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge, I also adopted healthier eating habits. So much of what we eat affects our dental health. In addition to tackling my oral health with LISTERINE®, I thought it would also be beneficial to adjust my diet as well. I have a huge sweet tooth. I decided to give up chocolate, as in candy, cake, cookies, hot chocolate, and any other food containing chocolate.

Instead I stocked up on fresh fruits and vegetable and lots of lemons for my water. Rather than reaching for a handful of mini chocolates, I am reaching for grapes or baby carrots. Better for me. Better for my teeth. The expert advice I received as part of the challenge was very encouraging and helped to keep me going.

From starting my day with fruit to healthy substitutes for desserts to eating only in the kitchen, the
expert tips were things I never really gave a second thought to. I am no longer eating at my desk. I eat breakfast and lunch in the kitchen rather than in my office as I catch up on emails.

I was surprised by how easy it was to get into a daily habit of rinsing with LISTERINE® twice per day. I was thrilled that my family was all too willing to participate and try the array of LISTERINE® products that were sent to us.

Visit Walgreen's for to purchase the tools you need to take your very own LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. During this week (March 1st), you can purchase LISTERINE® Antiseptic for only $4.49. A great price that's sure to incent you to keep rinsing!

I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card to facilitate this post and for my participation in the 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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