The age-old question: how do you teach them to brush better?

The following is a guest post from Listerine Kids :

It's not exactly a surprise that my version of clean bears absolutely no resemblance to my 6-year-old daughter's version of clean. If it did then I wouldn't find muddy footprints in my kitchen when I've asked her to wipe her feet or toys all over the den. And, I wouldn't wonder if, when it's time for her to brush her teeth, the toothbrush went anywhere near her mouth.

The truth is that I can live with a messy floor, but not a messy mouth.  Unfortunately, getting her to do a good job brushing her teeth had become a total struggle. Then I found out that Listerine®, which I've been using forever, has a product called Listerine® Agent Cool Blue®, a tinting rinse that's made just for kids like mine.

As moms we can tell them how important learning to brush better is until we're blue in the face, but I decided to let Listerine® Agent Cool Blue® do the talking for me. I had her rinse her mouth with the bright blue liquid and then asked her to smile at the mirror. The stunned look on his face was priceless.

 Agent Cool Blue® had tinted her teeth so that she could really pay attention to how well she brushed. I gave her the toothbrush and toothpaste and let her go to town on the "blue goo" (her term, not mine). I had never seen her brush so thoroughly. The bright blue color showed her exactly where she had brushed and where she had missed so that she knew she wasn't finished until she had brushed off every speck. Now she can't wait to go head to head, or tooth to tooth as the case may be, with Listerine® Agent Cool Blue®, because it's a fun way for her to learn to brush better. My kid looking forward to brushing?  It's nothing short of a miracle.

So, why argue about good brushing habits until you're blue in the face when all it takes is making them blue in the tooth? Listerine® Agent Cool Blue®, I totally owe you one.

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