The following is a guest post from our sponsor, Listerine.
It seems like everyone's trying to find ways to save money these days. We're doing things like eating out less and unplugging our appliances when we're not using them (I had no idea how much electricity they used even when they weren't running).
But one area I'm not willing to cut corners on is anything to do with my family's health, including things like regular trips to the dentist for cleanings.
However, after I had to spend $200 getting my son's cavity filled, it occurred to me that one way to save money is to not have to spend it in the first place. Now, instead of screaming up the stairs "don't forget to brush!" I take a more hands-on approach. It turns out Listerine®, which I've been using forever, makes two products that are perfect for kids like mine. Listerine® Smart RinseTM, an anticavity fluoride rinse that helps my older one prevent cavities, and Listerine® Agent Cool Blue®, a tinting rinse to help my kindergartener learn better brushing.
I decided that if my kids learned to take better care of their teeth between professional cleanings then maybe we wouldn't have to shell out money for extra visits and fillings. For my little one that meant teaching her to brush her teeth thoroughly, and Agent Cool Blue® is an amazing tool to help her to do that. She rinses with it first so it tints her teeth blue enough for her to see where she has to brush. She knows that she's not done until all the blue is gone. Since it's almost like a game for her, she actually has fun doing it.
One down, one to go.
For the older one I have him rinse after he brushes. Smart RinseTM is a fluoride rinse, so it helps prevent cavities. And unlike other fluoride rinses, it also acts like a magnet attracting and tinting food particles and germs that can cause cavities and bad breath. When he spits into the sink he can see how much gunk was left behind by brushing alone. It gives him proof that he's keeping his mouth cleaner, which makes him love to use it everyday.
It's amazing how little changes can end up saving you big money. And honestly it's probably made us do things we should have been doing all along -- cooking at home, saving electricity, and taking better care of our mouths. And the way I look at it is that if I can save enough pennies, maybe I can splurge on a new pair of shoes. What? Who ever heard of splurging on fillings?
Here's another great way to save a little money-- snag a $1.00 off coupon for either LISTERINE® SMART RINSETM or LISTERINE® AGENT COOL BLUE® over at Listerinekids.com.