Sweet Smart Challenge: Look Who’s Flossing

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Ding ding ding, time’s up! The Sweet Smart Challenge has come to an end and now it’s time for me to tell you all how we did. Jayden’s Halloween “week” was full of candy. He Trick-or-Treated at the the Orchard and Zoo, received a bag of treats at a party he attended, as well as another at school. Sounds crazy, right? Well, I suppose for many children, accumulating so many sweet treats would have been a challenge, but for us… not so much. Each of those 4 days, he was able to enjoy 3 pieces of candy and we monitored his choices. Of course all candy has the potential of getting stuck in teeth, but we made sure the pieces were small and less likely to get stuck in his teeth. His indulgences were followed by a good brushing and rinse with Smart Rinse. He has since forgotten all about his bag full of candy.

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When we took the Oral Care Challenge last Spring, one of the things we planned on doing in addition to rinsing was to incorporate flossing. Oh my goodness, flossing the teeth of a small child is no walk in the park. We planned on introducing Jayden to the Waterpik flosser. We failed initially, but I am happy to report that 2 seasons later, he’s got the hang of using his very own Waterpik flosser. He’s now more independent, coordinated, and less afraid of splashing water in his face. He’s expressed so much excitement adding water flossing to his regime.

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Jayden’s oral hygiene continues to improve and I have Listerine’s oral care challenges to thank for introducing him to mouth rinses and reminding me of tips and information that I may have otherwise forgotten in the midst of child rearing. I can’t wait to take another challenge!


I received products and compensation from Johnson & Johnson and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the #SweetSmart Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.

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