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My New Healthy Oral Care Routine: Brush, Rinse, Floss, Repeat!

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They say the older you get, the faster time passes. Whomever said that couldn’t be more right. Especially the last couple of weeks since I started my 2015 LISTERINE® Challenge. Where did that time go?

I’m happy to report that I formed a new habit since I first wrote about starting my 2015 LISTERINE® Challenge – and a good habit at that! I have been rinsing day and night with my LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE®. After only two weeks, I’ve truly formed a new oral care habit. I know this because, after brushing my teeth now, I automatically reach for the LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE® without even thinking.


I admit, I’m still not a fan of the original flavour of LISTERINE® that my partner uses, however, the LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE®  has, in my opinion, a very appealing minty flavour that leaves my mouth feeling so fresh and clean. And I mean clean! I love the way my mouth feels after rinsing with LISTERINE®  TOTAL CARE®.  Another reason I am a big fan of LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE® is because it’s not harsh like some mouthwashes I have tried in the past. It leaves my mouth feeling clean and tingly – without leaving my mouth and lips feeling like they are on fire. Yes, I want my mouthwash to kill the germs/bacteria that cause gum disease, but not burn my mouth!

Then there is the flossing. If you remember, I told you I’ve never been much of a flosser.  Well, even that has changed. The flavoured floss makes flossing much more enjoyable (if you can call it that!), and I’m rather intrigued by the tiny flexible MICRO-GROOVES® of the LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE® floss. My old eyes can’t see the MICRO-GROOVES®, but my fingers can feel them! The quality of this floss is definitely better than what I usually get from my dentist (don’t tell him that!). I was amazed…no make that shocked…at what the floss dug out from between my teeth. As a result of the 2015 LISTERINE® Challenge, I’ve decided that flossing should be done daily – and not just after eating corn-on-the-cob!

I used to think that bleeding gums were a sign of brushing too hard, or in my case, flossing too hard when I actually did floss. Thanks to LISTERINE®, I now know it’s a sign of early gum disease. My gums are no longer bleeding when I floss. Maybe that’s because of my new oral health care routine? After all, LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE® kills 99.9% of germs that cause early gum disease and reverses early gum disease in just two weeks*!


My positive experience with the 2015 LISTERINE® Challenge makes me wish I had started this healthy oral care routine a long time ago. I never want to end up like others I know who have lost their teeth to gum disease, including my own parents. Both my mother and father have either a full or a partial plate in their mouths. Back when they were growing up, they did not have access to great products like LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE® to help keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy. From now on, I will continue to use LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE® so that I don’t one day end up with my partner having to leave a sign like this on my bathroom mirror!


So what about you? Go on! Take The 2015 LISTERINE® Challenge for your chance to win $20,000‡ What have you got to lose? Early gum disease? Bad breath? Get rinsing Canada!

The 2015 LISTERINE® Challenge runs from January 27th, 2015 to July 15, 2015, so if you haven’t already taken the challenge, there is still plenty of time left to enter! The challenge is only open to Canadians (except Quebec). 

In the meantime, we’ve been given the opportunity to provide Canadian Blog House readers the chance to WIN your very own LISTERINE® kit! It’s a fantastic kit full of all kinds of LISTERINE® products you need to help get you on the road to a healthy oral care routine!

Here’s how you can enter for your chance to WIN:

***This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only (excluding Quebec residents). Readers can enter across multiple blogs, but can only win once.

The giveaway on Canadian Blog House is in no way administered by Johnson & Johnson Inc.

*with twice daily brushing. Consult with dentist if gingivitis symptoms persist or worsen.

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Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Inc., the makers of LISTERINE® the opinions and thoughts are my own.

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  1. May 9, 2015

    Angela Mitchell

    I brush 2 to 3 times a day and floss a few times a week.

  2. May 8, 2015

    Brenda Lacourciere

    I brush once a day, floss once and rinse about once a week

  3. May 8, 2015


    I brush often but I am lazy when it comes to flossing and rinsing.

  4. May 7, 2015

    Chris Stockford

    Brush twice a day

  5. May 6, 2015

    Silvia D

    Brush,floss and mouthwash 2 times a day or more if needed.

  6. May 6, 2015

    Jennifer P.

    I brush after breakfast and before going to bed. I rinse a few times a week, usually before bed but sometimes before work too.

  7. May 5, 2015

    sunshine h

    I brush once a day for sure, but I try for two. I floss about 1/week. I know…I need to do it more often.

  8. May 5, 2015

    sara rai

    I brush twice a day, rinse with mouthwash. Slacking with flossing.

  9. May 5, 2015

    Bo Simms

    I brush after every meal and floss once a day before sleep

  10. May 5, 2015

    Jennifer L.

    I brush 3x a day and floss once.

  11. May 4, 2015

    Kelley Moore

    I brush twice daily

  12. May 3, 2015


    brush & rinse twice a day, floss at night,

  13. May 3, 2015

    naiddia p

    I brush and floss twice a day and use mouthwash once a day.

  14. May 2, 2015

    Cassey C

    I brush my teeth and also use floss daily

  15. May 2, 2015

    Judy Cowan

    I brush twice a day and floss once. Need to get back into rinsing.

  16. May 2, 2015

    Victoria Ess

    I brush and floss twice daily.

  17. May 2, 2015

    Kevin L

    I brush before breakfast, brush and floss mid-day, and brush + floss + mouthwash before bed.

  18. May 2, 2015


    Brush twice, rinse once, and floss rarely

  19. May 2, 2015


    I brush twice a day and floss once a day.

  20. May 1, 2015


    I brush 2 times a day, floss once a week and rinse a couple times a week

  21. April 30, 2015

    Dawn Walsh

    i brush three times a day now I floss only once in awhile I go to the dentist every six months

  22. April 29, 2015

    Kristi Renout

    I brush twice a day, but don’t floss nearly as often as I should.

  23. April 29, 2015

    Andrei O

    Brush twice a day….really should floss more but I hate it lol

  24. April 29, 2015

    Eldon L

    I brush twice a day

  25. April 28, 2015

    Nate Fuller

    I brush 2 to 3 ti,es daily and floss once as well!

  26. April 28, 2015


    I brush and floss a minimum twice a day

  27. April 28, 2015

    Gillian Morgan

    I floss after each meal, brush after each meal, but I only use mouth wash twice a day.

  28. April 28, 2015

    Amie E

    Brush , floss , mouthwash repeat before bed or after big meals 😀

  29. April 27, 2015

    Susanne McCarthy

    Brush twice daily, floss once and rinse with Crest Pro Health

  30. April 27, 2015

    Lindsay T

    Brush & floss daily with the occasional rinse.

  31. April 27, 2015


    Brush, floss and rinse at least twice a day.

  32. April 27, 2015

    Tammy Dalley

    I brush 3 times a day and floss once a day

  33. April 27, 2015

    Erica Seaman

    Brush twice and floss and rinse once a day.

  34. April 27, 2015

    Belinda McNabb

    i brush twice a day and floss once

  35. April 27, 2015

    Angela M

    I brush twice daily 🙂

  36. April 27, 2015

    Julie G.

    I brush twice a day and floss once, but rinse only a couple times a week. Need to work on that.

  37. April 27, 2015

    Gary Lin

    I brush in the morning and before going to bed.

  38. April 27, 2015

    Kim K

    I brush twice a daily, floss before bedtime and use mouthwash after each brushing. I rinse with mouthwash after lunch and have dental floss picks on hand if I need them. Thanks for the chance.

  39. April 27, 2015

    Maggie C

    I brush twice a day, floss at night and mouthwash at night.

  40. April 27, 2015

    Heidi c.

    I brush at least twice daily, floss once at night and occasionally rinse when I remember to.

  41. April 27, 2015


    I brush twice a day, and floss once before bed.

  42. April 27, 2015


    Brush twice, floss as needed and rinse multiple times a day 🙂

  43. April 27, 2015

    Gina bergman

    Daily brushes flosser and listeriner.

  44. April 26, 2015

    Guillaume Rouillier

    Brush twice a day

  45. April 26, 2015

    Janice Wong

    Brush twice a day.

  46. April 26, 2015


    I brush at least twice a day and try to floss and rinse daily.

  47. April 26, 2015

    Rachel C.

    I try to brush, floss and use mouthwash twice a day (morning and evening). Sometimes I get a little lazy… =\

  48. April 26, 2015

    Jay Jeworski

    I brush twice daily

  49. April 26, 2015

    Tina L.

    I brush twice a day.

  50. April 26, 2015

    Michelle Austin

    Brush morning lunch and dinner floss before bed

  51. April 26, 2015

    andrea amy

    i brush twice a day, and I try to remember to floss every night. I rarely rinse though because I generally don’t have mouthwash in the house

  52. April 25, 2015

    ivy pluchinsky

    floss daily

  53. April 25, 2015

    Sunshine G

    I brush twice and sometimes three times a day, but only floss around three or four times a week…by the time bedtime hits, I’m so tired that I often forget!

  54. April 25, 2015

    Emily Marie

    I brush twice a day and floss once a day. The odd time I will use a mouthwash but I find them harsh as you mentioned. Though when my husband gets the Total Care kind you mentioned I use it more often because you are right, it has far less kick.

  55. April 25, 2015


    I brush after every meal, or about 2-3 times a day and I floss once a week!

  56. April 24, 2015

    Florence C

    Brush after every meal and floss at night.

  57. April 24, 2015

    lynn clayton

    2 times a day floss and rinse

  58. April 24, 2015


    I brush and rinse three times a day but I don’t floss near as often as I should

  59. April 24, 2015

    zahra premji

    Brush once a day, mouthwash twice a day and floss every other day

  60. April 24, 2015

    Juliee Fitze

    I brush , floss and rinse twice a day.

  61. April 24, 2015


    brush, floss and rinse

  62. April 24, 2015

    Karla Sceviour

    I brush twice a day,and rinse once!

  63. April 24, 2015

    Amy C

    I brush twice a day, floss once and use mouthwash once a day.

  64. April 24, 2015


    I brush twice a day, sometimes 3 times but I dont floss everyday and I know I should eeeek!

  65. April 24, 2015

    Chris Stockford

    Brush Twice a day!

  66. April 23, 2015

    lori b

    I rinse and floss once a day and brush twice a day

  67. April 23, 2015


    I am a stickler for dental health – brush a minimum of twice, but usually three times a day and floss at least once a day. Not a fan of any rinse I’ve tried.

  68. April 23, 2015

    Andrew P

    Brush twice a day, floss once a day and rinse once a day

  69. April 23, 2015

    Debbie Zyla

    rinse in morning and brush at night

  70. April 23, 2015

    Gene D

    i use a waterpik.

  71. April 23, 2015

    Josh S

    Brush twice a day, rinse once a day….i need to floss more often than I do though!

  72. April 23, 2015

    Marilyn Legault

    I brush morning and night and floss a few times a week. I need to improve.

  73. April 23, 2015

    Maegan Morin

    Every night I brush, mouth wash, and floss. In the morning I just use mouth wash.

  74. April 23, 2015

    Nicole Jubleew

    I brush twice a day and try to floss daily.

  75. April 23, 2015


    I brush my teeth once a day and floss much less than I should!

  76. April 23, 2015

    Tracy D

    Brushing twice a day and floss after meals. I kind of have a floss addiction 😉

  77. April 23, 2015


    I brush 2-3 times a day and try to floss daily.

  78. April 23, 2015

    michelle tremblett

    I brush and rinse day and night, I really do my best to remember flossing but ummmm… it gets forgotten a couple times a week :/

  79. April 23, 2015

    La Cuisine d'Helene

    I do floss at night, try to use Listerine twice a day and also brush after I eat.

  80. April 23, 2015

    Brandee H

    I am a horrible flosser. I try to remember!! I always help my son floss though!

  81. April 23, 2015


    I brush 2-3 times per day – unfortunately, i am not must of a flosser – i rinse occasionally but not regularly.

  82. April 23, 2015

    Suzanne G

    I brush in the morning, floss at lunch, floss and brush before bed.

  83. April 23, 2015

    Erin McSweeney

    brush twice a day, floss once a day

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