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I feel like I’ve spent a lot more time here talking about my passion for oral care than I’d ever imagined possible, but I just can’t help myself! Actually, I get a fair amount of questions about my “beauty” routine from you guys on The ‘Gram, with plenty of questions about how I keep my pearly whites so fresh and so clean, and that always compels me to dive back into this subject when I have an oral care revelation that I’m really excited about! As you guys know by now, my “beauty” and “health and wellness” routine is pretty simple, straightforward and streamlined, and keeping my mouth fresh, clean and ready to shine is and has always been at the forefront of that. Just like working out or eating cleanly, a fresh, healthy mouth that supports my big, bright white smile has always been a key component in having the confidence to express myself and take advantage of every experience and opportunity life has to offer (like a smooch or ten from that super cute hubby of mine), but even I can admit that a lifetime of the same old oral care routine, tools and flavors is pretty much the death for my motivation and dedication to keeping my oral care routine firing on all cylinders.
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That’s true of so many parts of our routine, though isn’t it? We have to keep spicing it up to stay motivated to keep up the good work every single day! Which is why I was beyond excited after trying the the new LISTERINE® Coconut + Lime Blend Mouthwash and LISTERINE® Green Tea + Mint Blend Mouthwash, which both just became a really fun and welcome addition to my daily quest for fresh breath!
There are few things I love more than that clean, fresh breath feeling. It’s just the best, isn’t it? For me, it’s one of those things that injects fresh energy into my day and makes me feel ready to take on the world, but lately I’d been feeling a little less that enthused with the same old mouthwash flavors when I need a quick swish, and I could feel it derailing my enthusiasm for my routine. Which is why I was so pumped when I got my hands on these new, limited edition LISTERINE® mouthwash flavors and they turned out to be as fun and refreshing as I’d hoped they would be! And now that they’ve injected all sorts of fresh (pun totally intended) enthusiasm into my oral care routine, I thought it would be a great time to revisit that routine and give you guys an updated rundown of how I capture that fresh breath feeling every day and keep this mouth healthy, happy and ready for infinite Chris kisses!
The Best Fresh, Alcohol-Free Mouthwash
First things first, though. I get it – you’re wondering if this stuff is as refreshing as your regular old plain mint mouthwash, or if it veers into the “strange but intriguing” territory of oral care advancements. Fair question! So let’s just cut right to the chase. Not only do I personally think it’s even more refreshing than the run of the mill mint mouthwash, but I’d go as far as to say that after trying both of these new flavors, I’m not sure I can ever go back knowing what know now and tasting a mouthwash this fun, fresh and smooth. It’s like I’m completely indulging my senses while freshening my breath, so it doesn’t feel like a chore! But it’s not just the awesome new flavors I’m loving. These limited edition, botanically-inspired flavor blends contain four essential oils that help kill up to 99% of bad breath germs and they’re made with zero alcohol for a smoother, less intense taste, which if you’re a self-professed mouthwash connoisseur like I am, you know is everything. I really don’t enjoy a mouthwash that leaves that burn behind in my mouth every time I swish, and both of these flavors are smooth sailing from start to finish, with only fresh breath left behind so it makes it easy for me to slip it into my daily routine, fuss free! Even better, I can use Walmart’s safe and convenient grocery pickup to grab LISTERINE® new mouthwash flavors, which makes maintaining my routine a total breeze. Win!
Ok, so now onto the goods that you guys have been asking about. My tried and true oral care routine for fresh breath and a healthy, bright white smile… always! You should know that as is the case with all of my daily routines, I like to keep it simple, streamlined and straightforward so this routine is as easy to keep up as it is effective because consistency is key. I don’t just add products or tools, I replace, so it’s out with the old and in with the new and improved when a revelation comes along. Which is exactly what happened when I integrated LISTERINE® Coconut + Lime Blend Mouthwash and LISTERINE® Green Tea + Mint Blend Mouthwash.
The Best, Simple Oral Care Routine For Fresh Breath… Always!
This one’s a no brainer, right? Right. We all know that brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day has always kind of been the gold standard of oral care, but as we get older those before-bed brushes can start to feel a little bit more like a chore, ya know? If I’m using an electric toothbrush, which I do, as I learned from my dental hygienist recently, I need to be careful not to go too hard in the paint, if you will. I can get a little aggressive with my two-minute brushing session, and sometimes that’s a little bit rough on my gums. So I keep it nice and easy, covering all of those pearly whites and my tongue and that’s just the ticket.
I know flossing can be intimidating if you’re not used to a daily floss session or two, but don’t let that deter you. You will overcome! Besides, the benefits of daily flossing far outweigh any hurdles you may have to overcome on the comfort front at first. If I stick with daily, focused flossing making sure to be gentle, but thorough, it makes such a difference in not only the freshness of my breath, but the overall clean feeling I get out of my oral care routine, and it’s completely comfortable.
This is my very favorite, most satisfying oral care routine routine practice, and always makes me feel fresh, renewed and ready to rock throughout the day! Plus, it’s almost too easy. I swish both morning and night when I brush and floss, but now that I’ve become and official LISTERINE® Coconut + Lime Blend Mouthwash and LISTERINE® Green Tea + Mint Blend Mouthwash fan girl, I’m always excited to swish post meals and snacks, too to keep that fresh breath feeling alive all day! Who knew mouthwash could be this fun?!
Drinking Lots of Water
Water water water! In the last two years I’ve finally resolved and managed to add much more water to my daily routine, as much for my overall health as oral health and it genuinely has been such a game-changer! Once I started drinking significantly more water throughout the day and especially after meals, I not only felt so much more energized throughout the day, but I’m also rinsing off some of those pesky sticky and acidic foods when they come along (more about that below). I know this sounds simple and you’ve probably heard this more than you can stand, but putting it into practice and sticking with it has really taken my routine and the freshness of my breath to the next level, so I feel like I wouldn’t be giving you the complete picture if I didn’t include it!
Keeping Sugary & Acidic Foods to a Minimum
For me, keeping the sugary and acidic foods to a minimum every day is really helpful in keeping my mouth and my pearly whites in it in tip top shape. We all know that an excess of sugary and acidic foods can wear down the enamel in your teeth and lead to those annoying cavities, but in addition to that, I’ve realized that if I’m not mindful of how much of these I’m consuming, they can do a number on the freshness of my breath. I need foods that work for me, not against me, which leads me to my next step!
Eating Lots of Crunchy, Fresh Fruits & Veggies
Ok so you don’t need me to tell you that eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies is good for your bod, but did you know that crunching on fresh fruits and veggies is an excellent natural teeth cleaner and breath freshener because they help naturally scrub away food particles and bacteria? Food for thought!
Like I mentioned, I love that I can conveniently add LISTERINE® new mouthwash flavors to my grocery pickup order at our neighborhood Walmart, which makes pretty my entire routine outlined above so much easier to maintain, which is what I’m all about! Above are screenshots of what they both look like when I add them to my pickup order Walmart.com, so you easily find them yourselves. Fresh breath fans unite!