Yesterday I had the opportunity to get an exclusive lab tour at the LISTERINE® headquarters in Morris Plains, NJ. They just launched a new campaign last month called BRING OUT THE BOLD™. The brand is renowned for being the #1 mouthwash recommended by dentists and is dedicated to the bold research and science behind their product(s). It was so much fun spending the day at their offices learning about what they do!
LISTERINE® conducted surveys and found that people who use LISTERINE® are generally bolder individuals than those who do not use it. They are more likely to: eat the spiciest food on the menu, skydive, book a spontaneous trip and leave the same day, hitchhike across the country, etc.
Some of you may not know this about me, but I have a super anal teeth-brushing routine, LOL. I've used a 2 minute timer to brush my teeth since I was probably 10 years old, and I floss every single day. FUN FACT: I even once cried at the dentist after being told I had a couple cavities.. easily one of the most embarrassing moments of my life, ha! It was a messy cry too, in which I had 3 dental assistants all handing me tissues. I thought to myself: "how is it possible that I have all these cavities when I feel like I take such good care of my teeth?!"
Ironically, the one thing missing from my daily "super anal" dental hygiene routine is: mouthwash! While we have it readily available in my house, I don't regularly incorporate it daily (oops). Often times, I'll only use it when I'm in a hurry and "don't have time to brush my teeth".. womp.
However, after listening to some of the special speakers yesterday talk about the consequences of not using mouthwash, I think I definitely need to start using it LOL. Principal scientist Tara Fourre emphasized that "without breaking down the bacteria that grows on your teeth daily, you create the ideal environment for tartar to buildup." And with tarter buildup, you increase your risk for gingivitis. Dentist Dr. Lee Gause clarified that "gingivitis affects every single individual at some point during their lives - and it is an early sign of the start of periodontal disease. If left untreated, it ultimately leads to teeth loss."
As if hearing the facts from the experts themselves wasn't enough to convince me to start rinsing with mouthwash, we also conducted a "swish test" that involved collecting saliva samples before and after using LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash. Did you know that brushing alone misses 75% of the bacteria in our mouths?! LISTERINE® is clinically proven to clean 100% of your mouth. I have a feeling that when we get the results back next week, I'm going to be rinsing my mouth 5 times a day, haha.
One of my biggest fears in life in losing my teeth when I'm old, and I never want that to happen! (Mostly because I love food and eating...) I can't imagine not being able to chew my food one day because I was too damn lazy to use mouthwash when I was younger.
After I got home from the lab tour, I was feeling more inspired than ever to do something BOLD. ;) I decided to attempt something I've never done before: make homemade sushi. I've had the bamboo roller and roasted seaweed sitting around for awhile, but kept putting it off (until last night) - it actually wasn't as hard as I was anticipating it being!
To me, "bringing out the bold" means living your life to its fullest potential. Trying new things, exploring new places, and meeting new people. It's something we can ALL aspire to!
Now I ask: how do YOU bring out the bold in YOU? What's the boldest thing YOU'VE ever done? What are some bold things that you've been contemplating doing?!
Share in the comments section down below! :)
A huge thank you to Listerine and the Bloglovin' team for inviting me onto this campaign! While this was a sponsored post, all of the noted opinions and stories are my own.