A lot of people get surprised when they ask how long my husband and I have been together. Eight years is the answer– long for some and short for others. We’re actually celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary in two weeks, and sometimes even I get surprised how long we’ve made it. I’m not insulting our ability as a couple– it’s just that relationships can be tricky and a lot of effort goes into making it last. We’ve done pretty well in keeping it a two-way street, and I’m hoping to keep it going for as long as we can!
I get asked a lot what the secret is to a lasting relationship, which is weird since I don’t really consider myself an expert in that category. My grandparents may have a better answer but in my opinion, apart from the cliche answers of love, trust, respect, etc., the answer is maintenance. It’s something we do to everything that we treasure and plan on extending the life of like cars, computers, even your house. Why not do the same for your relationship? Just because you’re together doesn’t mean you have to stop trying. It’s one thing to find your soulmate; it’s another trying to make sure you stay that way for a lifetime.
This probably isn’t news to you but did you know that one of the biggest deal breakers in dating is bad breath? I think that’s a pretty general consensus anyway. Who would want to get intimate with someone who has bad breath? Apparently, while more than eight in 10 people think that they have a healthy mouth, the truth is that most Americans suffer from some form of oral disease. This is unfortunate because good oral health is such an important part of confidence especially when it comes to getting close to someone! Check out some of the statistics in this infographic:
Here’s the thing: a lot of the oral care troubles most people have are preventable. The use of LISTERINE® twice-daily cleans virtually 100% of your mouth (covering the 75% of your mouth that brushing alone misses completely). My husband was actually the one who introduced me to LISTERINE®. I used to think it was an unnecessary step but when I started using it, I could really tell a difference in the overall health of my mouth. You only have one mouth so make sure you maintain great oral hygiene– and that includes using LISTERINE® in your oral care routine! As a bonus, using #LISTERINE will trigger a $20K donation, up to $40,000, to support Oral Health America’s Fall for Smiles campaign (until December 1, 2015) to educate communities about the importance of proper oral care. Don’t take your teeth and gums for granted, people. Once you’re absolutely confident in yourself and your oral hygiene, you won’t be afraid to get close! My husband and I have a month-long celebration for our anniversary and we actually just got back from a fun road trip to attend a music festival! We’re looking forward to the rest of our anniversary plans and maintaining the closeness for years to come.
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All data referenced in this post was provided by the LISTERINE® Brand Survey. To learn more, please go to http://www.listerine.com/healthy-mouth-vs-unhealthy-mouth