To emphasize the need to brush for two minutes, twice a day, every day — especially the day after Halloween — celebrate National Brush Day on Nov. 1. National Brush Day is an annual campaign by Kids’ Healthy Mouths designed to reach parents on the day after Halloween to reinforce the importance of children’s oral health and promote good tooth-brushing habits.
Parents and families can take part in the National Brush Day by showing their support on social media, using the hashtag #NatlBrushDay when sharing “brushing selfies” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S. Despite the high rates or oral disease in children, surveys reveal that parents perceive their children’s dental health as a low priority compared to other issues such as school safety and nutrition.
According to MouthHealthy.org, proper brushing technique is to:
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
Of course, brushing your teeth is only part of a complete dental care routine. Don’t forget to clean between your teeth daily with floss, eat a balanced diet and visit a dentist regularly.
National Brush Day is part of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign, a national initiative launched by The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives and the Ad Council in 2012. It aims to help parents and caregivers understand why poor dental health can have serious consequences, and about simple ways in which they can help improve their children’s oral health and prevent dental disease.
Parents are encouraged to visit the campaign website at 2min2x.org, where they can find two-minute videos to watch with their children while brushing their teeth.© American Dental Association. All rights reserved. Reproduction or republication is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission from the American Dental Association.