Celebrate National Brush Day on Nov. 1

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.

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This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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How to FLOSS

  1. Pull 18 to 24 inches of dental floss from the floss dispenser.

  2. Wrap the ends of the floss around your index and middle fingers.

  3. Hold the floss tightly around each tooth in a C shape; move the floss back and forth in a push-pull motion and up and down against the side of each tooth.

How to BRUSH

  1. Place the toothbrush at a 45°angle along the gum line. Move the toothbrush in a back and forth motion, and repeat for each tooth.

  2. Brush the inside surface of each tooth, using the same back and forth technique.

  3. Brush the chewing surface (top) of each tooth.

  4. Use tip of brush to brush behind each tooth — front and back, top and bottom and up and down strokes.

  5. Be sure to brush your tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria.