Did you know, November 1st is National Brush Day? This national initiative is aimed to help parents and caregivers understand the importance of children’s oral health and promote good tooth-brushing habits.
Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease in the U.S., yet parents often rank dental health as a low priority compared to other issues in their children’s lives. Here’s how you can help show your support for this national initiative:
Brush your teeth. This is one of the most important steps for your child’s dental care routine. For a healthy smile, the ADA recommends:
- Brushing your teeth 2min2x – 2 minutes each time, twice a day
- Use a soft-bristled brush. Size and shape should fit your child’s mouth so they can reach all areas easily.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months to prevent bacteria build up.
For proper brushing and flossing techniques, click here»
Start a routine – and stick to it! Don’t let your child skip brushing even after a long day or when your normal schedule is off. Help make brushing and flossing second nature to your child and reinforce brushing 2min2x a day!
Reward good brushing behavior. Stickers? Toy cars? Create a reward chart and provide your child with something that will help motivate them to keep up with their dental routine. Something as simple as a high-five can make them happy knowing they did the right thing.
Have four minutes of fun! Whether you are two years old or 20 – your dental routine can feel like a bore. Make up stories to inspire your child to want to brush their teeth! Crank up some music and create a dance party! There are also videos on 2min2x.org to help make sure your kids are brushing for the right amount of time each day. Check some out below!
You can take part in the National Brush Day campaign on social media by using the hashtag #NatlBrushDay when sharing selfies on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Have fun celebrating!
If you have any questions about how to improve your child’s oral health please give our offices a call. We specialize in caring for children’s teeth in a comfortable and caring environment. Visit our website to schedule an appointment.