National Brush Day Is November 1 — Are You Brushing Correctly?


Right after Halloween, one of the most candy-filled days of the year, we will celebrate National Brush Day on November 1. National Brush Day highlights the importance in making sure kids brush for two minutes, twice a day, every day of the year. 

Tooth decay is a common disease — affecting 16.5 million children in the United States. Are you and your children brushing your teeth the correct way? It’s important to use the proper brushing techniques. Here are some tips.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. This is one of the best preventative measures that you can take in an effort to avoid plaque build-up and
    gingivitis.
  • Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps prevent cavities by maintaining your saliva to prevent the buildup up the tooth plaque that
    leads to cavities. It also helps to prevent the loss of minerals useful to tooth enamel.
  • Using short, back and forth strokes is the best technique to brush your teeth. Pay special attention to the gumline.
  • Clean in this order: 1) outer surface of upper teeth, the lower teeth; 2) inner surface of upper teeth, then lower teeth; 3) chewing surfaces; 4)
    tongue
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue. Not only does brushing the tongue help to freshen the breath, but it also removes the germs.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when it begins to show wear — whichever comes first.
  • It’s not brushing, but flossing daily will remove food from the teeth that the toothbrush just couldn’t quite get.
  • The last step is rinsing the mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash.

Get excited about National Brush Day! Take this time to go over the proper tooth brushing techniques with your whole family. Also, to make the day a success, the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives want as many supporters as possible to make a pledge on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. The pledge?

“It’s National Brush Day! I pledged to help keep kids’ mouth healthy by brushing #2min2x a day! #NatlBrushDay”

 

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