Reinforcing good oral health care habits as Halloween approaches

Dental professionals can participate in National Brush Day

October 28, 2019 1986

In the days leading up to Halloween and on National Brush Day, Nov. 1, dentists and their staff can reinforce the importance of good teeth-brushing habits to help remove sugary candy residue and prevent oral disease.

Here are a few tips that dental professionals can share with their patients:

  • Recommend that patients drink more water and clean their teeth sooner after eating sour and hard candies (if the candies can’t be avoided altogether) as the sugars in these candies stick to teeth or stay in the mouth longer, making teeth more prone to cavities.
  • Promote good teeth-brushing habits (two minutes, twice a day) on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Consider using the hashtags #NationalBrushDay and #2min2x.
  • Follow Kids’ Healthy Mouths on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and share the campaign posts.
  • Download the Halloween- and tooth-themed coloring sheets, stencils and activity sheets from the ADA to send home with patients.

National Brush Day is in its seventh year and is part of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign, which was launched in 2012 by the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives and the Ad Council. CDA was among the 36 dental organizations that oversaw the development of research-based campaign messages.