Participate in National Brush Day after Halloween

The third annual National Brush Day is set for Nov. 1 — the day after Halloween when sweet and sticky treats still linger in many mouths.

The purpose of National Brush Day is to reinforce the importance of children's oral health and promote good tooth-brushing habits by making sure kids brush for two minutes, twice a day. The event 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 August 2012, which aims to teach parents and caregivers about simple ways in which they can help improve their children's oral health and prevent dental disease.

To take part in National Brush day, share "brushing selfies" on social media and include the hashtag, #NatlBrushDay. Additionally, parents are also encouraged to visit the campaign website, 2min2x.org, where they can find entertaining videos — all two minutes in length — to watch with their children while brushing their teeth.

CDA member Ruchi Sahota, DDS, demonstrates in this video how to brush teeth correctly for maintaining a healthy mouth.

The ADA also recommends these tips:

  • Choose a soft-bristled brush that fits your mouth, allowing you to reach all areas easily.
  • Place the 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.
  • Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and dental exams.

The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives is a group of 36 organizations, including CDA, recognized as experts in the field of oral health. The coalition was created to help parents take action and teach their children about the importance of good oral health. In addition to being a member of the partnership, CDA is a key member of the executive council, which oversaw the development of the research-based messages.