National Brush Day:
Celebrated on November 1st, every year. It’s a day dedicated to increasing awareness of dental health in children. National Brush Day has been observed since 2013 in the United States. It was started to help parents with simple techniques to get kids brushing regularly without much groaning!
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Why Brush Day?
In America, tooth decay is a common problem found in children. The Ad Council’s survey revealed that not many children were brushing their teeth as recommended by dental health experts. Oral diseases have been the cause of many children missing their learning hours and parents missing their working hours. The survey also shows that low-income families are affected by tooth decay more than the general populace.
Kids’ Healthy Mouths Public Service Advertising (PSA) launched a campaign in August 2012, to equip parents with simple techniques to reduce dental cavities in children. It was possible if the kids brushed for 2 minutes, twice a day.
It also comes in the light of the revelation that most habits that we follow as adults come through childhood. So it’s better to be late than never in helping your kids get on the essential habit of brushing right! And it’s true in most cases that good dental care in childhood also reduces dental problems as adults.
Since the campaign’s launch in 2012, more than 1.5 million people have visited 2min2x.org. The PSA had received more than $33 million in donations across various media platforms and outdoor outlets.
The Ad Council’s 2013 survey of English Speaking households reported a 7 % hike in brushing teeth and a 4 % hike in brushing for 2 minutes. Whereas in the Spanish speaking household there was an 8% hike in kids brushing for 2 minutes.
So join the nation in celebrating the National Brush Day and help your little ones to brush, brush, brush their teeth… early in the morning and before going to bed for 2 minutes!
How we can Celebrate National Brush Day:
- Snap a “ brushing face”!
It’s cute when kids brush their teeth, take a snap of your Pearly whites and share on social media using #NationalBrushDay and #BrushDay
- Celebrate as a family!
Get your family together for a teeth brushing event. You can have a to-do list that is necessary for dental care and treating yourselves to healthy food later
- Learn something new while brushing!
Kids get bored easily, i.e., 2 minutes of brushing is boring. So you can come up with fun ideas to get the task done. Play a new rhyme in the background and groove with it as you brush! Else set a timer and reward your kid when the task is accomplished!
- Gamify your brushing!
You could download the Toothsavers app to have a fun gaming experience for daily brushing.
- Share your knowledge!
You could also tell your kids the benefits of brushing their teeth as per their understanding capabilities. When they understand the reason, some kids really do it well!
- Learn to floss
If you aren’t already flossing your teeth, you might want to start flossing now. Use this day to start flossing their teeth and try to teach them to do it on their own.
- Go 45 degrees!
The best way to brush your teeth is by brushing them at 45 degrees to the gums on the outside and vertical ups and downs on the inside!
Interesting Facts About National Brush Day:
Lets see some interesting facts about Brush,
- The toothbrush was born around 3000 BC made from twigs and leaves in ancient Egypt. They were called “chew sticks”
- The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery was the first dental college in the world was established in 1840 and still exists today
- In the 1990s some toothbrushes were manufactured to produce a song of 2 minutes as a guide in the brushing routine
- The first toothbrushes with bristles were invented in China (619-907)!
- In 2003, the toothbrush was chosen as the number one invention that most Americans couldn’t survive without!
- In the US brushing teeth became a routine only after WWII, where the soldiers were made to brush regularly by the US Army.
History of National Brush Day:
National Brush Day was first recognized in 2013 as a continuation of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths PSA campaign in August 2012. The campaign was partnered by Ad Council, Grey New York, and Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives – a union of 35 top health organizations.
National Brush Day is observed on November 1st right after Halloween on October 31st, to remind parents to cultivate right brushing habits in children for their overall dental health.