National Brush Day is held in the United States on November 1. This observance focuses on raising awareness about the importance of children’s oral health.
National Brush Day was first observed in 2013 and has continued to grow and gather support from dental professionals, parents and schools. The date of November 1 was chosen because it is the day after Halloween and we all know just how many sweet treats kids consume on that holiday! And with frequent consumption of sugary foods being the number one cause of tooth decay and one of the most common chronic childhood diseases in the U.S. it is only right that we encourage exceptional oral hygiene and support National Brush Day!
National Brush Day began as an extension of the Kid’s Healthy Mouths PSA campaign launched by the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Health Lives and the Ad Council. The campaign is designed to encourage parents to make sure their children brush their teeth for at least two minutes, two times a day.
Though this task may seem easy enough, as we are sure those of you who have kids will be very aware, many kids refuse to brush their teeth even for two minutes because they get bored quickly and do not realise the damage that can take place. To help parents, the PSA has cleverly provided funny two-minute videos that can distract children while brushing.
It is important to keep in mind that good tooth-brushing habits help prevent severe oral pain and many tooth disorders as well as significantly improve children’s dental health. So get behind this initiative and lets try educate our kids a little bit more!