This Quarter’s Theme: Well-being
Tooth Talk Celebrates National Brush Day with Good Tips to Share With Parents
What’s scarier than Halloween monsters? Tooth decay in small children! National Brush Day is November 1. It’s the day after the ultimate candy-consumption holiday for a good reason: to remind families of the importance of children’s dental health and to promote good brushing habits. Started in 2013 as part of the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives campaign, National Brush Day has a simple message: brush kids’ teeth for two minutes, two times a day.
Remind parents of these good tips too:
- Start brushing baby’s teeth twice a day at the appearance of the first tooth (usually between 6 and 10 months).
- Use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste on a soft bristle child’s toothbrush. Increase to a pea-size drop at age 3.
- Brush outside, inside, around and on top of each tooth, brushing gently back and forth.
- Kids want to brush their teeth themselves. That’s OK, just so parents take a turn too.
- Continue to brush children’s teeth daily until they can tie their own shoes.
For more tips and how-tos for brushing a young child’s teeth from Tooth Talk, the website about improving children’s dental health for early childhood educators and childcare providers, check out the Videos and Ask the Experts tabs.