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National Brush Day

National Brush Day

Did you know eating sweets is the number one contributor to tooth decay? Especially after loading up on sugary treats during Halloween, it’s time to remind your kids about the importance of taking care of their teeth! Each year on November 1, National Brush Day helps focus on children’s oral health through facts about brushing, activities to make brushing fun, and tips to keep those teeth nice and healthy. We’re here to help you show your kids that brushing doesn’t have to be a chore!

National Brush Day Timeline

The 1990s
Brushing gets groovy
Manufacturers began to produce toothbrushes that sing tunes during the recommended two minutes of brushing time.

It’s electric
The Electro Massage Tooth Brush Company invented the electric toothbrush in the United States. The oscillating brush head helped people brush more efficiently and reach between teeth.

February 1, 1840
School is in session
The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery opened as the first dental college in the world. It still exists today.

3000 BC
The toothbrush was born
The ancient Egyptians constructed crude toothbrushes from twigs and leave called “chew sticks.”

National Brush Day Activities

Pick out a brushing song.
Ask your child to pick their favorite song and crank it up. Dance along and make brushing on National Brush Day a party.
Brush up on your brushing
Get back to the basics and review proper brushing forms with your kids. Remind them to brush their gum line gently, and touch the back of their mouth. Finally, ensure they know to brush for a full two minutes!
Make a family brushing competition.
Create a chart for your family to track how well everyone is brushing. Each day, have your child log how long they brushed their teeth. Then, come up with a reward for the family member that does the best.

Why We Love National Brush Day

Brushing is fun
Brushing for a full two minutes is essential to keep our teeth healthy. There are many ways to make brushing more fun and less tedious. You can use a funny video or a toothbrushing dance to help distract your kids while brushing!
You can get creative with your toothbrush.
There are three main categories of toothbrushes: manual, electric, and sonic. However, there are seemingly endless choices in color, size, and features within these categories! For example, some toothbrushes have a gum cleaner on the back of the brush head, while others even feature your kid’s favorite cartoon. Help your child get creative next time they pick out a toothbrush.
Brushing is a family event.
Brushing is a tradition that your family can do together every day. Show your kids why brushing is essential, and do it as a team. Bonus points for flossing together too!

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