National Brush Day

October 31, 2014 in Best of Both, healthcare, Kids, staying healthy by MyBestofBothWorlds

National Brush Day is right around the corner!

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National Brush Day is observed on November 1st, the day after Halloween, to reinforce the importance of children’s oral health and to promote good tooth-brushing habits recommended by dental experts.

My six year old Sean Eddie is notorious for the fly by brushing! Especially in the morning before school, when he would much rather be watching Scooby Doo and the gang than brushing his teeth.  I’ve actually set a timer for him to brush, but I have to admit 2Min2XDay has come up with better solutions.  So I wanted to share them with readers.

More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental related illness, resulting in parents losing 25 million work hours annually. Cavities and oral infections can cause severe pain and can increase a child’s risk for dental issues and poor health throughout their lives.

3 in 4 parents report that their kids sometimes or frequently forget to brush their teeth, according to a national survey just released by the Ad Council.  In an effort to help parents better understand why ignoring dental health can have serious consequences, and educate families about good dental health habits, the Ad Council and The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives created new Public Service Ads (PSAs) for their Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign. The new PSAs are humorous depictions of life lessons which make the point that while parenting can be tricky at times, getting kids to brush for two minutes, twice a day can be easier than most other things parents will try to teach their children.

So here’s a great You Tube channel that will get your kids brushing for a whole two minutes.  I know it doesn’t seem long, but to get all those pearly whites really clean that’s how long it takes!! So make sure you favorite the page here to watch all of them!

 

Take the 2min2x Text Challenge with your kids! 

75% of kids forget to brush their teeth. Take the brushing challenge to make sure your kids are always in the healthy 25%. You’ll get 2 texts per day for 5 days, plus occasional tips and fun facts afterward. Sign up to see if YOUR family can beat the challenge. http://2min2x.org/sms.asp

And if you don’t want text messages-they’ve even got an app for that! So check it out.  There are so many ways to get with the program.

Make brushing fun with the free Toothsavers App:

And if all of the above is not enough to get you excited and motivated- here’s a pretty awesome contest for you to enter!

  • Enter the Zooppa.com video contest for a chance to win $20,000:
    • In addition to the new PSAs, the campaign will be kicking off its first video contest called #BrushRules leveraging Zooppa.com, the world’s leading crowd sourced marketing platform for producing creative content.  Parenting is hard to do.  Getting your kids to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day is one aspect that’s easier and can make a big impact on a child’s life.
    • Create your own video showing how difficult it is to teach a child something if a parent only had two minutes.  Be sure to enter & GOOD LUCK!!!

Do you have a great tip to keep your child brushing?  Please leave a comment about how you manage it.  Thanks! And happy brushing on National Brush Day and EVERYDAY!!