Two Minutes, Two Times a Day

It seems fitting that November 1st is marked as National Brush Day each year. As parents, we watch our children devour loads of candy every Halloween and cringe at the thought of trying to keep them from eating candy for the next month as they savor the remains each night. Most parents have been through finding candy wrappers under pillows in rooms of children who swear they don’t have any candy hidden. And as parents, many of us sneak a few pieces ourselves late at night when everyone is asleep. The effects of sugar and candy on our teeth can be extremely damaging to our dental health. Here are some reminders on how to get back on track November 1st as we kick off National Brush Day.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, every day.
  • Do your best to brush for two minutes, morning and night. If you have trouble timing yourself, check out some of the brushing apps that are offered on your smart phone.
  • Opt for fluoride tooth paste.
  • Don’t forget to floss!
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
  • Schedule regular checkups and teeth cleaning to get ahead of plaque buildup and tooth decay.
  • Make sure you are choosing the right tooth brush for your mouth.
  • Change your tooth brush frequently, especially after someone has been ill in your home.
  • Avoid foods that will damage or stain your teeth.
  • If you have any questions, contact your dental health care provider to stay on top of your oral health.
  • Healthy mouths lead to healthy lives. Oral hygiene isn’t just about your mouth; it can affect your entire body if you do not properly care for your teeth!

Find a fun way to celebrate National Brush Day with the whole family. Go out and buy new tooth brushes together, record your own two-minute song for brushing, or plan a healthy meal for dinner. Whatever you do, make sure to encourage those around you to maintain proper oral health hygiene all year long!