Grove City Dental has been sharing with our valued patients the need to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day for a very long time. It is surprising the great results that you can achieve by simply brushing for 2 minutes twice a day. It is also a little bit surprising for most people when they actually put a clock to how long…or better stated…how SHORT they currently are brushing their teeth. In fact, most people are brushing for less than 30 seconds. Now this is going to sound odd because the less you brush your teeth then the more you will have to pay a dentist and since I’m a dentist it may not make sense to be giving out advice that will help you have to see a dentist a lot less… But this one tip of brushing for 2 minutes twice a day could end up saving you a ton of money so in addition to you saving your teeth and having a brighter, whiter, younger looking smile. And that is why it is so important for adults to pass on a great legacy or oral health by teaching their children this habit while they are young. Grove City Dentl suggests that you turn it into a game to see how long your child can brush their teeth. In fact, ther are many electric tooth brushes that have a built in timer that will actually help make sure that you are brushing for at least 2 minutes when you do brush. But the best game of all is for you as the adult to brush your teeth for the 2 minutes right along side of your children brushing their teeth because your example will speak louder than your words.
Below is an article written by the American Academy of General Dentist talking about the National Brush Your Teeth Day which is November 1 2013.”
“AGD Supports National Brush Day—Nov. 1!
The Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign, a joint effort between the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives—which includes the Academy of General Dentistry—and the Ad Council, is gearing up for its very first National Brush Day™ on Nov. 1.
“The day after Halloween, a sugar-filled holiday, is a perfect time to remind parents and kids of the importance of adopting good habits for healthy teeth,” says Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “The Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign aims to make brushing time fun with a myriad of interactive tools and resources.”
To take part in National Brush Day, dental professionals can urge parents and caregivers to sign a pledge to make sure their kids brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day and to join the new Kids’ Healthy Mouths communities on Facebook and Twitter.
“Oral health experts agree that brushing teeth for two minutes, twice a day is a key step to a healthier mouth,” says Gary Price, president and CEO of the Dental Trade Alliance, a member of the Partnership. “We’re excited to launch National Brush Day to elevate the importance of basic dental hygiene and remind parents and kids that brushing can be fun!”
There is a host of tips, tricks, and resources available on the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign website, 2min2x.org, including entertaining two-minute video clips to enjoy during brushing time. The videos feature childhood favorites, such as characters from “Sesame Street” and Cartoon Network.
National Brush Day is a new initiative on behalf of the successful Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign, which launched in August 2012. Since its unveiling, more than 1.5 million people have visited 2min2x.org, and the campaign’s public service announcements have received more than $33 million in donated media placement across TV, radio, print, Web, and outdoor outlets. Additionally, a 2013 Ad Council survey showed that, after just one year of the campaign, English-speaking parents report that their children are 7 percent more likely to brush twice a day and 4 percent more likely to brush for two minutes each time. Spanish-speaking parents report significant improvement as well, with 8 percent more kids brushing for two minutes, twice a day.
The Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign will soon launch a new mobile game, “Toothsavers,” as another way to make the two-minute brushing time fun and interactive. In the game, kids will be able to rescue classic fairy tale characters from a tooth-rotting curse and become heroes with the help of their toothbrushes. The game will be available for Android and Apple tablets and phones.
For more information about the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign, visit 2min2x.org and follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives is a coalition of the leading organizations in the field of oral health, including the Academy of General Dentistry. The Partnership is committed to improving children’s oral health so that they can develop into healthy, productive adults. The coalition shares the view that no child should be in pain and suffer broader health issues or endure the social stigma and lack of opportunity resulting from untreated dental diseases and conditions. The coalition’s primary mission is to teach parents and caregivers, as well as the children themselves, to take control of their own health through oral disease prevention.”