November 1st is celebrated as National Brush Day to emphasize the importance of promoting good tooth-brushing habits and oral health in children. National Brush Day comes the day after Halloween to combat the tooth decay that occurs due to the sweets we eat in the day and weeks after trick-or-treating.
Most candies, treats, and baked goods that kids receive this season have sugar, which deteriorates our tooth enamel and causes cavities, the most common tooth decay in children. Our dentists say that brushing twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste is one of the easiest ways to combat tooth decay.
Children and adults should also visit the dentist once every six months for regular cleaning and check-up. Schedule an appointment after Halloween and before the new year to make the most of your remaining 2021 dental insurance benefits.
Here are three oral-hygiene tips to keep in mind this spooky season:
1. Pick a brushing song
Singing or playing a song while your kids brush their teeth can help them keep the recommended 2-minute brushing time. Adult supervision is recommended while brushing. Some children brush for less than two minutes when left alone. Others may need help using the toothbrush to reach every tooth.
2. Have kids drink plenty of water
Water can flush away the sugar that would otherwise stick to your teeth. If you are unable to brush your kid’s teeth shortly after eating candy, drinking water can step in to help.
3. Avoid candies or those that last in the mouth a long time.
The acid in candies attacks the tooth enamel and the longer they linger in your mouth, the worse it can be for your child. We also recommend against sticky, chewy candies like caramels, that can linger on the tooth’s surface.