Today is National Brush Day!

Friday, November 1, 2013

I hope that everyone had a fun and safe Halloween! I love seeing the children marching up and down the street dressed as their favorite characters, animals and heroes. I also enjoy all of the creative costumes that parents and children make.

I was never the kid who enjoyed dressing up – but I very much looked forward to the bag full of candy that I would have by the end of the night. My kids Savannah and Joey love the entire event - from the tradition of dressing up and going door to door, to rushing through the lines so they can get home, empty their bags of treats on the living room floor and begin to sort and organize. This is one of the moments where we allow them to have too much sugar too late in the evening.

It’s a good thing that today is National Brush Day! The kids and I have been discussing the benefits of brushing and removing all that sugary goodness from their teeth. If your kids are anything like mine – they definitely had a few too many treats.

Did your kids eat too much Halloween candy last night? Here are some tips from the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives to make sure your kids have beautiful, healthy smiles:

o      Make sure your kids ages 2+ brush with fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes, twice a day.

o      Use a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste for kids ages 2 to 6, and use slightly more when they’re older. Teach them to spit out the toothpaste when they’re done so they don’t swallow it.

o      For kids younger than age 2, use a soft toothbrush and a little water; no toothpaste is necessary.

o      Teach your kids to floss between their teeth once a day, every day, to remove plaque and food where a brush can’t reach. Kids’ teeth can be flossed as soon as two of their teeth touch each other.

o      Start taking your child to the dentist regularly no later than age 1.