Give cavities the brush off!
National Brush Day 2018 – November 1
1990s – Brushing gets groovy: Manufacturers began to produce toothbrushes that sing tunes during the recommended two minutes of brushing time.
1927 – It’s electric: The electric toothbrush was invented in the United States by the Electro Massage Tooth Brush Company. The oscillating brush head helped people brush more efficiently and reach between teeth.
February 1, 1840 – School is in session: The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery opened as the first dental college in the world. It still exists today.
3000 BC – The toothbrush was born: The ancient Egyptians constructed crude toothbrushes from twigs and leaves called “chew sticks.”
Why We Love National Brush Day
It’s important to brush for a full two minutes in order to keep our teeth healthy. There are a lot of ways to make brushing more fun and less boring. You can use a funny video or a tooth brushing dance to help distract your kids while they’re brushing!
There are three main categories of toothbrush: manual, electric, and sonic. However, within these categories there are seemingly endless choices in color, size, and features! For example, some toothbrushes have a gum cleaner on the back of the brush head, while others even feature your kid’s favorite cartoon. Help your child get creative next time they pick out a toothbrush.
Brushing is a tradition that your family can do together every day. Show your kids why brushing is important and do it as a team. Bonus points for flossing together too!