National Brush Day encourages kid's oral health

National Brush Day: tips to encourage kid's oral health

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - November 1st, the day after Halloween, is now recognized as "National Brush Day" and created to being awareness about the importance of oral health in children.

With Halloween behind us, many parents are more concerned with how the Halloween haul will affect their kid's teeth.

A recent survey revealed more than 70-percent of parents say cavities are among their top concerns come Halloween.

When it comes to candy, some sweet treats are better at avoiding tooth decay than others.
"Candies that are sticky that hangout in your mouth longer will cause more cavities than candy that will just dissolve in your mouth like chocolate," Doctor Amr Moursi, with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, said.

Moursi says National Brush Day is a way to shed light on how much dental problems affect our children.

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention says American kids miss more than 51-million school hours every year because of dental related illness.

Moursi says it is the number one chronic disease in children and even rates higher than asthma.

"Some of the most important things you can do is eat well, have good diet that's low on sugar sweets, sugar flavored beverages and brushing well," Moursi said.

That means brush for two full minute two times a day with fluoride tooth paste each time.

Click here for more great resources to help get your kids to brush.

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