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ADA creates new brushing video for National Brush Day on Nov. 1

October 31, 2014 In celebration of National Brush Day on Nov. 1, when Halloween's sweet and sticky treats still linger in many mouths, the American Dental Association released a new video to remind everyone how to properly brush his or her teeth — for two minutes, twice a day.

The video features Dr. Ruchi Sahota, an ADA dentist and spokesperson, demonstrating how to brush correctly. The ADA also recommends these tips for brushing and maintaining a healthy mouth:

  • Choose a soft-bristled brush that fits your mouth, allowing you to reach all areas easily.
  • Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Gently move the brush back and forth in short, tooth-wide strokes.
  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
  • Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and dental exams.

For more information and to view the video, visit MouthHealthy.org. To take part in National Brush Day, dental health professionals, parents and caregivers can also join the Kids' Healthy Mouths communities and share new campaign images and the new campaign PSAs on Facebook and Twitter @brush2min2x.

To read more about the Kids' Healthy Mouths campaign, go to ADA.org/adanews and looking for "Ad Council launches new dental PSAs online" in the October news archive.