Kids don’t like to floss, but they love to do the Dougie. So when the Oregon Dental Association was thinking about what to do for their next youth teeth brushing campaign, the choice was obvious: They’d teach their kids how to do the brushy.
Oregon Dental Association President-elect Dr. Jill Price, said in a statement:
“We wanted to create a fun, interactive tool parents can use to get their kids excited about good dental habits. The mouth is a major health center in the body; unhealthy mouths can lead to diabetes, heart issues, and worse. But rather than lecture parents and expect that lecture to reach their kids, we wanted to create a hub for good facts that families will actually want to check out.”
The ODA also started a Facebook page and is encouraging kids to upload their own “Teach Me How To Brushy” videos.
According to ABC, nearly 17 million U.S. children don’t go to the dentist every year. One of the main reasons, according to pediatric dentist Dr. Jonathan D. Shenkin, is that parents and children often forget the importance of a clean mouth.
“There is nothing better that a person can do for their oral health than brush their teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste…. This video is great because it’s appealing to a younger audience. A lot of people aren’t serious about their health overall, which can coincide with their oral health, so this is a great way to motivate people.”
Here’s the “Teach Me How to Brushy” video.