Simplyhealth Professionals launches annual tooth brushing campaign

Simplyhealth Professionals launches annual tooth brushing campaign

Simplyhealth Professionals is launching its annual tooth brushing campaign as research reveals one in five children only brush once a day. Their recent research shows that almost one in five children (18%) only brush their teeth once a day, and 2% don’t even manage to brush every day. Furthermore, almost a quarter (24.7%) of five year olds have tooth decay, meaning that one in four children will start school with decay – as reported by Public Health England.

The startling figures come as Simplyhealth Professionals launches its annual Big Family Brush-Up campaign, which runs from 24 June to 31 August 2019, to help families to brush together and equip parents with practical tips and tools to engage their children in establishing a proper brushing routine.

Dr Catherine Rutland, Head Dental Officer at Simplyhealth, commented: “As the UK’s leading provider of dental payment plans, we want to help parents to establish good brushing habits at the earliest opportunity to help give children the best start in life, as well as providing easy and accessible information to support parents.

Now in its fifth year, the Big Family Brush-Up challenges families to really focus on their brushing habits for a four-week period over the summer to ensure children are brushing thoroughly for two minutes, twice a day. To track and reward their progress, Simplyhealth Professionals are encouraging children to fill in a brushing chart every morning and night for four weeks, which they can download from the campaign microsite. At the end of the challenge, it’s hoped that families will have established a good oral health routine that they can continue into the future.

Families can visit www.bigfamilybrushup.co.uk to find a wealth of oral health information including Simplyhealth’s Little Book of Healthy Smiles booklet which provides dental advice and brushing tips from other parents; an animated step-by-step brushing video to inspire young brushers; a downloadable brushing chart, and lots of blogs and social media competitions. The campaign will also be supported by a well-known celebrity ambassador and mother-of-three, which will be announced at the start of the campaign.

To increase the impact of the campaign, Simplyhealth Professionals is encouraging its network of member practices to get involved and have provided a range of campaign materials and guidance for members to run the campaign in their own practices. “Improving childhood brushing habits are fast becoming a focus for many national and regional initiatives,” says Catherine. “As a dental professional, you’ll know that, even with the best intentions, getting children to brush thoroughly and regularly can be a challenge in many households. Parents are often at their wits’ end trying to get their youngsters to brush their teeth, and children are often very creative at devising ways to avoid brushing!

“In fact, two thirds of parents surveyed by Simplyhealth (64%) said that getting their children to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day is a challenge. Taking part in a brushing challenge such as the Big Family Brush-Up can provide parents with a new approach to tackle teeth brushing and inspire children to discover that brushing can be fun and rewarding.”

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