Teach Me How To Brushy: Viral Video Wants To Help Kid’s Teeth [VIDEO]

on July 20, 2012 10:34 AM EDT

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"Teach Me How To Brushy," the newest viral video taking the internet by storm, aims to help kids grow up with healthy gums and teeth. Set to the tune of Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie," the song, created by the Oregon Dental Association, aims to get kids interested in brushing in a new, fun way. (Photo: Creative Commons)

 "Teach Me How To Brushy," the newest viral video taking the internet by storm, aims to help kids grow up with healthy gums and teeth. Set to the tune of Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie," the song, created by the Oregon Dental Association, aims to get kids interested in brushing in a new, fun way.

"We wanted to create a fun, interactive tool parents can use to get their kids excited about good dental habits," Dr. Jill Price, one of the stars of the video and Oregon Dental Association president-elect, told ABC News. 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."

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The video even has its own Facebook page with tips for parents and kids for good oral hygiene, including which food and drinks are best for healthy teeth.

The song includes lyrics such as "Pull out your string and it's time to get your flossy on/Get at the food make your gums grow up nice and strong (yeah)/ ... All my teeth love me because I do the brushy."

The video comes at a time when kid's oral hygiene is in danger. Former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher recently told CBS News that more than 50 million Americans don't have access to adequate healthcare.

Dr. Jonathan D. Shenkin, a pediatric dentist and an American Dental Association spokesperson, told ABC News that the video is "great."

"There is nothing better that a person can do for their oral health than brush their teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste," Shenkin told ABC News. "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."

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