Myers Wilkins Elementary students take part in teeth "Brush-A-Thon"

By KBJR News 1

February 26, 2014 Updated Feb 26, 2014 at 6:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- Kids at Myers Wilkins Elementary School in Duluth learned an important lesson Wednesday about keeping their smiles healthy and bright.

More than 80 kindergarten students took part in a brush-a-thon hosted by Children's Dentals Services.

The kids brushed their teeth simultaneously for two minutes, the amount of time you should take to brush your teeth.

The program is a way to create good brushing habits at an early age and help children kick start a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

"It's so very important because dental disease is the most common childhood illness out there that is so completely preventable just by brushing a couple times a day, so we want to stress to the kids morning brushing and at bedtime brushing too," said Heather Glockle, a dental hygienist.

The "tooth fairy" also sent kids home with a brand new tooth brush and toothpaste.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati