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Choosing a Toothbrush for Your Child

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Choosing a Toothbrush for Your Child

Choosing the right toothbrush for your child is not just a one-time task but a long-term commitment to their oral health. A walk down the oral care aisle at the drugstore or a big box store will quickly reveal that there is more to buying a child’s toothbrush than expected. Unlike buying adult toothbrushes (although these also require some considerations), with children, there are an assortment of factors to keep in mind. These factors include your child’s dexterity, the age of your child, the size of the toothbrush, and even the shape of the toothbrush. Adding to these considerations is the knowledge that as your child grows, the type of children’s toothbrush needed will change. So, this parenting task will reoccur for many years, but the benefits of your diligence will be seen in your child’s healthy smile.

Fortunately, with some basic guidelines, you can easily navigate the children’s oral care aisle. What’s more, by selecting the right toothbrush for your child, you’re taking a proactive step in preventing cavities and dental problems.

Children’s Toothbrush Must-Haves

The Bristles: Always opt for a soft-bristled children’s toothbrush. These are more effective at removing plaque and preventing your child’s teeth and gums from being damaged. Children are more likely to press down hard when brushing their teeth, and a medium or hard-bristled brush will cause wear and tear to the protective enamel layer.

 

The Right Size: It should go without saying that a baby’s mouth is smaller than a toddler’s mouth, a toddler’s is smaller than a first grader’s, and a first grader’s mouth is smaller than your middle school child’s. As such, choose a toothbrush that is designed for the stage your child currently is. Most children’s toothbrush manufacturers will include something on the label to indicate the age suggestions for a particular toothbrush.

Here are some basic guidelines for choosing the right size:

  • 0 -1 years old- Use a damp cloth to wipe their gums after eating.
  • 1-3 years old – Once teeth come in, opt for a small-headed toothbrush or a finger brush.
  • 3-5 years old – Choose a toothbrush with a small head but a larger handle, as this will fit better in their hand and allow them to brush more effectively.
  • 5-8 years old – Look for a children’s toothbrush with a larger head and slimmer handle.
  • 8 years old and up – The toothbrush will be similar in size and appearance to an adult’s brush. Also, at this point, your child should be able to brush their teeth without supervision.

 

Shape Matters: When choosing a child’s toothbrush, opt for one diamond-shaped or round. This ensures optimum cleaning between the teeth and the gums.

 

Manual or Electric? This is not a decision to focus on until your child is officially using a larger brush. Either option is effective, but an electric brush removes more plaque and debris from the teeth. Also, an electric brush often has a timer or will work with a mobile device to help your child be sure they are brushing long enough. Of course, if your child is great about brushing their teeth and has a healthy oral history, then a manual brush may be the ideal choice.

 

Get the Approval: Having a toothbrush your child likes and approves of is essential and will make brushing easier. But be sure whatever brush you choose has the American Dental Association’s approval so you know it is safe for your child.

Choosing the right toothbrush for your child doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Use these tips, pay attention to your child’s needs, and keep an eye on their dental routine. With every smile your child shares, you can take pride in your role in their oral health. And if you ever need guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Alina, Kid’s Pediatric Dentist. We’re here to help you and your child maintain those healthy smiles.

 

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