One of the most important steps you can take to establish a good habit of regular teeth brushing for your child is to get them the right toothbrush. It is difficult enough as a parent to ensure that your kid regularly brushes their teeth. Finding them a fun, yet comfortable toothbrush can make it so that they are more willing to follow through with their oral hygiene ritual. One of the number one reasons that children shy away from regular brushing is because their toothbrush does not fit their mouth and causes discomfort. As such Dr. Scott and the pediatric dentistry team have created a guide to finding the right toothbrush for your child. Learn more below.
Choose the Right Size and Bristles
Perhaps the most important aspect of choosing a toothbrush for your child is ensuring you have the right size. There are some general recommendations based on your child’s age. Remember though, everyone is different, so if your child has a smaller mouth you may want to downsize.
- Ages two years old and under – You can use an infant finger brush, or a small, soft bristle toothbrush.
- Over the age of two – Find a toothbrush with a small-headed, soft-bristled brush on a large handle. Around this age, children will want to begin brushing their own teeth. The larger handle will allow them to handle their toothbrush, while at the same time, the small head of the toothbrush will help to ensure they don’t cause too much discomfort.
- Kids eight years old and older – At around this age, they can start using regular size toothbrushes, similar to an adult toothbrush. However, it is important you continue to purchase soft-bristled toothbrushes. If the adult-sized toothbrushes are causing too much discomfort, opt for a smaller brush head until they are ready.
Manual vs. Electric
In general, both options can get the job done. However, powered toothbrushes can help children who lack the manual dexterity to clean their teeth well. These can be a good option around the age of 6 or 7 as children graduate to large brushes but still have trouble handling them. Many pediatric dentistry offices recommend going electric around this age.
Get Advice From an Expert
Dr. Scott and the pediatric dentistry office have recommendations for specific toothbrushes that have gone quality control test for effectiveness and safety. In addition, you can get toothbrushes that have been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
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What Style Toothbrush?
Believe it or not, most pediatric dentistry offices will recommend finding a toothbrush with your child’s favorite cartoon character or something that they’re interested in. The more your child enjoys the process of oral hygiene, the more likely they will regularly brush. While this step is not required by any means, it can help to establish your child’s routine.
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Looking for a New Pediatric Dentistry Office?
Try Dr. Scott at Parkcrest Dental Group. Dr. Scott and his team have been serving families in Springfield, MO for over 20 years. Our pediatric dentistry team is made up of individuals who are committed to providing excellent dental service to children. If you would like to learn more call us today at 417-262-5515.