If your child is old enough to start brushing their own teeth, you may be wondering what kind of toothbrush you should buy for them. What should you look for while shopping? In this blog from Cascadia Kids Dentistry, we’ll give you a few top recommendations and tips to keep in mind when buying a toothbrush for your child.
1. A Large, Child-Friendly Handle
Particularly if your child is younger (5-8), and is just learning to brush their teeth, you want a toothbrush that has a large, soft, ergonomic handle. This makes it easier for your child to grasp the brush and use it properly.
2. A Round Toothbrush Head
Generally speaking, a small round or oval toothbrush head will be the best for kids. A smaller toothbrush head is easier for them to maneuver as they learn to brush their teeth, and may make it easier for your little one to clean between their teeth and gums.
3. Soft, Gentle Bristles
Most kids' toothbrushes have very soft bristles. You definitely want to avoid toothbrushes with really stiff bristles. Kids, especially young kids, may have a tendency to push down on the toothbrush really hard when they’re first learning to brush.
If they do this while using a toothbrush with stiff bristles, they could end up causing their gums to bleed. In the long term, using a toothbrush with really stiff bristles could even cause gum recession or damage to the enamel.
4. Fun Characters Or Other Features That Make Brushing Fun
Oral hygiene can be fun, too! When you go to the store, we suggest letting your child come with you to pick out their toothbrush. There are a lot of fun toothbrushes available with characters like superheroes, Minions, cartoon characters, and much more.
Kids love being involved in the process of picking out their own toothbrush, and will be more excited about dental care if they get a toothbrush they really like. There are even some toothbrushes out there that play songs and have other features like lights, which will make teeth brushing more fun and exciting!
5. Powered Toothbrushes
If you have an older child (8+) who knows how to brush their teeth properly, you can consider a powered toothbrush. Manual and powered toothbrushes are equally effective when used properly, but since powered toothbrushes move and rotate, they may make the brushing process easier for your child.
Brush Frequently And Change Your Child’s Brush Every 3-4 Months!
To ensure they maintain good oral hygiene, make sure that your children are brushing for at least 2 minutes twice per day. Once after breakfast and once before bed is a great routine. In addition, make sure to replace their toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months as the bristles wear out.
Don’t forget about routine dental visits, either! Seeing the team at Cascadia Kids Dentistry helps protect your child’s oral health. If your little one is overdue for a consultation, just give us a call at (425) 837-0021 to schedule a consultation today.