Should kids use electric toothbrushes, or should they stick to a manual one at least until they reach their teens? Parents ask our family dentists this question all the time. Here is our take on the subject matter.
Kids Can Use Electric Toothbrushes
We generally believe in most methods that motivate your children to brush. An electric brush definitely has a novelty factor that will make kids eager to experiment. While we’re all for it, parents should be aware that they still need to supervise how their kids brush.
Parents must realize that some electric toothbrushes need to be used differently than manual ones. These unusual instruments come with circular heads designed to clean one tooth at a time. You don’t run it across your teeth like a regular toothbrush. Does your child have the patience to carefully go through each tooth?
If you use an electric brush yourself, then brush with your child for the first few days. Open your mouth wide so your kid can see you clean. The tooth you’re cleaning is the same tooth your child should also be on.
Picking Out a Model
Here are a few helpful tips for selecting an electronic toothbrush for your young one:
- Only use ADA-approved electric brushes.
- Avoid hard and medium bristles. Select soft and rounded bristles, which may also be referred to as polished bristles.
- Choose a model with a child-size handle. Do not use an electric toothbrush intended for adults.
- Go for the gimmicks. Children will be more motivated if the handle comes in the form of Sponge Bob, Spiderman, or a Disney princess.
Schedule Your Child for an Appointment
Bring your child to Silver Firs Dental to meet our dentists. Dental checkups for your kids are necessary regardless of the type of brush they use. An electric toothbrush for kids, however, is perfectly fine as long as they don’t compromise their brushing technique.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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