How to Pick the Right Toothbrush for Your Child
Posted by SILVER FIRS DENTAL on Feb 24 2022, 09:40 PM
Getting your kid involved in picking the right toothbrush makes the toothbrushing session more enjoyable. As a parent, you are responsible to pick the right toothbrush designed for the kid's age, ease of use, and enjoyment as they brush twice a day.
Choose the Right Toothbrush
The right toothbrush for your kid's delicate teeth helps to protect their oral health and maintain their bright healthy smile. Parents should consider brushing twice a day as their kid's daily routine as soon as the first teeth erupt from the gumline. Here are a few ideas to consider while choosing the toothbrush.
- Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that is gentle on your kid's teeth and gums.
- Let your child pick the color of their choice.
- Let your child pick their favorite theme that features their best-loved cartoon character.
- Select the toothbrush which is handy for the child to hold in their hand.
- Select the one in which the brush head comfortably fits in the child's mouth.
Things to Consider While Choosing Toothbrush Based on Age
Toothbrushes for Babies
The habit of toothbrushing starts once the first tooth erupts. You can wipe your baby’s gums with a damp cloth after feeding before the tooth erupts. Once the tooth erupts, make tooth brushing a daily routine with a toothbrush with a tiny head that fits into the infant's mouth.
Toothbrushes for 3- to 5-year-old Toddlers
Choose the toothbrush for toddlers with small heads and large handles with soft grips which are handy for kids to hold in their hands. At this age, the toddler may not be in full control of their toothbrushing. Parents should engage with their kids to make toothbrushing effective and motivating.
Toothbrushes for Ages 5 to 8
At this age, your kid is proving themselves to be independent about their dental care. Pick the toothbrush with slimmer handles than a toddler’s to improve oral care effectively.
Toothbrushes for Ages 8 and Up
Kids of this age are able to brush their teeth independently. Choose the toothbrush that looks similar to adult ones with slightly smaller heads and larger handles.
Following good oral care practices like brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits ensure better oral health for your little ones. For the best oral care, reach out to us at Silver Firs Dental, 13209 44th Ave SE #201, Mill Creek, WA 98012. Call us to book an appointment at (425) 225-5757.