Which Toothbrush Is Right for Your Child?

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How to Choose the Right Toothbrush for Your Child?

With so many types of toothbrushes on the market, choosing the right one for your child can be confusing. You need to pick one that is designed for your child’s age, will be easy to use, and that he or she will enjoy using twice a day.

A toothbrush should fit easily in your child’s mouth. Choose a brush with soft bristles made of a round-ended or polished material because they will get your child’s teeth clean without being too harsh on the gums.

When your child is a baby or toddler, you can use a damp cloth or gauze to clean his or her teeth and gums. You can also use a gentle toothbrush. You can even start brushing before your baby has any teeth. A baby’s toothbrush should have a very small head that will fit comfortably in the mouth. Brushing your baby’s teeth and gums will get him or her used to twice-daily brushing.

When your child reaches the age of 2, he or she will probably want to participate more in brushing. Choose a toothbrush with a small head and a soft grip that will be easy for your child to hold. A toddler does not have the coordination to brush effectively, but he or she can try before or after a parent does a more thorough job. You can try a manual or powered toothbrush.

Toothbrushes for kids between the ages of 5 and 8 have slimmer handles because older children have more dexterity than toddlers. A child between 5 and 8 years old can do a better job of brushing, but you will still need to supervise and may need to help with hard-to-reach places. Many toothbrushes for children in this age range are decorated with popular TV and movie characters, animals, and other fun designs. Choose a toothbrush your child likes so that he or she will look forward to using it.

Kids aged 8 and older can brush their teeth themselves. Toothbrushes for older children are similar to adult toothbrushes, but the heads are slightly smaller and the handles are larger. A preadolescent child can use either a manual or electric toothbrush. Both do an equally good job of cleaning teeth, but a powered toothbrush may be easier for a child to use.

Your child should brush after breakfast and before bed and floss once a day. Replace the toothbrush every three months, or sooner if the bristles start to fray and don’t stand up straight. Children’s toothbrushes often need to be replaced more frequently than adults’. When choosing a toothbrush for your child, follow the age guidelines on the package and involve your child in the decision to find a toothbrush that he or she will enjoy using.

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