What Is The Best Toothbrush For Kids?

When it comes to toothbrushes, there are a lot of options out there to choose from. You may find yourself asking questions like, “how do I know if this is the right size toothbrush for my child?” or “is there a certain type of toothbrush that is better than others for kids?” Because we know kids teeth and how to care for them, we have set out to answer some of the most

What Is the Best Toothbrush for Kids?

The Canadian Dental Association says that the best toothbrush for children is a soft toothbrush that has rounded bristles.

Also keep in mind that toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 to 4 months. Children can be especially hard on their toothbrushes, so make sure to inspect the state of the bristles from time to time. In some cases, a toothbrush may need to be replaced sooner than this.

When bristles are bent or otherwise in poor condition, they will not be effective at removing food particles and plaque from the teeth. Bristles that are in poor condition can also hurt your child’s gums.

Tips for Brushing Your Children’s Teeth

Remember that children need help brushing their teeth until they can handwrite (not just print!) their own name. Until then, children cannot clean their own teeth. This is one mistake that many parents make when it comes to their children’s dental health.

Children under the age of 3 need to have their teeth brushed by an adult. For older children (who cannot yet handwrite their own name), parents must assist children and check their teeth after.

Brushing should be done both morning and night. Failing to brush your child’s teeth at night gives the sugars in their mouth time to do their work overnight, especially since the mouth produces less saliva to help with removing sugars from the mouth.

As for your choice of toothpaste, it should have fluoride in it. If the tube or box of toothpaste has the Canadian Dental Association symbol on it, this means that the toothpaste contains fluoride. However, ensure that your child only uses a small amount of toothpaste.

We have discussed the topic of how much toothpaste you should use in a previous blog post, which you can read here.

The Takeaway

Your best toothbrush for your child is a soft brush with rounded bristles that’s also in good condition. Ensure that you replace your child’s toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or whenever the bristles look like they are worn down.

Smile Town is a pediatric dental clinic specifically designed for children. Our pediatric dentists will make your child’s dentist appointment positive and fun. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact us here.

Sources:
http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care_children/cleaning.asp