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Choosing The Right Toothbrush For Your Child
Posted on 08/18/2016

Choosing The Right Toothbrush For Your Child

At Alderwood Children’s Dentistry, our Lynnwood and Bothell pediatric dentist, Dr. Clint Worton, is committed to helping all our patients achieve and maintain beautiful and healthy smiles. One of the most important things kids can do to keep their teeth strong, healthy, and attractive is to do a great job of brushing. In order for kids to be champion brushers, they need to use good quality toothbrushes designed for kids that can get the job done well.

Toothbrushes

With so many toothbrushes for kids on the market, choosing one for your child can be a daunting task. Therefore, our Bothell kids dentist and his team have put together this short but helpful guide to choosing a good quality children’s toothbrush.

Your Bothell Pediatric Dentist Helps You Choose A Kids Toothbrush

What To Look For In A Kids Toothbrush

Regardless of how old your child may be, it is important that the toothbrush they use fits comfortably in their mouth and is a brush that’s easy for them to hold and use. The toothbrush should have very soft bristles with rounded ends to ensure it is safe and gentle to use on sensitive gums. Consider letting your child choose a children’s toothbrush that comes in his or her favorite color or one that features a cartoon or movie character your child likes. This way, your child will be more likely to look forward to brushing his or her teeth.

Oral Care for Babies and Toddlers

There are toothbrushes at most drug and discount department stores which are made specifically for babies and toddlers. These toothbrushes typically feature bright colors and have very small heads which are designed to fit inside very young mouths.

Of course, you will have to brush your baby’s mouth to keep the gums clean. But by the time your baby is a toddler, he or she will want to try brushing his or her teeth on their own. Be sure to provide your toddler with a toothbrush that has a large handle that’s easy to grip and a small head. Because a toddler still is not able to control a toothbrush effectively enough to brush his or her teeth well, you will have to do most of the brushing for your child. You can let your child take a turn once you’ve finished as practicing brushing can help your child become a very good brusher later on.

Brushing for Kids Aged 5 to 8

Between the ages of five and eight, children are nearly ready to independently brush their teeth. Toothbrushes made for kids of this age group feature slightly slimmer handles than brushes made for younger children. The sky’s the limit when it comes to toothbrush colors and designs so your child shouldn’t have any problem finding a brush he or she likes. Children between the ages of five and eight should be monitored closely to make sure they’re spending enough time brushing all the tooth surfaces.

Oral Care for Kids Aged 8 Years and Up

Kids eight years of age or older can typically brush their teeth on their own. Toothbrushes designed for kids of this age group are similar to adult toothbrushes but still have smaller heads and slightly larger handles. Your child can use either a regular toothbrush or an electric toothbrush as both can get the job done well. Just make sure any electric brush you buy carries the American Dental Association or ADA seal of approval to ensure it’s safe and effective to use.

Contact Your Bothell Pediatric Dentist

If you have any questions about what type of toothbrush to choose for your child or would like to book an appointment for your child to visit us, please don’t hesitate to contact us at our Lynnwood office - we are always happy to speak with you! As your local Bothell kids dentist, we want your child to do a great job of brushing his or her teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene is key to keeping your child’s smile healthy and attractive!