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How to Select the Right Toothbrush for Your Baby, Toddler and Older Kid

By Edited Jul 29, 2016 0 0

Choosing the right toothbrush for your baby and toddler is important. You need to consider the age of your child and the size of the toothbrush if you want to buy one. There are different products in the market that cater to your child's needs but you need to check whether these products are recommended by the most trusted dental association in your country.

If you want your baby to have a plaque-free teeth, you may start cleaning your baby's mouth twice a day preferably early in the morning and before bedtime so that he or she will be accustomed to it. It would be good if you'll have a time schedule so that your baby will also be habituated to your gentle brushing.

Proper cleaning and flossing plus regular dental check-up can make your child's gums as well as teeth strong and healthy. A child's oral health is important and you need to begin a good dental hygiene program as early as possible. 

For toddlers, it is always suggested that their teeth should be brushed after each meal to avoid plaque build-up. Plaque is a sticky substance that contains food debris, mucus and bacteria. Some toddlers are hesitant to clean and brush their teeth but if they'll be provided the right toothbrush then they may even enjoy doing it under the supervision of their parents.

There are many kinds of toothbrushes designed for the various stages of your child's growth and development so it's necessary to select the right toothbrush possible for each important phase in their life. Without daily brushing, your child's teeth and gums become vulnerable to gum disease, tooth decay, dental plaque and tartar. Choosing the right toothbrush can help your children develop a daily habit of brushing their teeth resulting to a good oral hygiene.

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      Go online to read various reviews mostly from parents about effective toothbrushes that they were able to use for their babies, toddlers and older kids. You can also read popular and trusted websites that tell you if their products shown have been checked, tested and reviewed by a team of pediatric dental health care professionals. 

      If you want to purchase quality toothbrushes online, check whether these products or the website offering them has plenty of satisfied customers. There are better dental care products and you can find them either in grocery stores, shopping malls or throughout the internet.

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      Look for quality designed toothbrushes for babies with teething bumps on wide end to help ease teething pain as well as improve gum circulation. It is important to provide your baby a daily cleaning schedule for his or her oral health. Consider buying bright and colorful toothbrushes that your babies will love to look. 

      Check if the toothbrush has extra soft end-rounded bristles in an unbreakable handle with an easy-grasp shape to help build brushing handiness without the risk of being pushed inside the baby's mouth. You also need to consider toothbrushes made with tiny bristles so that they can help massage the baby's gums too. 

      Other toothbrushes may do well with your baby especially if it's designed and supported by a team of pediatric dental health care professionals. Look for a finger wear toothbrush that is non-stick, PVC free, made from 100% food grade silicone, easy to clean and store. Inspect if the finger wear toothbrush comes with extra-stretching ability so that it can stimulate the baby's sucking action naturally. 

      You also need to examine whether the shape of the brush is fit for the mouth of your baby to reduce air inhalation. Other toothbrushes offer a very good thermal stability as well as weather tolerance so try to read the package before buying any dental kit or tool with bristles for cleaning the sensitive teeth of your baby.

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      Consider buying colorful toothbrushes that come with lights that flash for 60-80 second intervals to encourage toddlers brush longer. Most toddlers love to see colorful lights and you can give this amazement to them by purchasing toothbrushes that give two color coordinated lights that will illuminate the entire brush just to make brushing fun and entertaining. 

      Toddlers will enjoy it and the longer they will brush their teeth that will lead to more plaque removal. Be careful if you decide to use this type of brush for your toddlers because it may become a choking hazzard if the battery compartment can be opened easily. 

      Make sure that if your toddler will use this kind of toothbrush, you're also inside the bathroom supervising him or her. Look for a toothbrush with a long handle that allows you to help brush your toddler's teeth well. 

      It would be good if it's made with rubber handle designed for easy grip since toddlers have small hands. A soft grip toothbrush can also provide a better control as well as comfort when toddlers will use it to brush their teeth. You can also buy a cushioned brush head because this is ideal for toddlers with sensitive mouths.

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      Choose electric toothbrushes that are proven to be effective at removing plaque for your older kids. Many children find them easier and fun to use. Some parents find them more helpful and effective compared to a manual toothbrush. 

      When using an electric toothbrush for the first time, select one with extra-soft nylon bristles with a small head to ensure gentle cleaning and avoid gum-bleeding. Bleeding will not occur when your older kid will learn the proper control of his or her electric toothbrush making the gums stronger and healthier. 

      Look for a quality brand with a rechargeable brush since it's much better than a battery operated one unless you keep renewing the battery before it slows down. There are also added features if you decide to get an electric brush like one with a timer and a small oscillating head. 

      Some parents find this to be cost-effective too because the heads can easily be changed. Parents can buy only one handle with separate heads for each kid.

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      Select a talking toothbrush if you have difficulty in making your older kid brush his or her teeth. It won't be as cheap as any ordinary toothbrush but this innovation in kid's oral care could be very helpful with some parents. This kind of toothbrush usually has a unique product feature like an attractive cat or dog character design and a wonderful voice that kids will enjoy. 

      The toothbrush is primary designed to focus more on educating, entertaining and encouraging kids to brush their teeth for good oral hygiene. They could also come with an educational book about the importance of maintaining the teeth and mouth clean. 

      There are also toothbrushes with a very nice looking superhero character handle that can simply make brushing exciting and fun. Your kids will like to hold their superhero character since they will be encouraged to use it to fight against plaque. Other toothbrushes comes with a 60-second musical timer that also encourage children to brush their teeth more often.

Tips & Warnings

  • You need to teach your older kids to slowly and carefully navigate the head of the electric toothbrush on their teeth allowing the bristles to thoroughly clean the teeth and surfaces inside the mouth. The electric toothbrush may be more advantageous because it can easily cover more area faster compared to a manual toothbrush. 

    It could be much better as a dental tool because it may remove plaque with less effort for your child compared to any regular brush. Older kids will be encouraged to use electric toothbrushes if they can see their parents use them.

  • Try to avoid using an electric toothbrush for your toddler's oral care because the enamel on their teeth and the gums are still too soft for it unless it has ultra-soft nylon bristles which ensures gentle cleaning. You may also refer it to his or her pediatric dentist for approval and recommendation. 

    Consider purchasing an electric toothbrush that comes with a manufacturer's warranty and purchase it from a trusted website or store that has a good return policy. Take note that children who want to use electric toothbrushes under the age of ten still need adult supervision.

  • Buy your baby's or toddler's first oral toothpaste or cleanser that is non-foaming, non-abrasive, fluoride-free and safe to swallow. It should be specially formulated appropriate for their age in case it will be swallowed.

  • Select a toothbrush with a long neck and extended tip bristles to help clean hard-to-each back teeth as well as surfaces inside the mouth. You can also choose a toothbrush that comes with a suction cup base to reduce counter clutter and helps keep bristles clean. 

    Always consider the head size of the toothbrush. For 0 to 2 year olds, it should probably between 12-15 mm; for 3 to 5 year olds 16-19 mm; for 6 to 10 year olds 19-22 mm and for 11 year 12 olds 19-25 mm.

  • If you want a more innovative type of toothbrush that your older kid will enjoy using, you may select the one that opens and closes automatically. Some toothbrushes have necks that can easily bend to desired angle when it is being heated under hot running water and will easily become colder when placed in a cold water.

  • A pediatric dentist has 2 more years of specialty training following a 4 year degree of dental schooling to become an oral care provider for infants, toddlers, and adolescents. Pediatric dentists specializes in treating children concerning their oral health.

  • You can begin cleaning your baby's mouth everyday using a clean and wet washcloth. You need to make your baby feel relaxed and start wiping the gums gently. Most dental associations as well as the pediatric dentistry groups recommend that your child's first dental examination should take place between the ages of 12 and 15 months. Check whether the toothbrush that you're going to buy has a seal of approval by the most trusted dental association in your country.

  • Even if you keep on washing your child's toothbrush with water after each use, you still need to stop using it after 2-3 months. A toothbrush is exposed to leftover food so it's easily susceptible to germs which can affect your dental health if you keep on using it for many months. No matter how well you clean your kid's toothbrush after every use, germs could still accumulate over time.

  • If your toddler or older kid is hesitant to use an electric brush then continue to encourage him to use his or her favorite manual toothbrush. Brushing his teeth well 2-3 times a day is more important than the type of toothbrush he or she uses.

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