How to Pick the Right Toothbrush for Your Child

How to Pick the Right Toothbrush for Your Child

Posted by ROBERT A SAUNDERS DDS PC & BRITTANY C KROG DDS on Oct 13 2021, 07:03 AM

It is not an easy task to select a toothbrush, especially if it is for your kids. There are many options to choose from and some of them can be really specific.  

Kids’ toothbrushes are available in a variety of sizes, types, and shapes. However, with the below suggestions, you can easily choose the appropriate toothbrush for your child's dental needs to help them build healthy dental care habits. 

Keep reading to learn more about how to choose the right toothbrush for your child according to our dental team at Robert A Saunders DDS PC & Brittany C Krog DDS in Fargo, North Dakota.

What Type of Toothbrush Children of Different Age-Groups Should Use 

Every parent wants a toothbrush that fits comfortably in their child’s mouth and is easy to hold. This is irrespective of how old their kids are. 

For kids, it’s best to choose a brush with very soft bristles. They help clean the teeth without being too harsh on the gums. 

Here is a breakdown of what kind of brushes children should use according to their age:

  • For Babies 

Always use a brush with a very tiny head, which will fit comfortably in the baby’s mouth. Keep your hand extremely gentle while brushing the gums and teeth. 

  • For Toddlers

Brushing can be very exciting and enjoyable for kids aged 2 and above. Your kid will want to copy your actions and try to participate in the brushing process. 

For toddlers, select a brush that has a small head and soft bristles and is easy to hold. Also try to opt for catchy colors so that the toothbrush will grab their attention. 

  • For Ages 5-8 

At this age, kids are able to brush on their own, but they will still need adult supervision. You can select a toothbrush with a leaner handle compared to the ones a toddler would use but still choose a soft-bristled one. 

  • For Ages 8 and Up 

By this age, kids can brush their teeth on their own, even without supervision. You can purchase any toothbrush with a slightly smaller head and larger handle. 

You can also have them use an electric toothbrush. The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests that both manual and electric toothbrushes have a similar ability to clean teeth and gums. 

If you still have doubts about how to pick the right toothbrush for your child, contact Robert A Saunders DDS PC & Brittany C Krog DDS at (701) 293-9886 or visit us at 2834 S University Dr, Fargo, North Dakota 58103.

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