Brushing twice a day is an important step in keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy. For most parents, picking a kids’ toothbrush is a lot more difficult than it sounds. You may be wondering what size of toothbrush, electric or manual and even the style. With literally dozens of choices hanging on supermarket shelves to choose from, Abougoush Family Dental wants to make the process a little easier.
How to Pick the Right Toothbrush for Your Child
While the fun and bright-coloured toothbrushes go over well with children and can even make brushing fun, it is still important to pick the right type of brush and think of aesthetics later.
- Bristles - Hard bristles should not be used in a child’s mouth or even an adult’s. Children need soft bristles that are gentle on their delicate gums.
- Size - The toothbrush should fit comfortably in your child’s mouth. Depending on your child’s age and the size of their mouth, you may need to opt for a rounded head versus a rectangular one. If your child complains that the toothbrush is uncomfortable, try a different size until you find one that is comfortable. A child will not brush if it hurts and a toothbrush that is too big will not reach the back teeth.
- Manual versus Electric - For children, it can be hard to brush teeth as well as they should, but electric models could be cumbersome for younger children. If you do opt for an electric or battery-operated model, do not forgo checking your child’s teeth after brushing; they can still miss critical areas.
Also, your child’s brush should be replaced every few months and especially if bristles ever look worn.
What About Kids’ Toothpaste?
Be cautious about toothpaste. A child’s toothpaste is not the same as adult varieties. Your child does not need excess fluoride and if they swallow it, it could be harmful. So, use a toothpaste designed for children only to ensure it uses minimal fluoride but still benefits their teeth. When you help your child brush, just make sure they are only using the size of a pea when squeezing out toothpaste.
If you have questions about your child’s oral health, speak with a Calgary pediatric dentist at Abougoush Family Dental. We have friendly Calgary family dentists that can treat children of all ages, instill great brushing habits and even help you find the right toothbrush and toothpaste. Call us at 403-289-7370 or contact us online.