Choosing the Right Toothbrush

September 21, 2015

In order for your child to establish a good habit of teeth brushing, you need to enable them with the right toothbrush. So here's what to look for when choosing your child's toothbrush.

little boy toddler brushing his teeth

In order for your child to establish a good habit of teeth brushing, you need to enable them with the right toothbrush. It can be difficult to make sure your kids are brush two times a day, but it’s even more difficult if brushing is uncomfortable. This discomfort can be caused by a number of things so here is a list of things to look for when you’re buying your child’s toothbrush.

Size and Bristles

a bunch of toothbrushes with pink background One of the most important factors in choosing a child’s toothbrush is getting the right size. Depending on the age and size of the child, there are a certain brush recommendations

For children under two years old use a small, soft bristle toothbrush or infant finger toothbrush. For ages over two, look for small-headed toothbrushes with soft bristles and large handles. At this age, kids will want to brush their teeth themselves and the softness ensures gentleness on their gums while the big handle allows them to do it. Kids over eight years old start using toothbrushes that look more like adult toothbrushes but have a bit smaller head.

Manual or Electric

Research shows that there is very little difference between manual and electric toothbrushes in terms of reducing gum disease and removing plaque. At that point, choosing a toothbrush depends on the preference of the child—whether he or she likes the vibration of the brush or finds it more fun to do it manually.

ADA Seal of Approval

toothbrushes in a cup

When buying a toothbrush for your child, look for one with the ADA Seal of Approval. This approval seal is earned by passing an evaluation that tests for safety, usefulness and effectiveness. The evaluation process includes things like undergoing a 90-day clinical investigation with 25 people sampling the brush and other assorted examinations.

The important thing about choosing a toothbrush is getting one you know your child will use. Trust the taste of your child and what they say their comfort level is. Help them develop good habits while they are young so that they’ll continue when they are older. To get a professional cleaning and check up on your teeth, call us to schedule an appointment!

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