Besides the toothbrushes your dentist provides, it can be hard to know exactly what’s best for teeth—especially for your children. Grocery stores and pharmacies are filled with many different brands and styles. Each kind of toothbrush comes with advantages and disadvantages. Having a basic knowledge of what works best in which scenario will help you to pick the best brush for your little one.
Manual or Electric
Either of these styles of toothbrush can be effective. But with each one, there are few things to look for in order to make sure you are getting the best brush possible. The rotating and oscillating electric toothbrushes have been shown to remove more plaque than a regular toothbrush, and there is also evidence that they make significant reduction to gingivitis. So, if you decide to go with an electric brush, make sure and choose one that is oscillating.
With these brushes and manual ones if you decide they are a better fit than electric make sure you choose soft bristles, especially on younger teeth. But, just because you have the “soft” bristles doesn’t mean that you should let them loose the firmness they have. Make sure to replace the brush every three months to ensure that the bristles stay straight and firm without wearing out. Another important aspect to any brush is the size. Buy a smaller toothbrush that is appropriately sized for your child’s mouth.
What’s most important, more so than electric or even soft bristles, is the technique your child learns. Help your child to learn the proper timing and movements that are recommended by their dentist. Often times, children can’t reach every spot on their teeth, and so it’s often advised that parents let their children start brushing, and then help them finish at the end. Supervision and support is the best way to help your children build healthy teeth habits that will last for the rest of their lives.
If you are concerned about the brush your child is using or using the appropriate techniques, discuss these issues with your pediatric dentist. They will help you to make a plan that will help your child become an expert teeth brusher.