Selecting an Electric Toothbrush for Your Child

Electric and manual toothbrushes can both be excellent tools to thoroughly clean the surfaces of your child’s teeth. When you’re working with little ones, your Lenexa pediatric dentist understands that it’s not always about functionality – it’s often more about fun! An electric toothbrush may boost interest in brushing and length of time at the sink, while reducing the resistance to brushing. All great things from a parental point of view! There are some things to keep in mind when choosing an electric toothbrush for your child.

Is it approved by the ADA? The American Dental Association is the standard setter in toothbrushes, when it comes to the opinion of your Lenexa pediatric dentist. This means that the brush has been tested and approved by the ADA and meets all their rigorous criteria. You can find the ADA Seal of Approval on the packaging for the toothbrush. If you can’t find it, skip it.

Is it for kids? Most dentists would agree that an electric toothbrush is safe and fun for children over the age of three (supervised). When it comes to choosing one for your child, keep in mind that bigger isn’t necessarily better. Picking up a heavy adult-size electric brush might be tempting because you want your child to have the best electric toothbrush out there. However, you want to make sure that the brush is easy to handle and has a small head with soft bristles for little teeth. Look for labels that say “child-size head” and a handle that is easy to maneuver. When it comes to price, consider how often the toothbrush (or brush head) needs to replaced, does it have a warranty, and will it last through this age stage with your child?

Does your child like it? Getting your child on board is a big part of making an electric toothbrush work. To inspire your kid to brush more, let him or her pick out their favorite characters, colors, or styles. Whether it lights up, glows in the dark, or has their favorite Disney character, these features may seem over-the-top but it’s probably what gets your child to the sink without a fuss. Remember that your child is more likely to use a toothbrush when he or she is part of the decision to get a new toothbrush.

An electric toothbrush might be just what your child needs in order to be a better brusher. However, an electric toothbrush won’t mean that your little one can spend less time brushing or will automatically be a more effective brusher. Remember that efficient brushing requires a helping hand from a parent more times than not. You may have to coax your child with games, songs, or timers to make sure they’re brushing thoroughly. Your Lenexa pediatric dentist knows that brushing can be a struggle but it’s also the best way to prevent dental issues, gum disease, and painful visits to the dentist in the future.

This article is brought to you by Dr. Cobb The Kid’s Dentist, an Olathe, Kansas provider of comprehensive, high-quality pediatric dental care. If you wish to make an appointment for a dental cleaning or evaluation, feel free to contact the office of Dr. David J. Cobb.

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