How to Pick the Perfect Toothbrush for Your Child

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How to Pick the Perfect Toothbrush for Your Child

Having the proper toothbrush can play an important role in helping your child obtain a healthier smile.
Below are some smart criteria to use when purchasing your child’s next toothbrush.

Toothbrush head size.

The size of the toothbrush head needs fit your child’s mouth. It should fit comfortably between their cheek and back molars and be small enough to clean all of the tough-to-reach spots.

Handle shape.

The best shape is the one that’s the most comfortable for your child. There are a lot of handle design options, including straight, curved, angled and vibrating. When choosing one for your child, make sure that the handle is large enough and comfortable enough for them to hold and brush for two minutes. One with a rubber grip might be easier for your child to grasp.

Bristle type.

Bristles come in all shapes, sizes and textures, but almost all dentists will tell you that the most important consideration is that the bristles be soft. Soft bristles can effectively clean teeth without damaging sensitive gums the way hard or even medium bristles can. Also, be wary of hard rubber bristle liners (also called burs), as they can cut gums and don’t provide any extra cleaning power.

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Once you have the right toothbrush for your child, make sure it’s being used at least twice a day for at least two minutes per brushing. Also, you should replace the toothbrush once the bristles begin to lose their shape and become frayed, as they will be much less effective in cleaning under the gumline and in deep crevices. This will usually happen after about three months of use.

If your child gets sick, it’s important to replace their toothbrush since bacteria can build up on the toothbrush’s handle and bristles and extend your child’s sickness or reignite it at a later date.

A pediatric dentist can help you choose the best toothbrush for your child and help your child establish a healthy brushing routine. If you don’t yet have a pediatric dentist for your child, please use our search page to find a NuSmile pediatric dentist near you.

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