Choosing the Right Toothbrush for Your Superhero

October 16, 2015 blog Leave a comment

Too many options and very little information – it’s what many parents experience when it’s time to choose the right toothbrush for their little ones. However, choosing the appropriate toothbrush is a huge part of helping kids get excited about understanding and maintaining excellent oral care.

MolarTron & Friends are here to cut through some of the confusion and address some of the most popular concerns.

One Size Does NOT Fit All

You should always give kids a child-sized toothbrush. A good frame of reference is to pick a toothbrush that is small enough to fit comfortably in your child’s mouth.

Soft Bristles

  • When in doubt, choose a “medium” or “soft” toothbrush. This is highly recommended by dentists since kids are normally in a rush which can lead to over-aggressive brushing and sensitive teeth.
  • 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.

Around this age, kids will want to brush their teeth themselves and the softness ensures gentleness on their gums while a bigger handle simplifies the overall process.

Manual or Electric Toothbrush

In terms of gum disease and plaque removal research shows very little difference between manual and electric toothbrushes. For the most effective course of action you are encouraged to cater to your child’s preference. But don’t take our word for it – the American Dental Association recommends purchasing a toothbrush your child will use.

Good Oral Hygiene

  • Let your little superheroes have a say in the final choice of both toothpaste and toothbrush so you can be sure they are picking something they will want to use day after day.
  • Don’t forget to use toothpaste! You just need a tiny pea-sized amount, and children under two should use a specially-formulated kind designed for them (that doesn’t include fluoride).

Remember, a child’s toothbrush often needs to be replaced more frequently than an adults. Make sure you replace the toothbrush every three months or sooner if your child has been sick. You will also need to seek a replacement toothbrush if the bristles begin to fray and don’t stand up straight. Happy brushing!!