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What Should I Look for in a Child’s Toothbrush?

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If you want your child to effectively brush his teeth, you need to provide the right supplies. To begin, you need to choose the right toothbrush for your child’s age, brushing habits, and more. Here are a few things you should consider when you purchase a new toothbrush for your child.
Choose the Right Size for His Mouth
Children have small mouths and so it is necessary to find a toothbrush with a small head. These toothbrushes will more easily fit in the small spaces in the back of their mouth and clean their back teeth more effectively. Larger toothbrushes can also make your child gag and create an uncomfortable experience, which you want to avoid. If your child is going to develop strong oral habits, he must enjoy brushing his teeth.
Choose Soft Bristles
A soft-bristled toothbrush should be a priority for individuals of all ages. Bristles that are too hard can damage the enamel on the teeth, making the individual more prone to cavities and increasing the teeth’s sensitivity. The hard bristles can also damage their gums and other areas of the mouth.
Comfortable Grip
Children have small hands and it is difficult for them to grip large bulky handles. When looking for the perfect child’s toothbrush, you want to consider the handle. Make sure the handle is long and easy to grip for your child. Some products will feature small rubber grips to help children master how to hold the toothbrush and effectively brush their teeth. Ideally, you want to look for a product that creates as much comfort as possible or your child.
A Feature that is Motivating
When looking for the best child’s toothbrush, you want to consider a product that motivates your child to brush his or her teeth. This could be something as simple as being a certain colour or features a specific cartoon character or person. For older children, they may want an electric toothbrush or a toothbrush with Bluetooth technology that connects to an app and makes brushing a game. Regardless of the toothbrush you choose, it is important you replace the toothbrush every three months. Toothbrushes that are used for longer periods of time have damaged and worn-
down bristles that will not be effective cleaning teeth and removing bacteria from the mouth. If you have questions about the best type of toothbrush for your child, talk to your dentist. They can provide guidance specific to your child’s age and oral needs.

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