Toothbrushes come in all kinds of shapes and sizes these days, making it easy for you to choose one that’s just right for your toddler. Whether you're considering a manual or electric toothbrush for your child, this guide from our Langley children's dentists will help get you started.
Electric toothbrushes require less manual dexterity to do a good job, since the brush itself does most of the work. They also feature nice big handles, making them easier for small hands to grip. Together, these features make brushing easier for small people who are still learning!
Nonetheless, parents will still need to give their toddlers’ teeth a once over after the child is done brushing, just to make sure each tooth gets cleaned.
When selecting an electric toothbrush for your toddler, choose the smallest head size possible. If you can, choose a model that has a timer, to teach your child how long she should be brushing her teeth for. Some models even play a song for the two-minute brushing duration, making the process more fun for your child!
Manual toothbrushes for toddlers should also have small heads and large handles with soft grips, making them easy for small hands to hold onto.
Choose a small brush with soft, flexible bristles, which are easier on the gums. They're also more effective since they go between the teeth and into crevices a bit easier.
It’s important to let your toddler brush his own teeth so that he learns how to do it. But since he is still learning, the parent must also go over the teeth with the toothbrush, to ensure that all the plaque has been removed.