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When Should You Buy Your Child an Electric Toothbrush

June 22, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dulcedental @ 4:50 am
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You always do your best to teach your children about maintaining excellent oral hygiene so they don’t end up with preventable dental issues in the future. By encouraging them to brush twice and floss every single day, you are helping to shape the future of their smiles. Another thing that you should think about is the types of dental products and tools that they’re using to keep up with their dental health. At a certain point, your child will likely benefit from using an electric toothbrush. Read on to learn the best age for them to make the switch and what you should look for when choosing one.

What Age Is Best for Switching to an Electric Toothbrush?

Most children can begin using an electric toothbrush by the time they reach the age of 2. At this point in a child’s development, it is important that a parent or trusted adult is always supervising them while brushing. Many children don’t make the switch until they are between the ages of 6 and 8, but it all depends on the kid. With proper technique, a manual toothbrush can also be sufficient. It all depends on personal preference.

What Should You Look for When Choosing an Electric Toothbrush for Your Child?

Here are a handful of things to consider when you are picking out an electric toothbrush for your child:

  • Plaque removal: The most important thing about a toothbrush is that it removes plaque from the surface of the teeth. This is important to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and other oral health issues.
  • Head shape: Head shape and size need to be considered because there are so many hard-to-reach places in the mouth. Some are more effective than others.
  • Bristle quality: Quality bristles last up to three months before needing to be replaced. If your child isn’t using a toothbrush with high-quality bristles, his or her oral hygiene will suffer.
  • Power source: It is better to choose electric toothbrushes that are rechargeable instead of one that uses a battery. They tend to be higher quality.

Things to Know Before Buying Your Child an Electric Toothbrush

Below are a few points to think about before making the switch for your child:

  • Be patient: Some younger children can be frightened by electric toothbrushes. After all, they make noise, vibrate, and may be more difficult to use for children who have more sensitive gag refluxes. It may not be the right choice for them right away.
  • Guidance: Your child will need your help, so guide them. When they watch you use an electric toothbrush with excellent technique, this will help them.
  • Observe: There are things that you should keep an eye out for. For instance, some children breathe through their mouth more than their nose, making it more difficult for them to brush correctly.

Electric toothbrushes are an excellent tool for children and adults to maintain excellent oral hygiene. By using the tips listed above, you can help your whole family maintain happy, healthy smiles!

About the Author

Dr. Christopher Duong is an experience dentist who has been working in the field for over a decade. He earned his dental doctorate from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco and has continued his education by taking courses in pediatric dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, and various other topics. To learn more about oral hygiene or to schedule an appointment for your child at his office in Dallas, visit his website or call (214) 337-0153.

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