One size does not fit all! Small-headed brushes approximately 1 inch long and ½ inch wide are generally preferable. These small-headed brushes can reach better even around areas like the sides and back of the last tooth without the risk of hurting your child. Most of the companies display age guidelines on their packaging.
Medium and hard bristle brushes when used aggressively can cause enamel wear which in turn leads to teeth sensitivity. Additionally dental professionals worldwide agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and food debris from your teeth. The mouth is a highly sensitive zone especially for children. Brushing with soft bristles will also protect the gums and cheeks from any scraping and damage.
#3 HANDLE AND GRIP:
An easy, softer and comfortable grip with a child friendly handle having lights, music or their favorite cartoon characters engraved on it can make brushing a fun experience for the kids. This will help you engage them in the brushing activity and motivate them positively. Since kids lack the manual dexterity to brush their teeth thoroughly until a later age, it’s best to opt for a handle with a larger grip.
#4 ELECTRIC OR MANUAL?
Research shows that there is not much difference between manual and electric toothbrushes in the cleaning efficiency. Due to limited manual dexterity in children, an electrical toothbrush would be a good alternative. Some kids love the vibrations of the electrical toothbrush. Choosing the right toothbrush would totally depend on what your child finds more exciting and comfortable.
Lastly, a toothbrush that sits in its cradle does no good. So be sure to buy a toothbrush that your child would actually use. It is also important that your child's toothbrush appeals to him/her so that its fun using it every day and night. You may have to experiment with a few different styles and brands available in the market to make the correct choice.
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Note : This article was written and published by Dr. Ankita Shah for WorldOfMoms.