Picking a Toothbrush for Your Child: The Facts

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Do you know what you would do while you’re standing in the store choosing a toothbrush for your child? Did you know that your little one’s toothbrush can actually have a major impact on their oral health? How do you choose the right brush for your child?

The first thing you should consider is the firmness of a brush’s bristles. Hard bristles can actually damage your little one’s teeth. Incidentally, hard bristles can actually damage an adult’s teeth as well. To avoid these issues, please select a brush with soft bristles.

When you purchase your child’s brush, we recommend picking a brush with a rounded head. Most brushes have either a rounded head or a rectangular one, but rounded heads typically fit best in your little one’s mouth. If your child is able to reach the back of their mouth, they’ll probably enjoy brushing more—meaning they’ll be more likely to brush regularly. Also, if your child’s brush fits well, they’ll be able to reach their back teeth more easily.

Finally, please remember that you should replace your child’s toothbrush every few months. If a brush is frayed or used for too long, it could harbor harmful bacteria. You can also help your child want to brush their teeth by choosing a design they enjoy.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to give Allen Pediatric Dentistry a call at 972-535-8169. Dr. Jessie Hunter and the rest of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon!