Brushing your child’s teeth initially, can be quite challenging. So the first bit of advice I would give to all you parents out there, is to try and establish a routine that encourages your child to brush their teeth twice per day, allowing you to help them with at least one of those brushes.
After you have recognised some sort of routine, you can consider what type of brush your child would be most suited to use. There are benefits to using manual brushes, and benefits to using electric brushes, it really is down to personal preference, and the same rule goes for the children.
There are various toothbrushes on the market, ranging from affordable, to quite expensive. One thing to point out is; you could buy your child the most expensive brush on the market, but if it doesn’t suit them, if it is used incorrectly, or they just don’t like the sensation of an electric brush, your child is not going to have the desired affect, of nice, clean teeth!
So here are my top tips on how to help you choose what brush is most suitable for your child:-
1. Establish a good routine of brushing every morning and evening.
2. Allow your child to get used to using a manual brush first. This can take up until 8 years of age. Until this time, you should still be assisting at least one of their brushes.
3. If you’re keen, or your child is keen to have an electric brush, get them a toothbrush head for your electric brush, or buy them a reasonably priced brush to see if they actually like it, and are going to use it. Try and encourage them to give it a good go (around a week or two) to see if they like the sensation of it.
4. If your child gets on with the electric brush, then you have your answer. At your next dental or hygienist appointment, bring your brushes in, and they can go through brushing tips with you, to ensure you’re getting the most out of your toothbrush.
5. To summerise; my final toothbrush tip is to ensure you get a small head to get to those tricky places and replace the head every three months.