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How to Choose the Right Toothbrush for Your Child

Choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste is vital to your kiddo’s oral health, and it’s important to know what tools are best for their oral care at every developmental stage. From your baby’s first tooth to your teenager starting orthodontic treatment, our team at HT Complete Family Dentistry is here to help you find the right choice for their best smile!

There are several factors to consider when selecting the right toothbrush and the best toothpaste for your kiddo. Our HT Complete Family Dentistry team has compiled a list of variables to consider so you can find the perfect toothbrush and toothpaste combo for your children.

Bristle Softness

When you’re selecting a toothbrush for your child, it’s important to remember that their teeth and gums are still developing. Opt for a toothbrush with soft bristles for a gentle and effective cleaning.

Handle Grip

Pay close attention to the handle grip on a toothbrush when selecting the right one for your kiddo. Make sure it’s the proper size for their hand so they can maintain control and learn the proper agility while brushing.

Size of Brush Head

In order to accommodate your child’s mouth, select a toothbrush with a small head so they can comfortably fit inside their mouth. Smaller brush heads will help your little one to properly clean all surfaces or their teeth, ensuring a squeaky clean, happy smile every time.

Color and Design

It may seem unnecessary, but if you want your child to be excited about brushing, one great way to help them get there is to buy a toothbrush with colors, designs and extras that appeal to them. If you child loves Paw Patrol, pick the toothbrush featuring those characters. Choose a toothbrush in their favorite color, or pick the toothbrush that sings a chorus of their favorite song so they know how long to brush. This is the fun part of teeth-brushing, and will help your child enjoy brushing their teeth.

ADA Seal of Approval

With each above factor taken into consideration, one aspect you don’t want to forget is choosing a toothbrush with the American Dental Association’s seal of approval, ensuring it meets the proper safety and efficient needs for your child and their smile.

Pairing the Right Toothpaste

When it comes to finding the perfect toothpaste to pair with your child’s toothbrush, there are a few factors to consider. Our team at HT Complete Family Dentistry recommends that you check the fluoride content, taste, the ADA seal of approval, and ensure there are no abrasive ingredients that will be harsh on your child’s teeth and gums.

A few brands we love are:

  • Colgate Kids Cavity Protection
  • Tom’s of Maine Anticavity for Children
  • Crest Kids Cavity Protection.

Remember to replace your child’s toothbrush at least every 3-4 months. If your child’s toothbrush shows signs of extreme wear, or if the toothbrush no longer meets your child’s oral hygiene needs, replace the toothbrush sooner.

Feel free to call our HT Complete Family Dentistry at 913-962-0036  if you have any questions or concerns. Continue to visit us for regular checkups so we can monitor your child’s development and oral health.

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