To leave a fun and lasting impression, finding the best toothbrush to do the job and make them smile is important.
The oral health habits that your child develops early on will likely set the tone for their oral health well into adulthood. Although it might not seem like a huge concern, the way that you introduce oral care is critical to a growing mind.
Having positive brushing, flossing, and dental exam memories will affect the attitude children take toward caring for their teeth. Getting them excited about brushing will make it more likely that you won’t have a continuous battle on your hands every time your children need to brush their sparkly whites.
To leave a fun and lasting impression, finding the best toothbrush to do the job and make them smile is important. There are a few things to keep in mind as you are choosing your child’s toothbrush.
If you get a toothbrush that is bulky and doesn’t fit right, you run the risk of your child hurting the inside of their mouth and limiting how well they can get into those smaller places where bacteria can hide and grow. Find a toothbrush that fits their mouth, that way they can manipulate it better and learn how to be more independent when brushing their teeth in the future.
The mouth is a highly sensitive place. This is even more true for your children. If you want to make sure that brushing isn’t overwhelming or painful, then choose a toothbrush that has soft bristles. A softer touch will limit the potential for any rubbing against the cheeks or scraping of the gums, which will be painful and leave a bad impression on your child.
Your child’s first toothbrush should fit their hand like a glove. Children have a low frustration tolerance. If they can’t grip a brush correctly or it is difficult to maneuver when they are brushing, they may not want to brush. An easy grip with a child-friendly handle will make them feel more successful. If you find one that has their favorite character on the handle, even better! The more you can engage them in brushing, the more they will respond positively.
If your child wants to try an electric toothbrush, there are many on the market that are specifically designed for younger mouths. It isn’t exactly necessary to find an electric one, but if it gets them excited about trying something new, then it might be worth the cost. Electric brushes are more effective than regular brushing, which will limit cavity development.
If you are concerned about the toothbrush that you chose for your child, it is a good idea to take it with you to your child’s next oral exam. Not only will your dentist give you the thumbs up or down, but they will also use your child’s actual toothbrush to show them how to brush well and keep those pearly whites, white. Brushing should be all about fun and self-sufficiency for your child, so let them be the guide as to what they want, and you will find them brushing with a whole lot less “push” from you.
Schedule your child’s dental exam today by calling (314) 862-7844. We look forward to meeting you!