Jenison Pediatric Dentist Brushing Guide

How to choose a toothbrush for your child:

Jenison Pediatric Dentist Brushing Guide

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.  When it comes to children’s dental health, nothing is more important than choosing the right toothbrush for your child. 

Selecting the right toothbrush for your child might be challenging, since there are so many available. Here are some tips to help you pick out the perfect toothbrush for your child!

Here are some tips to help you pick out the perfect toothbrush for your child!

  1. A finger toothbrush for newborns can be used even if your child does not yet have teeth, or they are just beginning to erupt.  This is the ideal moment to introduce your infant to a finger toothbrush. To clean a baby’s teeth, a finger toothbrush is a little brush that fits over the finger of an adult. By massaging their gums with a baby toothbrush from an early age, you can ensure that their gums and teeth have a healthy environment to grow in.  It can also help ease discomfort for teething too.
  1. Brushing with children can be challenging, especially when learning proper methods. Using toothbrushes with soft bristles, and a small head, is essential because they’re small enough to fit in a small mouth and hard-to-reach areas. Softer bristles are especially beneficial for developing mouths because they are kinder on the gums and the delicate enamel.
  1. Children’s attention spans are short and keeping their interest on brushing can be tough. On the other hand, electric toothbrushes can make this task a little easier. Using electric toothbrushes can encourage children to brush their teeth, making the task more enjoyable.  They are also easier to use to clean the teeth on a wiggly child.  It is common for electric toothbrush suppliers to produce kid-friendly models that include smaller brushing heads and colorful, character-themed grips. Aside from that, your kids will naturally want an electric toothbrush if you have one.
  1. Brushing for two minutes at a time may be a challenge, even as your child grows more independent. A “countdown” timer on a kid’s toothbrush encourages them to brush their teeth for the recommended two minutes. Brushing time is indicated by a light, vibration, or sound on the timer. The child can brush until they are prompted to stop.
  1. Using a smartphone or tablet, children can even play games with their brushing motions using an electric toothbrush app. Children receive a reward and thorough feedback every time they clean their teeth. Children are more likely to brush their teeth if they see their favorite characters in shows or games, and if they have a reward system in place.

If you still have questions, please feel free to call us; we are always here to help create a healthier smile and happier kids!