Parents often ask dentists if it is safe for their children to use an electric toothbrush when they are brushing their teeth. The thought of using an electric toothbrush often excites children and motivates them to brush their teeth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) will tell you that anything which boosts a child’s interest in taking care of their teeth is a great idea. Using an electric toothbrush will do just that. From a child’s perspective, they get a cool new toy that they get to play with every morning instead of having to go through the trouble of manually brushing.
There are pros and cons of replacing your child’s manual toothbrush with an electric toothbrush, though.
A manual brush can sometimes do a better job cleaning the teeth more efficiently because you will be scrubbing back and forth numerous times which will hit multiple teeth at once.
Electric brushes sometimes have smaller heads that are made to hit each tooth individually. This can mean that they miss teeth when they are brushing. On the other hand, if your kid has more patience than the average toddler, they may do a more thorough job using the smaller head.
Both methods are a fine way to clean the teeth, but there are some benefits of choosing an electric toothbrush for your child. Here are a few guidelines to consider when you are picking out the right electric toothbrush that your child will use.
Look for the ADA Seal of Approval
You should only choose electric toothbrushes that meet American Dental Association standards. These standards are a rigorous set of qualifications which a toothbrush must meet in order to make the ADA grade. The seal will ensure that you are getting a brush that lasts for a normal period of time and does not contain any unsafe components.
Choose a head size that is made for a child. The brush head should comfortable fit in the child’s mouth so it can be maneuvered into all the smaller areas of the mouth. Choose a handle that he or she will be able to grip and control easily.
Choose brushes with rounded, soft bristles. You should skip the firm bristles when you are choosing an electric toothbrush for children. Select soft bristled brushes because they will be gentler on your little boy or girl’s teeth and gums.
Features to Look For
It is okay to go for the fun gimmicks that your child will love. An attractive toothbrush with pictures of their favorite cartoon character on it will encourage brushing and make it fun, yes, they may even want to start brushing their teeth before bed!
Colourful fun shaped brushes will encourage them to use it more often and have a good time while they are! Some toothbrushes even play music and have lights. There are also toothbrushes that are decorated and look more fun to use. Let your child pick out which toothbrush they want. They will get excited about using it!