Whatever your child's age, the toothbrush you pick should be easy for them to hold and manipulate, and fit comfortably into their mouth. Here, our children's dentists help you choose the right toothbrush for your toddler.
Many parents use a soft, damp cloth to clean their infants' gums before the teeth erupt, but once your child has their very first tooth, it's time to start gently brushing twice a day.
It’s best to choose a toothbrush with soft bristles with rounded ends because they are more gentle on gums and tooth enamel.
Toddler toothbrushes should also have small heads and larger handles, making it easier for small hands to grip.
It can be a good idea to choose a toothbrush that suits your toddler's tastes in terms of colour, pattern and theme. This will help make brushing more fun for your toddler, and encourage them to take an interest in an oral care routine at home.
Be sure to replace your child’s toothbrush at least every three months, and after they recover from a cold or flu.
As your child develops into a preschooler, the needs of their teeth will change, so always be sure to check with your dentist for age recommendations.