There are all kinds of shapes and sizes of children's toothbrushes these days, making it easy for you to choose one that’s just right for your toddler. This guide from our Delta children's dentists will help get you started, whether you're considering a manual or electric toothbrush for your child.
Electric Toothbrushes for Toddlers
Since electric toothbrushes do most of the actual brushing work they require less manual dexterity in order to do a good job. They're also easier for small hands to grip since they tend to feature nice big handles. These features mean that, for small people who are just learning how to brush their teeth, electric toothbrushes can be an excellent choice.
That said, it's still important that parents give their toddlers’ teeth a once over after the child is done brushing, just to make sure each tooth gets cleaned.
Choose the smallest head size possible when selecting an electric toothbrush for your toddler.
In order to teach your child how long to continue brushing their teeth, our dentists suggest that you choose a model with a built-in timer. Some models make the process more fun for your child by playing a song for the two-minute brushing duration!
Manual Toothbrushes for Toddlers
Small brush heads and large handles with soft grips are also important features to look for if you're choosing a manual toothbrush for your child. These features make the toothbrush easy for small hands to hold onto.
Look for a small brush with soft, flexible bristles, which are easier on the gums. Soft bristles are also more effective at cleaning teeth since they go between the teeth and into crevices a little more easily.
Let your toddler brush their own teeth so that they learn how to do it, but since they're still learning, you will need to go over their teeth with the toothbrush once they are done. This helps to ensure that all the plaque has been removed.