These days, toothbrushes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so you can choose one that’s just right for your toddler. Whether you're considering a manual or electric toothbrush for your child, here’s a guide to get you started.
Electric toothbrushes are becoming more popular for small children, as they require less manual dexterity to do a good job, since the brush itself does most of the work. They also feature nice big handles, making them easier for small hands to grip. This makes brushing easier for small people who are still learning!
Parents will still need to give their toddlers’ teeth a once over after the child is done, however, just to make sure each tooth gets a thorough cleaning.
When choosing an electric toothbrush for your toddler, choose the smallest head size available. If possible, choose a model with a timer that goes off after two minutes, to teach your child how long she should be brushing her teeth for. Some models even feature music that plays for the two-minute duration, making the brushing process more fun for your child!
Like electric toothbrushes, manual toothbrushes for toddlers should have small heads and large handles with soft grips, making them easy for small hands to hold.
Choose a small brush with soft, malleable bristles. These are more flexible, making them easier on the gums, and more effective too, as they go between the teeth and into crevices a bit easier.
With a manual toothbrush, it’s important to let your toddler brush his own teeth so that he learns, but since he is still learning, the parent must also go over the teeth with the toothbrush, to ensure that all the plaque has been removed.