3 Considerations When Buying Your Kid a New Toothbrush
The recommendation is to change a toothbrush every 3 months or anytime you can see visible wear on the bristles. That having been said, you still want to choose the right toothbrush for your child. Here are 3 things to consider when you are picking up a new brush.
- Toothbrush Size – If your child is going to brush those back molars, the brush head has to fit in his or her mouth. Look for a toothbrush that is longer rather than wider. If you have very young children, you should be able to find a brush specifically designed for that age range.
- Bristle Hardness – A good rule of thumb for kids and adults alike is to stick with a soft bristled brush. The key to fighting cavities is maintained a regular schedule, not brushing harder with a rougher brush. Even a medium bristle brush can be rough on the gums, and it really doesn’t clean away the plaque more effectively.
- Toothbrush Design – The younger the child, the more important it is to make brushing fun. That may mean finding a design that features a favorite cartoon character or at least a bright happy color. You also want a brush with a comfortable handle. A rubber grip may lead to fewer dropped toothbrushes that then need to be replaced prematurely.
Preventing Cavities with the Help of a Pediatric Dentist
BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry is happy to be helping kids in San Diego and the surrounding communities to fight tooth decay and prevent cavities through encouraging a proper oral care routine. Don’t forget that an important part of that routine is a visit to the dentist every 6 months. To schedule your child’s next appointment, just call 619-741-1500. We look forward to seeing you!