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Best Toothbrushes for Babies and Toddlers

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You already know that brushing your teeth every day for the dentist-recommended two minutes can help keep your teeth and gums healthy —but how many times a day should you brush your teeth? Find out just how often you really should be brushing your teeth and why.  

From that very first gummy smile to their mouth-full of baby teeth, you already know how precious early memories can be. Maintaining their oral care is as important so they continue smiling for years to come. Here is everything you need to know when looking for the right toothbrush according to your child’s age and when to switch from one type of brush to another as their little smiles develop.  

Best Baby Toothbrush Options 

Not sure when to start brushing your baby’s teeth? Most experts recommend brushing as early as when that very first tooth makes its debut. When looking for the best baby toothbrush for your little one, consider the following factors: 

  • Small brush head that fits perfectly into their mouth 

  • Soft-bristled toothbrushes for sensitive young gums Super soft bristles for a gentle yet effective clean which protects young gums 

  • Ergonomic handle grip that’s easy for you and your child to hold  

You already know that brushing your teeth every day for the dentist-recommended two minutes can help keep your teeth and gums healthy —but how many times a day should you brush your teeth? Find out just how often you really should be brushing your teeth and why.  

From that very first gummy smile to their mouth-full of baby teeth, you already know how precious early memories can be. Maintaining their oral care is as important so they continue smiling for years to come. Here is everything you need to know when looking for the right toothbrush according to your child’s age and when to switch from one type of brush to another as their little smiles develop.  

It is recommended that children between the ages of 0 to 2 should brush with a manual toothbrush like the Oral-B Manual Toothbrush Baby featuring Winnie the Pooh. The extra-soft bristles offer a gentle yet effective clean whilst massaging your little one’s teeth and tender gums. Thanks to the specially designed cushioned brush head, it helps to protect the sensitive gums of your child. Finally, the non-slip handle design is perfect for both the parent’s and children’s hands.  

To further promote a good oral hygiene routine and keep your baby’s teeth pearly white, we recommend using a mild flavored fluoride toothpaste that is specially formulated for babies from 0-2 years-old. Be sure to brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day with a smear of fluoride toothpaste and change out the toothbrush every 3 months. 

When to Upgrade Your Toddler’s Toothbrush 

Most children have all their baby teeth come in by the age of 3. As this happens, teeth come into closer proximity to one another creating the need for a toothbrush upgrade. Pediatric dentists may recommend switching to an electric toothbrush at this age for a variety of reasons: 

  • An electric toothbrush can provide better cleaning results than a manual one as the automated bristle action does the work for your child.

  • Most come with an in-handle 2-minute timer so your child can brush for the dentist-ecommended period every session 

  • They pause every 30 seconds to make sure your child brushes all 4 mouth areas, also known as quadrants 

  • The more thorough clean achieved with an electric toothbrush helps keep teeth and gums in good condition 

Toddler Electric Toothbrush Options 

Electric toothbrushes are recommended for toddlers ages 3 and up. The Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrush lineup features all their favorites characters including Disney Princesses, Frozen II, and Marvel Spiderman. Additional features include: 

  • Round brush head that is perfectly sized for small mouths 

  • Super soft bristles for gentle yet effective clean 

  • Changeable stickers for fun and customization 

  • 2-minute built-in timer 

  • Connectivity to Oral-B’s Disney Magic Timer app  

All Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrushes deliver a gentle, yet effective clean while helping to encourage good oral care habits from an early age.  

Make Brushing Fun  

Good oral care habits can help keep your toddler’s teeth strong and gums in good condition. However, we all know how frustrating it can be to ensure your child brushes the dentist-recommended 2 minutes, 2 times a day.  

To help you, we recommend introducing the Disney Magic Timer app into your child’s daily oral care routine. The app includes their favorite Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars characters to seamlessly encourage your kids to brush longer. In fact, 90% of kids brush longer with the app than without it. Download it for free via the Apple App Store or Google Play and let the customizable fun and rewards begin!   

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/best-electric-toothbrushes-for-kids#when-to-start

https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-electric-toothbrush-for-kids/

https://www.thestrategist.co.uk/article/best-childrens-toothbrushes.html