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Finding the Best Electric Toothbrush for your Kids

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Getting children to brush their teeth can be difficult, often full of tears, tantrums or flat-out refusal. However, there are many ways you can make it a fun adventure and start them out with good oral hygiene at a young age. Finding the best electric toothbrush for kids that is simple and fun to use can go a long way  in establishing good brushing habits that last a lifetime.

When it comes to your child’s teeth, you might wonder if there’s a difference between a manual and an electric toothbrush. You may also be a bit confused about choosing an electric toothbrush for kids. While it’s important to start early with good oral hygiene habits, getting children excited about brushing can be tough. Below are some tips to help guide you.

When Should a Child Start Using an Electric Toothbrush?

If you’re considering brushing your child's teeth with an electric toothbrush, wait until your child is at least three years old. Do not use an electric toothbrush with children younger than three years old. Before that, a manual toothbrush like the Oral-B Manual Toothbrush Baby 0-2 Years featuring Winnie the Pooh Manual Toothbrush should be used.

Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush for Kids

Ease of Use

- Simply put, an electric toothbrush does most of the work for you. Whether it’s the movement of the brush head or a built-in timer for correct brushing time, an electric toothbrush makes brushing easier.

Plaque Removal

- Electric toothbrushes tend to remove more plaque than a manual toothbrush. They can also make it easier to reach tricky spots like the back teeth. By removing more plaque from your child’s teeth, you can help keep their developing smiles in good condition..

Child’s Enthusiasm

- Your child may be particularly excited about using an electric toothbrush, either because of its novelty or because they’ve seen you using one. This can make it easier to get them into a routine of brushing twice a day.

Specialized Bristles

- Growing smiles often have tender gums, look for a soft-bristled toothbrush just for kids. Oral-B Kids’ Vitality toothbrushes feature unique cushioning, ExrtaSoft bristles for a gentle, yet effective clean.

How to Select the Right Electric Toothbrush for Your Kid

In addition to  electric toothbrushes like the award-winning Oral-B iO Series for adults, Oral-B makes a whole line of kids' electric toothbrushes with special features designed for children of 3+ years old. While they have similar brush movements and timers to their adult counterparts, Oral-B Stages Power electric toothbrushes are available in bright colors featuring their favorite ©Disney characters to make brushing more fun. They also include some of the following great features to help kids love brushing and get excited about their oral health:

  1. Ergonomic handles with cushioned non-slip grips to fit easily into little hands.

  2. Small brush heads specially designed to perfectly fit into little mouths.

  3. ExtraSoft bristles specially designed with dental professionals for kids’ delicate, little mouths.

  4. ©Disney, Star Wars™, LucasFilm Ltd.™, ©MARVEL, ©Disney/Pixar characters they already know and love, to make brushing more fun.

  5. Interactive and fun elements to maximize kids’ involvement in the brushing process.

  6. The Disney Magic Timer App will make 98% of kids brush longer. While brushing, your kids will unlock new characters and stickers as a fun reward.

  7. When your child is old enough, you should allow them to help pick out their toothbrushes. The more involved they are in the process, the more excited they will be about brushing their own teeth.

What is the Best Electric Toothbrush for Your Kid?

Each of the Oral-B Stages kids’ toothbrushes (as of 3+ years old) are geared toward children of specific age groups with a wide range of character companions, from ©Disney characters like Mickey or Winnie the Pooh, to Star Wars™ and LucasFilm Ltd.™ characters. Every stage in a child’s oral health development is important, and that’s why Oral-B’s range can inspire fun and healthy brushing habits. You can find choices ranging from manual toothbrushes for toddlers all the way up to older kids’ electric toothbrushes.

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Oral-B Manual Toothbrush Baby 0-2 Years Winnie the Pooh Oral-B Kids 3+ Star Wars Electric Toothbrush Oral-B Junior Electric Toothbrush For Children Aged 6+ In Purple Or Green Oral-B Teen White Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
  • 1. Baby extra-soft bristles for gentle cleaning and massaging of baby’s teeth and tender gums

  • 2. Cushioned head is designed to help protect tender gums

  • 3. Non-slip handle designed to help parents brush baby’s teeth and gums

  • 1. Round brush head perfectly sized for small mouths

  • 2. Extra-soft bristles are gentle on tender gums and teeth

  • 3. Kid-friendly Special Sensitive Mode for a gentler clean

  • 4. Built-in timer for the dentist-recommended 2-minute brush time

  • 5. Customisable with stickers to make the handle truly their own

  • 6. Rechargeable battery lasts 8 days on one charge

  • 1. Pressure Control helps protect gums

  • 2. 100% more plaque removal than a regular manual

  • 3. Built-in timer for the dentist-recommended 2-minute brush time

  • 4. Extra-soft bristles are gentle on teeth and gums

  • 1. Pressure Control helps protext gums

  • 2. 100% more plaque removal than a regular manual

  • 3. Built-in timer for the dentist-recommended 2-minute brush time

  • 4. Connects with the Oral-B app for real-time feedback to improve brushing habits

  • Oral-B for baby. Before you buy your child’s first electric toothbrush they can use on their own, you’ll need to brush your baby’s teeth for them. Start with a ©Disney Baby Manual Toothbrush, specially designed with extra-soft bristles for small, sensitive mouths aged four months to two years.

  • Oral-B Stages manual toothbrushes are made for toddlers aged two to four. At this age, you’ll want to closely supervise them while brushing and, in some cases, you may have to do it for them while they learn the proper techniques.

  • For children 3+, you can begin a superior oral care regimen for your child with an electric toothbrush. You can help your kids learn the ropes of brushing with a kids’ electric toothbrush. Although you will still want to monitor their endeavors, you should be confident that you have started your child on a lifetime of healthy oral care habits.

  • Kids aged 8-12 should be brushing regularly and completely on their own. As they continue to grow, remind them of the great oral hygiene habits they have developed with Oral-B Stages Electric Toothbrushes.

Still not sure which brush is best for your child’s developing teeth? Find the right Oral-B Kids toothbrush below:

Make Brushing Teeth Fun for Children

Oral-B electric toothbrushes for kids have several exciting designs to choose from, featuring your kids’ favourite characters from Disney and Marvel. Children have more fun brushing with their favourite cartoon buddies, and Oral-B brushes have many to choose from including Disney’s Frozen and Marvel Spider-Man.

Child-friendly electric toothbrushes help your children, and you, care for their teeth from toddler and beyond.

Ultimately, if your child is having fun brushing their teeth, they’re more likely to make it a part of their everyday routine.

To make brushing fun and easy, the free Disney Magic Timer App by Oral-B will encourage your children to brush for longer by engaging the with fun graphics and virtual stickers featuring their favorite Disney characters.

In fact, 98% of kids brush longer when using the Disney Magic Timer app.

It's available for free in the iOS App Store and Google Play.

Good Oral Care Never Stops

As kids continue to grow, they’ll always need the right toothbrushes for the best oral care. Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes help them make the transition from childhood to adulthood with a wide variety of options that keep pace with their changing needs.

From ExtraSoft bristle technology specially designed just for delicate little mouths, to their favorite characters and interactive app experiences, Oral-B has the toothbrush that’s right for your growing child—only from Oral-B, the #1 brand used by dentists worldwide*.

*Based on surveys of a representative worldwide sample of dentists carried out for P&G regularly.