Smile Tips for All Parts of Life from a Mom, Wife, and Dentist

June 21, 2016

4 Things to Look for When Choosing a Toddler Toothbrush

Toddlers are still developing their manual dexterity. To help them with their oral hygiene, parents should facilitate toothbrushing by positioning their heads for stabilization and visibility. A round buffing technique should be exercised for 2 minutes, at least 2 times a day.

A toddler toothbrush should have the following:

1. Soft bristles. 
Manufacturers may offer other grades, but soft is recommended.
2. Small heads.
Children have small arches and a big head can pose a hazard. 
3. Long handles.
The handle should be easy to hold and manipulate.
4. Non-slip easy grip.
This feature is best for developing toddlers.

*Bonus Feature: Suction cup at end of handle to allow for easy retrieval.

At the age of 2, a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used and children must be taught to spit after brushing. Flossing should be coupled with brushing, which is especially important before bedtime because saliva levels drop when we sleep. Adult supervision is required. Consult with your dentist as needed. 

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