Is my child too young for an electric toothbrush?


If you find it hard to get your child to brush twice a day, you are not alone! Even our own doctors struggle to keep their kids on track to good oral health habits. Preventing plaque and cavities does not have to be a chore, and it can be fun!  An child size electric toothbrush may be just the answer for a child who doesn’t like to brush.

Is My Child Ready for an Electronic Toothbrush?

Using an electric toothbrush has many advantages. The American Dental Association states that both manual and electric toothbrushes can be equally effective at fighting plaque and gum disease. If your child  is reluctant to brushing or has difficulty brushing with a manual brush, an electric brush may actually be easier and even more comfortable to use. If you are unsure which brush is best for your child, discuss it with Children’s Dental Village at your next visit.

Many powered brushes come in a variety of character-themed battery-powered styles that your child is familiar with, which can entice children to practice good oral health care.

How to Pick the Right Toothbrush

Be sure to select an electric toothbrush with a child-sized head so that it fits properly in your child’s mouth and can reach all the way to the back teeth comfortably. For younger children and toddlers, be sure to select soft bristles, which are gentler on gums and especially recommended if your little one is still cutting new teeth.

Try letting your child select the brush. Picking their own brush will empower them in the process. You may even want to keep more than one brush available at home so that they can decide between them each brushing session.

Proper Technique Is Key

Remember that an electric toothbrush cannot do all the work on its own. You will still need to help your child practice proper brushing technique to prevent cavities. Show your child how to place the brush at a 45 degree angle toward the gumline. Even with the movement of the powered brush, your child will still need to move the brush back and forth using short, gentle strokes.

Be sure to rinse your child’s brush well after each use, and store it upright. Encourage your child to take care of it as well. Replace toothbrushes every three months and after a cold, flu or other infection throw that toothbrush out immediately. A child’s toothbrush often needs to be replaced more frequently than an adult’s brush, especially if your child has a tendency to chew on the brush.

If you have questions or would like to schedule your child for a dental appointment, simply complete the form below or contact us at either one of our two locations in Spokane.

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