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There are so many options for your child’s toothbrush–lights that flash, suction cup bottoms, timers with music for 2 minutes–that sometimes it can get overwhelming. Let’s take a step back and focus on the basics.

The first thing to look for in a toothbrush for your child is soft bristles. The softest you can find, really. Hard bristles in any toothbrush can damage enamel and rip up gum tissue. Soft bristles clean teeth well, without damaging tissues. A great way to make sure you are getting a quality product is to check for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging.

Another basic aspect of the toothbrush to consider is size and shape. A smaller, rounded head will fit inside your child’s mouth more comfortably, making it easier to brush. If the toothbrush head is bulky and difficult to maneuver, your child will be less able to brush effectively, and less likely to try. Help your children help themselves by getting a toothbrush the correct size and shape for their mouths.

The last thing to consider, after bristles, size, and shape, is style. Does your child love a certain color or character? Is a suction cup at the bottom going to help your child’s toothbrush be stored properly (upright, away from other toothbrushes), or will it be bulky and hard to care for? Will flashing lights or music help keep the child brushing for 2 minutes–or will it be a distraction, and drive you a little crazy in the meantime? Careful consideration of these sometimes-helpful features will help you choose a brush that your child loves–helping THEM love to brush!

For more information, call Orem Pediatric Dentistry in Orem, Utah, at 801-802-7200. Dr. R. Bruce Howell and our team look forward to making your child’s smile shine!