A toothbrush for a child should be one that enables them to easily and effectively clean their teeth. The ideal toothbrush is one that sets up your child for good oral habits now so they carry through to their adulthood. Fortunately, there is no shortage of different types of toothbrushes available for the job. At Lovett Dental Cinco Ranch, we want to give you the information you and your family need to keep up with their oral health and provide the best tips and tools for you to do so.
Of the many types of toothbrushes available on the market today, the most common is the manual toothbrush. When it is used correctly, a manual toothbrush can be an effective tool for maintaining good oral hygiene in addition to getting regular teeth cleanings.
By brushing gently at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, your child will be able to remove the majority of the plaque on their teeth. Paying close attention to brushing all the tooth’s surfaces, the areas in between the teeth, and flossing daily are also necessary for good oral health.
However, because kids often lack manual dexterity, a long enough attention span, and the desire to do a good job. it might be challenging for them to do so with a manual toothbrush. Fortunately, there are many different kid-friendly types of toothbrushes that make this routine fun and playful.
Powered toothbrushes belong to one of two categories: battery or electric. Because a powered toothbrush often requires less effort for a child to use, it can be a reliable and effective alternative to a manual toothbrush.
While both types of powered toothbrushes are more expensive than a manual toothbrush, battery-powered ones tend to be cheaper than those powered by electricity. An advantage of electric toothbrushes over those that require batteries, though, is that they are rechargeable. This means that you will never have to worry about your child not being able to operate their toothbrush or making sure that you have a steady supply of batteries on hand.
Which Type of Toothbrush is Best for Your Child?
There are both pros and cons to both manual and powered toothbrushes. The one that is best for your child today might not be right for them as they age and grow. Similarly, one of your children might do well with a manual toothbrush while a different child brushes most effectively when using a powered one. The best toothbrush for your child is most likely one that is comfortable for them to use.
One way to find out the best type of toothbrush for you is to consult with your child’s dentist. When you take your child to a general dentistry, they will have a thorough examination. During this time, the dentist will be able to determine how effectively your child has been brushing so far. Based on their professional opinion, the dentist can make a recommendation on what toothbrush will be best for them moving forward.
Contact Lovett Dental Cinco Ranch
Lovett Dental Cinco Ranch offers fun and age-appropriate pediatric dental care. We focus on providing your child with a comfortable and positive dental experience every time. Call us at 832.662.3059 to schedule an appointment and start your child on the road to lifelong good oral health.
We also provide dental care services for the entire family including:
- Dental implants
- Braces (orthodontics)
- Gum issues (periodontics)
- Dental fillings and sealants
- Extractions (oral surgery)
Do not wait to get started on maintaining your oral health. Contact Lovett Dental Cinco Ranch today to get started.