Little girl in pink pajamas in bathroom brushing teeth

Getting your kids into a regular brushing habit can be difficult. Brushing isn’t fun for kids when the brush isn’t designed to appeal to them. With the many choices in toothbrushes designed for kids, establishing the habit of regular brushing is made a lot easier.

Kids are more likely to brush their teeth when they should and longer if the brush is fun to use. What makes a brush fun to use? It is often as simple as its appearance. A child will be more enthusiastic about brushing if the brush features favorite characters from Disney or Marvel.

Two companies are addressing this need for kid pleasing toothbrush designs – Oral B and Sonicare. Both companies recognize that kids need their own brushes that appeal to them as well as clean their teeth well.

Oral B has designed a variety of brushes for kids that are age appropriate according to the dental needs of a child’s age range. For children from 2 to 24 months, they offer their stage 1 Winnie the Pooh Toothbrush. Their stage 2 toothbrush for 2 to 4 year olds is just right for their young mouths and teeth and are adorned with favorite Disney characters. The stage 3 toothbrushes for 5 to 7 year olds is a “big kid” style electric toothbrush with timer featuring Disney or Marvel characters. Oral B’s brush for the 8 to 12 age range is designed to meet their dental needs while still appealing to them with Disney and Star Wars designs on the handles.

Sonicare for Kids is designed for kids making the transition from being helped with brushing to fully independent brushing. The bright colors are appealing and the feel of the brush while in use encourages kids to brush more fully and regularly.

Other options for appropriate toothbrushes for kids are available and these are just good examples of what is available. As a parent, it is up to you to teach your kids to brush regularly but having help from the makers of toothbrushes for kids to make it more appealing is a big help. It can also help to let your child choose their own toothbrush from the appropriate options. When your child chooses their own toothbrush, they feel more enthusiastic about using it.

Getting a child to brush long enough to thoroughly clean their teeth is another part of teaching a child good dental habits. Apps are available to help kids brush long enough or you can play a song the child likes that is the right length so the child brushes from the time the song starts until it is finished.

These aids in tooth brushing will go a long way in your kids having good dental health.

This is what we at Richmond Pediatric Dentistry want for you child. It is much better to maintain a focus on preventative dentistry than to need restorative care. See the pediatric dentistry services we offer

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