A toothbrush and the toothpaste used are important factors in your child’s oral health routine. There are specific sizes to consider when choosing. Getting the right toothbrush and toothpaste is key in keeping nasties away. In this post, we’ll take you through why your child needs the correct toothbrush and toothpaste size for their age. Let’s get cracking.
Ages 0 to 3
Many people may think that the best toothbrush for their baby or toddler is one with soft bristles, but there are other options. A finger slip silicone brush works well because it cleanses your child’s gums and removes any sugar/milk build-up on them while being easy enough to use. This more practical alternative will help you avoid wiping down every time they have a drink.
Cleaning your baby’s teeth is an important part of their development. To help prevent bacterial growth before they have fully erupted, we recommend brushing more frequently and making sure the toothbrush fits snuggly over your index finger so that you can clean every little pore in between those front two molars where most plaque lives.
The best age for cleaning a child’s mouth begins at birth with a gentle massage around each tooth as soon as it emerges. Usually after nursing or feeding time but sometimes just from crying hard enough.
TOOTHPASTE AMOUNT TO USE: Between the ages of 0-3 use a rice-sized amount of toothpaste. Only after the teeth have erupted.
Years 3 to 5
The big-kid toothbrush is a great way for little kids to get used to brushing their teeth without the risk of hurting themselves. These brushes, which look just like adult-sized ones but are smaller and softer on the gums so it’s easier for them in this stage of development, can be recommended as early intervention measures before they start using regular size bristles later down the road.
Children should be fully supervised while brushing until the age of 8. This will make sure of good and continuous oral health. Supervise until your child can tie her or his shoelaces.
TOOTHPASTE AMOUNT TO USE: For a child between the ages of 3 and 5 use a pea-sized amount.
Years 5 to 8
It’s important to get children interested in the idea of brushing their teeth early on. Introducing an electric toothbrush can help them understand that they need a certain amount each day and make mornings more exciting.
A lot goes into getting kids excited about oral hygiene, but one way is by giving them an Electric Toothbrush when there’s nothing else going on at home or school. It’ll keep your little ones motivated so you don’t have too much trouble with maintaining proper habits yourself.
There are brushes available with fun sounds and lights to keep kids entertained
Are you looking for kids-dental toothbrushes that will make brushing twice daily more enjoyable? If so, why not try investing in an electric one. There are many different types of these brushes available with fun sounds and lights to keep kids entertained while they brush their pearly whites.
You can also get kid-sized manual versions too. It’s all trial-and-error at this point anyway until parents know what works best for themselves or childrens’ tastes differ when it comes time to pick up regular old mommy/daddy style handles again later on down the line (be patient!) but either way, there is no wrong answer here because whatever makes people happy.
TOOTHPASTE AMOUNT TO USE: For a child between the ages of 5 and 8 use a pea-sized amount.
Ages 9 and Older
Any parent knows that there’s nothing more frustrating than trying hard for their child only to get irritated or worse: infectious diseases from poor dental hygiene practices like brushing too little or not flossing. In this age bracket, it is recommended to introduce mouthwash and flossing as a regular part of oral health upkeep.
Adult-sized toothbrushes are key here. Teeth are bigger, thus, more chance of plaque and gum issues.
TOOTHPASTE AMOUNT TO USE: For a child between the ages of 3 and 8 use a pea-sized amount.
Maintaining oral hygiene along with regular check-ups by a dentist is important. It reduces the risk of needing to visit a dentist in person. Along with proper care, forming an automatic habit response can make it easier for the parents. As well as the children forming a lifelong habit that prevents oral health issues.
Finally, for more information, contact Dr. Engel for more guidelines. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Engel. He and his team will work to get your little one all smiley and happy as they can be during this trying time.
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Dr Engel holds a speciality license in pediatric dentistry from New Jersey and New York. He also has attained sedation certification, which allows for in-office oral sedation options, and he’s on staff at Hackensack University Medical Center. As an attending pediatric dentist at HUMC, Dr Engel retains operating room privileges, allowing for an array of treatment modalities and anaesthesia options.