14/07/2015 by Aruna Kamath
With so many varieties of toothbrushes available on the shelves today, choosing the right one for your toddler can be a daunting task. Unfortunately parents often give scant importance to picking the right brush for their little one. The fancy ones – in the shape of your kid’s favourite Disney character – may look really attractive and unusual. But are they designed to do their jobs well? Will they help clean teeth effectively? Is your child comfortable holding them. These are minute, but essential details, which we often escape our mind. Also remember, your child has just begun experimenting to brush on his own. Therefore, it is important that you get him the right kind of toothbrush based on his need and ability.
Here are a few things to look for before buying a toothbrush for your child:
By the age of two, your tot is all excited and enthusiastic about brushing by himself. Since he’s still learning the ropes, he may be struggling to grip the brush. Until such time he gains control, teeth-brushing may require adult supervision and guidance.
Here are some must-haves in his toothbrush:
Long handle – Toddler toothbrushes come in very attractive shapes and sizes, often with a large handle with soft grips that makes it easy for small hands to hold. However, do make sure, the handle is not way too long that makes it uncomfortable to hold.
Soft brushes: Kids gums and teeth are very sensitive and tender. So always choose a toothbrush with soft bristles which are gentle and protective on your child’s teeth. Medium or hard bristles could be harsh on the child’s mouth and damage the delicate gum tissue.
Small brush head: Choose a brush with a head that fits in your toddler’s tiny mouth. A small brush, with three to four rows of bristles, could be the right one to pick.
Rounded head: Brushes with rectangular heads make it harder for kids to clean and reach all the teeth surfaces, especially the ones which are right at the back.
Settling on the right toothbrush may not happen the first time. You may have to try out a few styles before you make the right choice. The best way to land on the correct choice is to keep asking the child questions, so you know what’s working for him and what’s not.