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Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Fayetteville and Bentonville

Does your child need to graduate to a new toothbrush?

May 14, 2019

NEWBORN

Most infants are born without their teeth. They develop around 4-6 months. Even while they are breast-fed or bottle-fed, you can still keep those teeth clean. You can use something as simple as a moist washcloth to swab the infants teeth. Moisten and wipe their mouths after a milk feeding. There is a product called Brushies. It goes on the finger and has bristles. The earlier you start brushing, the easier it is to develop an oral hygiene routine. Oral-B has the Pro-Health Stages brush for baby.

AGES 2-4

For 2-4 year olds, Oral-B character brushes work great. These brushes have extra soft bristles and a narrow, cushioned head designed specifically for the child to begin learning how to brush on their own. They will still need help, but this is good for practice. Once your child is 3-4, the toothbrush bristles and heads will get larger. Their heads and mouths are growing, and they are getting more teeth. Oral-B does a good job labeling the brushes so you get the correct sized brush for your child.

AGES 5-7

Kids are drawn to the character brushes. You can go smaller with a toothbrush to get the character your child likes, but you cannot work your way up the stages with your child. Give them the character choices for their age. We recommend with AAP guidelines that the active brushing is of the right size. Children this age will begin transitioning to the 6-8 year age range. There is a significant difference between 5-7 and 6-8. We recommend an Oral-B CrossAction brush.

AGES 10+

Children this age will work well with an adult sized toothbrush. You, as a parent, will need to help your child brush their teeth until they are around 10 years old.

MANUAL OR ELECTRIC BRUSH?

Once the toothbrush is selected, then a manual or electric option needs to be selected. Spin brushes are not rechargeable. However, for $25 dollars you can purchase an electric toothbrush—they are rechargeable. The Oral-B Genius is cute

for tweens and teens, as they come with a holder that connects via bluetooth to keep track of healthy brushing. They are available in the office for $79.99+ tax. The kids version of the electric brushes

An adult replacement head will fit a kids electric brush. Our replacement heads are around $5 each. Heads on electric and manual toothbrushes need to be replaced every 3 months. If your child has contracted an infectious or contagious illness, replace the toothbrush or the head on your electric brush immediately. Regardless of illness, there should always be four changes of toothbrushes per year.

TOOTHPASTE

We receive our guidelines from the AAP. When infants get their teeth, you will be able to use a fluoridated toothpaste, at the right amount. Just a smear is enough. When they are able to spit, a pea size amount will work fine. Less toothpaste is better. You can make brushing their teeth fun by allowing your children to pick out age appropriate toothpaste. In the office, some of the older children receive the Crest Gum Detoxify. It is a fluoride toothpaste that is anti cavity and anti gingivitis. It’s a great tool for combating any gum issues.

Overall, it doesn’t really matter how you take care of their teeth as long as you take care of their teeth from the beginning. One thing you can control is: how you are taking care of your teeth. Kids will follow your habits. Show them what good oral hygiene looks like.

We want to ensure that we are giving you the tools as parents to help you as your child graduates from stage to stage.

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