Are Electric Spinbrushes Better for My Child?
The toothbrush is a small but mighty tool in the quest for excellent oral health! There are two basic types of toothbrushes, manual and electric, and both will do a good job of cleaning your teeth. However, an electric spinbrush may be more beneficial for your child.
Benefits of an Electric Spinbrush
An electric spinbrush for children:
- Provides more movement and covers more tooth surface area
- Reaches areas that are harder to brush with its flexible head
- Many brands have a built-in timer, so your child knows they’re finished brushing
- Helps prevent gum infections and bad breath by thoroughly cleaning the gum line and tongue
What Type of Electric Spinbrush Should I Choose?
Chose an electric spinbrush that is small and child size. Some parents find that giving their child a choice of a toothbrush (favorite colors, characters, etc.) is one way to encourage excellent oral hygiene habits.
Always choose soft bristles. Medium and hard bristle toothbrushes don’t clean teeth any better than soft bristled ones and the harder bristles may cause damage to the gums.
Choose any brand of electric spinbrush that has an ADA Seal of Acceptance. The best electric spinbrush for children is the one that’s used regularly and correctly, regardless of its cost or appearance. We recommend children brush four times a day (after meals and at bedtime) to avoid the accumulation of food particles and plaque.
Finally, don’t forget to care for your toothbrush! Rinse thoroughly after brushing, store in the open in an upright position and remember to replace toothbrushes every three months or sooner if the bristles begin to show wear or fraying, or if your child has been sick.
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