Poor oral health can lead to a whole host of issues, from tooth decay to bad breath, so it is important to create good oral hygiene habits when children are young.
Which can be easier said than done some days; sometimes, getting your child to brush their teeth may feel like an impossible task.
If you can get your children to brush their teeth properly, the next battle comes with toothbrush choice – should you give your children manual or electric toothbrushes to keep their teeth sparkling clean?
There are pros and cons to both types of toothbrushes and as dentists who provide children’s dentistry services; we get many questions about which option is easier or more effective for kids to use.
Which is Easier to Use?
Just as adult toothbrushes come in different bristle types, sizes and styles, both manual and electric children’s toothbrushes are ergonomically designed to fit your child’s hands and mouth.
Manual toothbrushes are a great starting point for getting your kids to brush their teeth, as they tend to be more lightweight and easier to manoeuvre around their mouth.
However, both toothbrush types are easy for children to use, as long as they’re shown the right technique by their parents or a dentist.
However, electric toothbrushes can be slightly easier than for kids to handle and brush with, as the rotating brush-head does a lot of the hard work – cleaning the teeth with the adequate power, speed and stroke.
Electric Toothbrushes for Fussy Kids
For kids who are unenthusiastic about brushing their teeth, or for kids who dentists have identified as not brushing properly, an electric toothbrush can be a winning choice.
Electric toothbrushes can be a fun choice for kids who may not brush properly, with many children’s toothbrushes adorned with designs of cartoon characters they are familiar with.
However, the best electric toothbrush is the toothbrush your children will use properly as part of a good oral hygiene routine.
Which is More Effective on Children’s Teeth?
When it comes to efficiently cleaning your children’s teeth, it is important to remember that both manual and electric toothbrushes can remove plaque and trapped food from your children’s teeth – the trick to doing so is all in their brushing technique.
As mentioned above, electric toothbrushes give your child’s brushing a bit of a boost, by continuously moving and clearing away plaque and food from their mouth – as long as the brush is touching their teeth, it is cleaning them.
What Age Should Kids Start Using Electric Toothbrushes?
Manual brushes should be used on babies and toddlers from age four months to four years. From two to four years, children should be guided and supervised while they brush their teeth to ensure they’re using the proper technique.
Children can start using an electric toothbrush from age three and up, however, we recommend that parents monitor their brushing routine to ensure their children are using the right technique and getting those often awkward and hard to reach places.
Maven Dental Yokine – the Smart Choice
Children’s delicate teeth require special care, so it can be difficult to make a choice between a manual and an electric toothbrush for your children’s teeth. However, in any scenario, it is important to weigh up the pros and cons as they relate to your children’s teeth and oral health.
For a local, professional and friendly team of dentists who can keep a check on your children’s teeth outside of the home, you can trust Maven Dental Yokine.