We all want to up our oral hygiene game. You may have heard about the cool benefits of electric toothbrushes, but are electric toothbrushes safe for kids? Here’s what you need to know when buying a new toothbrush for your kid.
Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes can provide many benefits to give your oral hygiene routine a boost. From more efficient brushing to built-in timers and blue light technology to the ability to connect with interactive smartphone apps, it seems like electric toothbrushes have it all.
All of these added features can add up to real life success. Studies show that people who use electric toothbrushes have reduced rates of gum disease and keep their natural teeth for longer when compared with those who use a manual toothbrush.
Electric Toothbrushes for Kids
These features and benefits sound awesome, but are electric toothbrushes safe for kids? Generally, yes. Just make sure to look for one that is designed with kids in mind. These will be simple to use and offer features that will make brushing more fun for kids.
Examples of kid-friendly features include a smaller design so that the toothbrush can be easily gripped and maneuvered by smaller hands, a built-in timer that plays a theme song for a favorite superhero or animated character, and the ability to connect the toothbrush with a smartphone app that uses fun dental games to assist them in learning good brushing techniques and habits.
Brushing with an electric toothbrush may actually make brushing safer for kids because some electric toothbrushes feature pressure sensors to alert the user and reduce the fluctuations of the brush when the user is brushing too hard in order to help protect their teeth and teach them how to brush correctly.
Talk with Your Child’s Dentist
Next time your child visits the dentist, it can be helpful to talk with their dentist about questions such as, “Are electric toothbrushes safe for kids?” and what kind of toothbrush will provide the most benefit to your child. Their dentist may ask questions about their oral hygiene routine, how independent they are when brushing their teeth, and which dental care habits they tend to struggle with the most. This way, they can help you find the toothbrush that will be just the right fit for your child’s preferences and needs.
Call our Gilbert, Mesa or San Tan Valley dental offices, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.