It’s a chore as a parent to get your kids to brush their teeth. We’ve all been there before. You think they’ll take to it easily when they’re toddlers and you’re introducing them to something new and interesting, but then they get older and start fighting the habit you’re trying to instill in them.
And even if they do get into brushing their teeth, it’s probably something they don’t look forward to doing.
Fortunately, there’s a way you can get your kids to brush more often, actually enjoy it (or, well, not be bored by it), and get better results: giving them an electric toothbrush.
The Benefits of Using an Electric Toothbrush
Using a regular toothbrush is fine; we’re certainly not going to tell you to not use one. You don’t have to get an electric toothbrush, but if you’re interested, there are actually some benefits to using one, especially when it comes to kids.
The first benefit is efficiency. Most people don’t take the time to do a thorough and methodical job brushing their teeth. An electric brush makes it easier because it puts in more work to remove the bad stuff off your teeth every time you use it.
You don’t have to work as hard, either, because the spinning head does the work for you.
Electric toothbrushes are also more fun to use than regular toothbrushes. There’s something cool about the way the brush head whirls around on your teeth – plus, you can do a thorough job in less time, too!
Finally, your kids will probably do a better job keeping their mouths clean with an electric brush. Kids aren’t great at brushing their teeth. An electric brush removes some of that potential for error and can result in better oral hygiene.
Finding the Best Electric Toothbrush for Your Kid
So, what are some good electric toothbrushes to use?
One brush that delivers good results and is well-liked by a lot of children is the Oral-B Kids Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush. It handles well, fits most mouth sizes, and is durable enough to endure being used by a kid. This particular brush is great for kids ranging in age from 3 to 10.
For kids 10 and up, you can try a Philips Sonicare for Kids brush. The Philips Sonicare uses sonic waves to help break up the bad stuff, and their brushes tend to work well. This kid-sized version doesn’t use the same intensity of sound as the adult version, so it’s better for children. But some smaller children (and even some older ones) don’t like the noise, so they stick to oscillatory brushes like the Oral-B.
In general, no matter what brand you use, you want something that is thorough, small enough to be gripped by a kid’s smaller hands, and durable (kids will likely abuse these things). You may need to test out a cheaper version to see if your child will even like an electric toothbrush before you get a more expensive version.
Electric toothbrushes can really help develop healthy oral hygiene habits in your kids. Talk to your dentist for more help on toothbrush selection and anything else related to healthy mouths for healthy kids.