Are electric toothbrushes safe for toddlers
Electric toothbrush - also suitable for children?
Oral hygiene at home, in which teeth and spaces between teeth are cleaned twice a day, is one of several prophylactic components that both children and adults can use to ensure healthy teeth and a healthy periodontium. While aids such as interdental brushes or dental floss are needed to clean the spaces between the teeth, a toothbrush is needed to thoroughly clean the teeth. In addition to the commercially available manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes have also found their way into bathrooms for many years. These brushes, which are equipped with all sorts of helpful functions, score especially in terms of comfort and convenience.
In the corner house practice in Würzburg we, dentist Dr. med. dent. Gerald Gaß & Partner, asked again and again whether the electric toothbrush can only be used by adults for daily tooth cleaning, or whether it can also be used to care for the sensitive teeth of the offspring. This article provides information.
Parents should pay attention to this when buying an electric toothbrush for their child
Dentist dr. Gaß from Würzburg explains that electric toothbrushes are also suitable for cleaning children's teeth, taking into account a few important points. Similar to manual toothbrushes for children, it is also the case with electric toothbrushes for children: It is important to choose a toothbrush model that is suitable for children. On the one hand, this should have small brush heads with soft and rounded bristles that fit into the child's mouth and gently clean the milk teeth of the smallest. On the other hand, the electric brushes should be lighter for children and have a shape that the not yet fully grown children's hands can safely grip and hold. A rubber-coated or knobbed handle also ensures that the brush does not slip out of your hand when it comes into contact with water.
In the dental practice in the corner house in downtown Würzburg, we recommend the use of the children's electric toothbrush from around four years of age. It makes sense to introduce the children to brushing their teeth on their own with the help of a simple manual toothbrush. In preschool age, the classic model can then be exchanged for the modern, electrically operated toothbrush. This age recommendation is sometimes based on the fact that the teeth in children under four years of age are not yet fully developed and the gums are often affected by the eruption of the milk teeth. An electric toothbrush could further irritate the sensitive gums.
Similar to dental care with a manual toothbrush, parents should also ensure that their offspring uses the correct toothbrushing technique when caring for their teeth with an electric toothbrush in order to avoid damage to milk teeth and gums. In addition, the following also applies here: "Trust is good, control is better". That is, parents should check and brush their teeth thoroughly by roughly the age at which their children can finally master cursive writing.
It is widely believed that an electric children's toothbrush is better for cleaning milk teeth than a manual toothbrush. Dentist dr. Gaß from Würzburg explains that this assumption is wrong: Provided that the children use the correct brushing technique when caring for their teeth with the manual toothbrush and brush their teeth for a long enough time, then the classic toothbrush is in no way like its modern, electric counterpart in terms of cleaning success to.
The big advantage that electric children's toothbrushes bring with them, however, is that they make everyday cleaning much easier and more pleasant for the little ones thanks to additional functions such as timer, vibration function and adjustable cleaning levels. Children will also enjoy colorful toothbrushes in the design of the beloved Disney character, which may also have a funny melody. Often cleaning is even fun!
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