How to Choose Your Child’s First Toothbrush

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How to Choose Your Child’s First Toothbrush

All parents want their children to have good oral health and strong teeth and healthy gums to show for it but, as with anything, if you do not have the proper tools, it is going to be difficult to achieve. In this case, the best “tool” for the job is your son or daughter’s first toothbrush. The right one can really make a world of difference. With the seemingly endless number of pediatric toothbrushes that are available in any supermarket or drug store, how do you know which one is the best for your kids? 

Listed below is some information that will hopefully help you to pick out the toothbrush that is best for your child. 

Things to Consider

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One of your goals as a parent should be healthy gums and teeth for their children. Sadly, the rates of gingivitis and tooth decay in children today are significantly higher than they should be with modern dentistry. For instance, about 20% of children 11-years-old and younger already have at least one rotten tooth. In kids between 12-years-old and 19-years-old, these rates increase by around 13%.  In the state of California, one in five kindergarten-aged children has seven cavities or more.

Choosing the proper toothbrush is an important step towards ensuring good, reliable oral care at home. If you aren’t sure where to begin, the age of your child is one of the main factors in deciding which toothbrush will be the best fit. 

Toothbrushes by Age


Children who are under 2-years-old have extremely delicate gums, so a regular toothbrush is not recommended. Instead, you can care for their gums with a freshly-laundered, damp flannel at least two times a day. Special finger brushes that are designed for babies are also a good way to maintain clean and healthy gums for your infant.

Ages 2 to 5

Once your child turns 2, you can switch to a special toothbrush for toddlers. These toothbrushes have oversized handles, smaller heads, and super soft bristles.

Ages 5 to 9

As your child’s mouth gets bigger, their toothbrush needs to get bigger as well. For ages 5 to 9-years-old, you should pick a toothbrush that has a medium to large head, but make sure that the bristles are soft. For older kids in this age group, a good electric toothbrush is also an option.

At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.

The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.

It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.

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