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How Often To Replace Your Child’s Toothbrush

January 19, 2022 9:22 pm Published by

A clean toothbrush is one of the most important tools in your child’s oral health care regimen. But how do you know when it’s time to replace their toothbrush with a new one?

What To Look Out for Before You Replace Your Child’s Toothbrush

A general rule of thumb is to replace your child’s toothbrush every three months. However, there are a few considerations to make when it comes to the timeline, including how your child brushes their teeth and how clean their toothbrush is over time.

Wear & Tear

When toothbrushes get old, you might notice that the bristles begin to fray. Sometimes when you brush too hard, it can speed up the fraying process. If your child is using the proper brushing technique, using small, gentle, circular movements instead of dragging their toothbrush back and forth across their teeth, their toothbrush bristles will remain strong and sturdy longer.

Cleanliness

Bacteria and food particles can get trapped in your child’s toothbrush, so it’s very important to make sure they thoroughly rinse their toothbrush with warm water after each use. If your child has been sick or has experienced any dental issues such as cavities or decay, you should replace their toothbrush sooner rather than later to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Types of Toothbrushes

There are many choices available when it comes to kids’ toothbrushes. The best kind for your child is the one that they will want to use. That might be one in a specific color, or one shaped like a favorite cartoon character or superhero. It might be an electric toothbrush with a two-minute timer. A good toothbrush can be very low priced, however be sure the head is the correct size for your child’s mouth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends soft bristles to avoid damaging tender gums. It’s also a good idea to stick to toothbrushes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Preventive Pediatric Dentistry in Pleasanton, TX

Keep your kids’ teeth clean and cavity free by taking them to twice yearly dental appointments! At Pleasanton Children’s Dentistry & Braces, we offer comprehensive pediatric dental services from preventive care to orthodontics to help your little ones’ smiles stay bright and healthy. Visit our financial page to learn more about how we make our treatments affordable and contact us to schedule your child’s dental appointment today!

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