Parents all know that children's oral health should be started from an early age. Before the teeth grow, they should pay attention to cleaning the mouth. After the first tooth grows, they should start brushing their teeth on time and take their children to the dentist regularly. Now more and more parents like to use convenient and efficient electric toothbrushes, so can children use electric toothbrushes like adults? At what age can I start using it? How to choose an electric toothbrush for your child?
Can children use electric toothbrushes? How old can I start using it?
First of all, children can of course use electric toothbrushes. There are also many electric toothbrushes specially designed for children on the market. When used correctly, its vibration frequency is completely safe for babies. And the ADA official website also pointed out that electric toothbrushes are a very convenient choice for people who are not very flexible in brushing their own teeth (such as children, the elderly, disabled people, etc.).
As for how old children can use electric toothbrushes, there is still no unified conclusion, but most dentists or relevant authoritative organizations believe that children can use electric toothbrushes after they reach the age of 3. The British Dental Health Association recommends that parents choose an electric toothbrush suitable for their children when they are 3 years old, and believe that the effect of electric toothbrushes is better than that of ordinary toothbrushes; some dentists believe that children can actually start using electric toothbrushes at the age of 2 .
Of course, what I want to explain to parents here is: whether it is an electric toothbrush or an ordinary toothbrush, the cleaning effect is actually similar under the premise of using it correctly and ensuring the brushing time. We cannot absolutely say that using an electric toothbrush will definitely have a better cleaning effect than ordinary toothbrushes, so whether to use an electric toothbrush for children, and at what age to start using it for children, depends on the parents' own ideas.
Some parents may buy electric toothbrushes for their children when they are two or three years old, while others may not start using them until their children are six or seven years old. Of course, no matter what the parents decide, it is recommended that parents do two Two things: one is to ask the dentist before buying an electric toothbrush if the child can start using it; the other is to help or supervise the child to brush their teeth until they reach the age of 7 to ensure that they use the correct method and brush enough time.What are the advantages and disadvantages of using an electric toothbrush for children?
If parents are still not sure whether to use an electric toothbrush for their children, then we will analyze the advantages and disadvantages of using an electric toothbrush for their children for your reference:Let me talk about the advantages of using electric toothbrushes for children:
- Electric toothbrushes are more fun than regular toothbrushes, arousing their interest in brushing teeth. Compared with ordinary toothbrushes, an electric toothbrush that can vibrate and rotate is of course cooler! And there are many children's electric toothbrushes that are designed with timers and light reminders to increase the fun of brushing children's teeth. There are really many children who didn't like brushing their teeth, but after switching to an electric toothbrush, they become more fond of brushing their teeth.
- Help children clean their mouth more conveniently. At the beginning of the article, we also saw that the ADA said that for children who are not very flexible, electric toothbrushes are a more convenient option. Children may not be able to brush every corner of their teeth like adults, and parents cannot show their children how to brush every place in the mouth. Compared with manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes can help children complete the process of brushing teeth faster, allowing children to clean every tooth. Relatively speaking, children will be more willing to accept brushing their teeth.
- Some children may be frightened by the vibrating sound of an electric toothbrush. The electric toothbrush will make a buzzing sound when it is working. Some children may not be too comfortable with the feeling of the electric toothbrush touching the teeth and gums. They may feel a little "foreign body sensation" and even make the child want to vomit.
- Electric toothbrushes cost more than regular toothbrushes, and the brush head usually needs to be replaced every three months. And sometimes what children hate is not brushing their teeth, but the taste and taste of toothpaste, so there is no difference between using an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush for them, so buying an electric toothbrush actually does not make them fall in love with brushing their teeth.
In other words, different children may react differently to the use of electric toothbrushes. Parents should not seem to see that other children's children use electric toothbrushes well, but my children don't like to use them. After all, the original intention of parents to buy electric toothbrushes is to enable children to brush their teeth every day. If children really resist using electric toothbrushes, parents certainly don’t have to force it!