Toddler Toothbrushes

Make Brushing Time Fun

Now that your toddler has teeth, brushing becomes an essential task at least twice a day. You want to make the process as appealing as possible so you won't have to face a frown or a refusal to get the brushing done.

When you look for toothbrushes, look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This indicates they should be free of sharp or jagged edges. The handles have to be durable enough and the bristles must be secure enough not to come out with normal use. They need to be proportioned right for small hands and mouths and tiny teeth.

Some toddler toothbrushes come with special features parents love like lights and timers. Others are made with child- and earth-friendly materials. Some are easier on the budget than others. You should replace your child's toothbrush every three to four months, although they may wear out faster than adult toothbrushes.

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Totz Toddler Toothbrush by Radius

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Manufacturer's Site
The Totz Toddler toothbrush is recommended for toddlers 18 months of age or older. These brushes are 100 percent free of BPA, latex, lead, and phthalate. They use FDA-approved colors and feature vegetable-based bristles. It's also made in the U.S. at a women-owned, family-run and solar-powered and sustainable facility. The head is oval so no sharp corners will be ramming into tender gums or the side of your toddler's mouth. The handle is shaped specifically for your toddler's chubby hand, but it's easy for a parent to hold, too. The colors include sparkles to make them appealing to kids. Radius also makes toothbrushes for children younger than 18 months, older kids, and parents, too.

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Firefly Toothbrush by Dr. Fresh

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Manufacturer's Site
Firefly toothbrushes have a fun feature that eliminates guesswork for parents. Has he been brushing too long? Not long enough? If you press the bottom of the brush, it lights up and flashes for a full minute. You can use it to get your toddler to brush their upper teeth for one minute and press again for the lower teeth. The handle is ergonomically designed for little hands and the bristles are rounded on the ends so they're gentle on gums. In addition to the light-up feature, they have character versions such as Barbie, Batman, Spider-Man, and Hello Kitty. There is a Darth Vader version that has sound effects as well as lights. You can make brushing time fun with these to look forward to using. They're easy on the pocketbook, too, and you can find them at major retailers such as Walmart and Target. The Firefly toothbrush has the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

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SmileGuard Toothbrush by Dr. Fresh

Manufacturer's Site
Dr. Fresh has many other colorful toothbrushes that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance that don't have the light-up feature. Some have a suction cup on the end so you can ensure they stay where you put them. Fun patterns and characters can let your kids know which toothbrush is theirs and make brushing time a little more fun.

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