How often do you change your child/children�s tooth brush?

(March 17, 2010)

A tooth brush is the most important tool for your child’s oral health. It protects the teeth from plaque, cavities, and decay. It is very important to know when to replace your child’s tooth brush to avoid any oral health problems. Here are some tips about when to replace your child’s tooth brush:

•    According to the American Dental Association, the tooth brush should be changed every three months.
•    You can even change your child’s tooth brush before three months if the bristles become frayed and worn.
•    If you child has suffered from any infectious disease, you must get his or her toothbrush changed immediately after recovery.

You may change your child’s tooth brush if your child got bored of the present one to encourage him or her for brush regularly. Change your child’s tooth brush whenever you come back after long holidays away from the home. Change your child’s tooth brush if he or she complains of tooth ache or plaque.

There are several reasons why it is important to replace children’s tooth brushes frequently. When tooth brushes wear out you must get them changed as worn toothbrushes damage gum tissue. Worn and fractured bristles can be a breeding ground for germs, fungus and bacteria. It is also important to monitor the condition of your child’s tooth brush because Your child may chew or bite the toothbrush’s bristles which reduces its effectiveness. Most children brush with uneven strokes and because of this bristle wear occurs quicker than normal.

When you plan to buy a new tooth brush for your child, you should keep certain points in mind. When shopping for a toothbrush, select about three appropriate styles and then let your child choose the one he or she likes most. Always look for designs which are toy shaped. In this way you will be able encourage your child to use the brush without any difficulty. Opt for a tooth brush with softer bristles when buying one for your child. A tooth brush with a clear handle is more hygienic because it allows light to pass through which can destroy certain types of bacteria. You can always opt for an electronic tooth brush. These tooth brushes can easily last for six months without changing the brush head. You can also give your child a chewable toothbrush which is a new invention that contains xylitol flavor, aqua, and gelatin. It is like chewing gum and so your child does not need to use water and paste.

Submitted by P T on March 17, 2010 at 05:06

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