The best electric toothbrush for toddlers

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The best electric toothbrush for toddlers
Helping toddlers brush their teeth starts good dental hygiene. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Once a toddler cuts his or her first tooth, it is time to start establishing a good dental routine. Though the first teeth are not permanent teeth, they still require care and that care starts the development of good oral health for a lifetime. Toddlers can begin the process of taking care of their teeth by using one of the best electric toothbrushes designed for toddler's mouths.

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When Toddlers Should Use Electric Toothbrushes

Children age 4 months to 2 years should use a soft-bristle, manual toothbrush to clean their baby teeth, because the soft bristles are necessary to protect their teeth, according to Best Electric Toothbrushes. Toddlers age 2 to 4 years also should use a soft manual toothbrush, though electric toothbrushes are now being manufactured for this age group. Children age 5 and older find that using an electric toothbrush can be exciting, and that can encourage them to brush often.

The best electric toothbrush for toddlers
Good oral habits last a lifetime. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Electric Toothbrushes for Children

Manufacturers of electric toothbrushes make several different brands designed for children. They are basically the same as the adult electric toothbrushes but they come with smaller brush heads. The toothbrushes are designed with special characters that children will recognise and make brushing more fun. Some are designed to vibrate and move back and forth rather than in a circular motion to help the young toddler get used to brushing and taking care of their teeth.

Best Electric Toothbrushes for Toddlers

There are several highly rated electric toothbrushes for children. The Phillips Sonicare for Children has power modes for children as young as 4 and another setting for children age 7 and older. It comes with a timer to encourage children to brush their teeth thoroughly.

The Braun Oral B Kids Power Toothbrush is another option for toddlers age 3 and older. It has an oscillating head that is effective in cleaning the teeth. The electric toothbrushes are decorated with cartoon characters.

Electric Toothbrush for Babies

There is an electric toothbrush designed for babies that will massage the gums and clean a baby's teeth. The Summer Infant Gentle Vibration Massager and Toothbrush is good for teething babies and their sore gums.

Helping toddlers establish good oral hygiene is the purpose of any of the electric toothbrushes for toddlers. Any toothbrush that encourages the toddler to brush their teeth twice a day is one of the best electric toothbrushes a toddler can use.

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