If you are the parent of a toddler, you have several choices for what type of toothbrush you will get for your toddler. Small, soft heads fit best in toddler mouths, but you may wonder whether you should get some of the extras such as vibration, lights, or sound. While you should discuss your options with your dentist, there are several reasons why you should consider a toothbrush with a light up head. Here are a few of them.
Your Toddler Will Be Interested In the Light
Even if your child is one of the rare toddlers who loves having their teeth brushed, there will likely come a time when it is hard to get them to sit still and have their teeth brushed. While you can use several tricks to get your child to sit still, such as songs or stories. A light up toothbrush is one more trick to have in your arsenal to make sure tooth brushing is an exciting and engaging time for your toddler, and you will get them to sit still for a full brushing.
You Will Be Able to See In Your Child's Mouth
Even if you are a trained dentist or hygienist, it can difficult to complete a thorough cleaning if you cannot see inside your patient's mouth. As a parent with less experience, it can be easy to miss pieces of food or bits of buildup, especially on the back teeth. A light up toothbrush will illuminate your child's mouth, allowing you to see their teeth clearly while you are brushing. This can help you spot problem spots and cavities early while also giving you the peace of mind that you have gotten all pieces of food out of your child's mouth.
The Light Usually Acts As a Timer
Most light up toothbrushes light up for thirty seconds or two minutes. Dentists recommend that you brush your child's teeth for two minutes, thirty seconds in each quadrant. A light up tooth brush, especially one with a thirty second time, will let you know when you have met the recommended time and can move on. This is important because many people over-estimate how long they brush their teeth unless they use some sort of timer.
If you change your child's type of toothbrush or your brushing method, you should check in with their dentist to make sure your new brush is cleaning their teeth effectively.