Did you know gum health is necessary from birth? The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends caring for your baby’s gums and teeth starting from birth. When choosing a toothbrush it is important to pick one that’s appropriate for your baby’s age. Here is Betty’s guide on the types of toothbrushes and the most popular options.
Gum brushes are finger brushes made from silicone that have soft bristles that massage your baby’s gums. Some parents choose to use a washcloth or gum wipes instead. Any of these options can be used from birth until about 6 months, or when your baby gets their first tooth.
Why parents like it: These wipes are all natural and safe to swallow. They're also flavored to entice your baby and are generously sized so you can get the most use out of one wipe.
Why parents like it: It slides onto your index finger, making it easy to use and easier for your baby to get used to.
Why parents like it: It's double sided, allowing you to brush the top and bottom at the same time.
When your baby starts teething one of these toothbrushes provides relief by massaging their gums, while also cleaning their teeth. They're often made of silicone and designed to be easy for your little hands to hold.
Why parents like it: Banana peel handles make it easy for babies to hold and combined with the short head prevents little ones from choking on it.
Why parents like it: Fun cactus design can also be used as a teether.
Why parents like it: Suction bottom keeps it secure on your counter and the 360 degree bristles allows your to brush at any angle.
Baby’s first toothbrush
Once your baby has teeth the ADA recommends brushing twice a day with a soft bristle toothbrush and children's toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice).
Why parents like it: Playful characters make it less scary for babies to put into their mouths.
Why parents like it: Playful characters, suction bottom and silicone grip.
Why parents like it: Designed by dentists, the circle design makes it easy for parents and baby to grip at the same time.
Why parents like it: A classic option that gets your little one used to using a regular toothbrush.
A battery powered toothbrush, some have a rechargeable option. The bristles are soft and safe for babies. It also has an easy to grip handle for when your baby can brush themselves.
Why parents like it: Lasts from infant to toddler years. It also lights up which entertains your baby while you brush their teeth.