Helping your child develop a good oral hygiene from an early age is essential to dental health. No parent enjoys taking their kid to the dentist and holding their hand while they scream at every hand movement of the dentist.
In today’s society, children tend to get bored quickly with toys. Toothbrushes are not toys, of course, but they can certainly be introduced with a certain degree of playfulness. Unfortunately, manual toothbrushes are boring by default.
For this reason, we reviewed 3 of the more entertaining and playful motor powered toothbrushes. Each of the three models is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) and can be of great help to developing your kid’s tooth brushing habits.
Quick List Of the 3 Best Electric Toothbrushes For Kids
How Early Should Kids Begin To Brush Their Teeth?
Babies won’t really understand the need to brush their teeth, regardless of what stories we tell them about developing cavities. Scaring children with dental horror stories is also not a good idea, at any age.
The best way to ease your child into brushing its teeth, is with playfulness. Also, as soon as they can hold and move the toothbrush, you should let them brush their own teeth. It is a fun and learning experience for any kid.
But when do you start brushing your toddlers teeth? Well, this is a common question among parents, and it’s a very important one to understand because you need to start teaching your kid good oral hygiene from an early age. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you should start brushing your kid’s teeth as soon as they appear.
You can even begin caring for your baby’s oral health before the first tooth appears. Wiping away the plaque and bacteria using a soft washcloth, a gentle toothbrush, or a piece of gauze can help reduce the risk of infections when the child begins teething.
It also recommended that you visit the dentist as soon as the first tooth appears, so that they can work with you to keep the teeth healthy and clean between visits. Of course, you should start small and use just a soft toothbrush with a rice-sized amount of toothpaste. As more teeth come along, you can start increasing the amount gradually.
Do Kids Need An Electric Brush?
In order to make sure that your child has strong healthy teeth, and develops a lifelong dental care habits, it’s very important that you start brushing their teeth as soon as they appear, as we have discussed above. There are a wide range of toothbrush options for kids, but they should generally be small and soft. But, what about electric toothbrushes?
Well, electric toothbrushes are generally not suitable for children under the age of three. Electric toothbrushes are quite beneficial in that they help the children who have a much less manual dexterity than adults to clean the hard-to-reach areas such as the back of the teeth. In this case, they can essentially get the job done much more efficiently, since they scrub back and forth and cover several teeth at once. Some brushes, such as ones with circular heads do hit a single tooth at a time, but are more thorough if the kid has the patience.
In addition, they can significantly boost the morale of your children to brush their teeth. Electric toothbrushes often come with inbuilt timers to make sure that the children brush for the recommended two minutes. Some even have pictures and musical tones that help to make brushing a fun activity. All this makes using an electric toothbrush a novelty, as it can make children more inclined to brush more regularly.
Overall, both manual and electric toothbrushes are fine ways to maintain a good oral health. You just need to find out which one works best with your beginner brusher. But you need to look out for the ADA Seal of approval, a child-sized head and handle, soft rounded bristles, and more gimmicks.
What to Check when shopping for Kids’ Electric Toothbrush
Using a child-friendly electric or battery toothbrush is essential. Such models usually are less powerful when it comes to rotations per minute, and also come with brush heads with softer bristles.
Pressure sensors, oscillating brushes, and timers can help your child to do a much better job cleaning their teeth compared to using a manual brush. Moreover, they help to make brushing a fun experience. This way, your kid will be more likely to make it part of their daily routine. Here’s what you should be looking for when shopping for your kid’s electric toothbrush:
The handle of the brush should be small enough and easy for the child to use. It should therefore be light for the young ones, so that they can hold it comfortably throughout their cleaning time. Some extra features such as a rubber grip on the handle can make the handling a lot more effortless. Some brushes are made in such a way that the handle allows multi-handling, where both the parent and the child can hold the toothbrush, and the child can hold the brush independently.
Obviously, the head of the toothbrush should be small enough to fit into the small mouth of your child. It should also be easy to maneuver into the nooks and crannies of the mouth where food particles can hide.
Soft, Gentle Bristles
Be sure to skip the firm or medium bristles in preference to rounded, soft, (also known as polished) bristles. These are significantly gentler on the gums and teeth of your child.
Go for the Gimmicks
The toothbrush should be relatively customizable, and include fun features to keep your child interested in brushing their teeth. Keep in mind that children often have short attention spans. For this reason, you want to get something that will keep them interested in cleaning their teeth for two minutes, which is the recommended time for effective brushing. You can try a brush that plays music until it’s time to stop, or ones that light up, so that your little one can scrub away in the dark in a private dental disco.
Reviews of the 3 Best Electric Toothbrushes for Kids
Philips Sonicare For Kids (HX6321)
The Philips Sonicare HX6321 electric toothbrush is one of the best electric brushes for kids you can find on the market today. It comes packed with practical and fun features that are specifically designed to enhance the teeth brushing experience for children of all ages.
Moreover, the Philips Sonicare HX6321 comes with an interactive App that not only works to excite the child, but also educates them. Your child will also get cool rewards throughout their use, in their brushing sessions. Unlike other toothbrushes where you need to scan the toothbrush on a smart device before accessing the app, the one on the Sonicare toothbrush is complementary and convenient to use.
This toothbrush also employs Philips patented Sonic technology that is designed with the kid’s need in mind. As a kid’s version of the toothbrush, the Philips Sonicare HX6321 is programmed to produce fewer vibrations when the brushing sessions starts, and then gradually increase the vibrations as the kids becomes more used to using an electric toothbrush.
To efficiently dislodge all plaque and food particles on the teeth and gums, the sonic movements make 500 strokes a second. This is a highly effective feature, which can remove 75% more plaque compared to manual toothbrushes. This is perhaps the reason why 91% of dentists that are also parents use this toothbrush for their kids.
- The brush is specially designed with kid’s friendly power modes, suitable for children aged between 4 to 7 years. The twin packs come with 2 extra brush heads.
- The brush has a 2-minute timer (SmarTimer) and a Kid pacer (same as QuadPacer). These work great to inform your child when it is time to brush another side of their teeth.
- The free interactive smart app is very interactive. It can be connected to a smartphone or a tablet via Bluetooth technology. It allows you and your kid to track brushing habits. This helps children to stay interested in the brushing process. Therefore, building better brushing habits in time.In addition, the data stored measures the progress and allows you to make any necessary adjustments. There are also cool rewards for good progress, thereby enhancing the brushing experience for kids of all ages.
- The brush has an ergonomic rubber handle, which is ideal for children and comfortable to use. The multi-grip handle allows both the parent and the child to hold the brush simultaneously, which is crucial for the initial stages when you are teaching your child how to brush.
- The Philips Sonicare HX6321 comes with the patented Sonicare brushing technology which ideally makes 500 strokes a second to remove plaque more efficiently.
- The brush handle is customizable to keep everything fun and fresh for your kid. There are eight panels that essentially appeal to both boys and girls, and you can use them to change the look and general feel of the brush to suit the child of your child.
This brush is specifically designed for kids above the age of 4, though it can be used by kids under the age of 3 under strict adult supervision, so that the kid doesn’t brush too hard. Hard brushing can damage your kid’s gums.
Philips Sonicare are known for making the best sonic toothbrushes. The HX6321 is absolutely no exception. But, be advised that this is a powerful sonic brush. It reaches up to 31,000 brush movements per minute.
You need to make sure your child eases into this toothbrush. Especially, if he or she is making a switch from a manual to an electric toothbrush.
Oral B Pro-Health Stages Rechargeable Power Brush
Oral B are a well trusted brand when it comes to toothbrushes and oral hygiene. It is no surprise that they have products specifically designed for kids.
The Oral B Pro-Health Stages is specially designed for kids from age 3 and above. It’s usually themed with fun things for children like “Finding Dory”. Just as with most other toothbrush offerings from Oral B, the Oral B Pro-Health Stages operates from scientifically proven brushing techniques like oscillations and rotations to effectively remove plaque.
- The general design and the head of the brush are small, which is just the right size for children
- The Oral B Pro-Health Stages comes with soft and gentle bristles, which will definitely be gentle and soft on the gum tissues of 3-year olds.
- With the Oral B patented rotary technique, this rechargeable brush essentially cleans on a tooth by tooth basis. It can effectively entangle each tooth in multiple rotations so that most of the plaque is dislodged. This works great for children, even when they are losing their baby teeth.
- There’s a quadrant timer that alerts the kid to move from one side or quadrant of the mouth to the other. This 30-seconds times comes preloaded with 1 melodies that play in every signal, each one at a time.
- There’s also a 2 minutes timer that ideally sings fun melodies to alert the kid when they have brushed for the recommended time.
- The Oral B Pro-Health Stages features a Disney Magic Timer App, which is loaded with Disney characters popular with kids. The more your kid brushes, the more the characters that reveal themselves.
- The kid’s progress and their brushing experience can be tracked via the app, which comes with a helpful calendar.
Colgate Kids Sponge Bob Power Toothbrush
Colgate has a battery powered toothbrush that really does not cost more than a manual brush. More importantly, it comes with a fun spongebob theme, which your kid is going to like. Costing at around $5, this one is definitely worth a try, since there isn’t much to lose. Keep in mind that this is purely a battery powered toothbrush and it requires 2 AA batteries to operate.
The Colgate Kids Sponge Bob Power Toothbrush comes with an oscillating Brush Head and soft bristles. This helps the kid remove more plaque from their teeth and gums than they would with a manual toothbrush. Since most kids usually don’t have the grip strength to apply the required amount of pressure when brushing, the oscillating head will take care of this problem.
The toothbrush also features soft bristles, which are specifically designed with the sensitive and delicate dental structure of your kid’s mouth in mind. In fact, the biggest problem you are likely to experience with this toothbrush is convincing your child to let the brush do the work for them, rather than them having to scrub their teeth.
The toothbrush also comes with relatively easy to use on and off buttons.
- Well, this is one of the cheapest electric toothbrushes you can find for your kids, and it therefore lacks most of the features offered by Philips and Oral B, such as Bluetooth, app connectivity, timer, tunes/melodies, and other gimmicks.
- You won’t get the initial supply of the batteries, and you have to keep an ample supply with you to ensure your kids can use the brush whenever they need to.
- The brush head is not replaceable, meaning you need to get a brand new brush whenever the bristles lose their effectiveness.
- Some customers have complained that the brush will only work intermittently, and will quit once your child applies considerable pressure against their teeth. This is quite concerning because, while the initial cost is quite affordable, you will spend a considerable amount on maintenance, not to mention having to replace the whole thing once the bristles wear out.
In case your child is wearing braces, you might want to check this article out. We have reviewed some powerful toothbrushes that are best suitable for people with braces.
If, your kid has very sensitive gums, you should read this article here. It lists a few good electric toothbrush options for people with receding gums. It can be very helpful to your child’s overall dental hygiene.
Author: Peter Mayhew
Peter is a dental hygienist in the city of Chicago, IL. In his free time he likes to write blogs and product reviews on anything dental health related.