Choosing the right toothbrush for children.
Select an age-specific toothbrush with a small head and rounded, soft bristles. This ensures effective cleaning of more difficult areas like the sides and edges of molars; and also prevents injury to the gums or wearing down the enamel.
The handle of the toothbrush should be ergonomic and made to fit their little hands so they can handle the brushes properly. This is especially important when children have already acquired confidence and are starting to brush their teeth without the help of an adult. The non-slip handles are practical and makes usage easy.
Character toothbrushes also help make toothbrushing exciting and fun for children. Look out for a toothbrush with the child’s favorite cartoon characters or something fun. Brushing times become fun.
Choosing the right toothpaste for your child
Whatever you do, DO NOT use your toothpaste for your child’s teeth. Adult toothpaste contains twice the amount of fluoride that is required for children’s teeth. Long term or Continuous use of adult toothpaste on you child’s teeth can lead to fluorosis (a situation where the tooth is exposed to too much fluoride), sometimes resulting in a chalky white or spot on one or more teeth.
Select a child age-specific paste for your children until they get to at least 10 years of age.
Bonus Tips
1. Do not rinse your child’s mouth after brushing; encourage them to spit out and not swallow the toothpaste.
2. Brush their teeth before bedtime and in the morning after breakfast.
3. Brushing time should be at least 2-3 minutes.
4. A tongue cleaner is also a great addition, especially as the child starts changing teeth from milk teeth to permanent teeth. This helps  to reduce mouth odour usually common at this stage.
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