Dental hygiene is essential for all of us, but instilling a good dental regime from an early age is a great way to train your child to take care of their teeth for themselves. A baby electric toothbrush is one of the best ways to get your child interested in brushing.

When should children start brushing?

You should start a hygiene regime even before baby’s first teeth come through. Run a clean, soft, damp washcloth around baby’s gums. Bacteria could be lurking that could be harmful to baby’s teeth before they even appear!

Electric toothbrushes for teething

There are electric toothbrushes that will massage baby’s gums, which is particularly soothing when they’re teething. Some baby electric toothbrushes have super-soft silicon bristles and are shaped like a toy that are safe for your baby to use for themselves – obviously, with supervision. There are no detachable parts so there’s nothing for baby to choke on. Find out more about them here.

These special baby electric toothbrushes are safe to use before their teeth appear and can encourage your children to enjoy brushing their teeth from a really early age.

Be like mommy!

All parents know that getting your child to brush their teeth can cause big tantrums! Giving your child an electric toothbrush is a great way to be like mommy or daddy. Tell them that this is how grown-ups clean their teeth and praise them for a job well done. (Don’t reward them with a cookie!)

Don’t be afraid of gimmicks!

If you child is a fan of Frozen, get them a Frozen tooth-brush. All big family movie franchises are desperate to shift merchandise. So, whatever they’re into, there will be some kind of related dental products available. It might be toothpaste, or could just be stickers, so customise their existing electric toothbrush if a new one isn’t available.

Don’t feel bad about buying into the capitalist machine! Your baby’s teeth are important.

Guide baby’s first brush

When you first start to brush baby’s teeth, they’ll be too young to do it for themselves.

Use the toothbrush to clean the teeth, but also to massage their gums. After you’ve finished brushing, let them play with the tooth brush – they’re likely to emulate the brushing action in some way for themselves. Obviously, keep the “play” do a minimum, especially if the head of the electric toothbrush has detachable parts – never leave them unsupervised!