Oral B Dr Chris HoWhen it comes to our little one’s smile, we want to ensure that we are doing the best to help it shine. One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay in children is to get them excited about daily dental hygiene. After all, brushing is probably not at the top of your child’s list of favourite things to do.
A common question that arises in the household is, what’s the difference between a manual toothbrush and a power toothbrush? Dentist and Oral-B spokesperson, Dr Christopher Ho, helps explain the benefits of using a power toothbrush and when to introduce your child to power brushing.
The key to a healthy smile and brushing routine falls on things like your brushing technique, how often you brush and the length of time you spending doing it. As long as your child brushes twice daily for two minutes each time using a good technique, manual toothbrushes will do a great job of thoroughly cleaning your teeth and tongue.
From my experience however, I find children often struggle with the necessary attention span to brush for the full dentist-recommended two minutes and find it tricky to brush the hard to reach places. This is where power brushes are a great help as they do a lot of the hard work for you, and many link to a timer so you can be sure that your child has cleaned their teeth for long enough.
STG_Pwr_Princesses_FFNowadays, new advancements in the market mean you can actually purchase a power brush for your child from 5 years of age. To get your child used to using a power toothbrush early on, the Oral-B Stages range offers a great choice of power brushes designed specifically for children that make brushing that little bit more fun.
As they get older, teenagers can switch to models such as the Oral-B Triumph 5000 and Oral-B BLACK which come with a wireless SmartGuide to ensure they’re brushing their teeth properly. The guide helps to monitor excessive brushing by signalling when they are brushing too hard and also features a handy timer.

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