School is just around the corner and there is so much to buy to properly prepare your child for the school year. In the sea of clothes and school supplies you will be swimming through, a new toothbrush should not be forgotten on your child’s back-to-school shopping list.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that toothbrushes be changed every 3 months. But did you know that just as important as replacing an old toothbrush, you should make sure that you buy your child the right toothbrush.
The appropriate size for your child varies by age. The shape and size of the toothbrush should allow it to fit comfortably in your child’s mouth. This allows them to reach all areas easily. Brushing with a toothbrush that is too large can damage your child’s gums.
We know that remembering to change your toothbrush every three months can prove to be a little challenging. Associating a new toothbrush with important days may help you remember to change it. Here are 4 important times of the year to change your toothbrush: back-to-school, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, end of school.
Toothbrushes should be kept clean. Make sure to rinse the toothbrush after every use, store it in an upright position and allow it to dry until using it again. Keeping a toothbrush in a closed cover can lead to an increased growth of microorganisms due to moisture.
New, clean toothbrushes mean clean teeth and clean teeth mean awesome smiles in those yearbook pictures. Take care of your child’s toothbrush and their teeth this school year!