Lately our practice has received a deluge of questions regarding the autobrush. Sure, the autobrush can be cute (kids love the fun animal shape!) and may seem like an easy alternative to the nightly brushing routine. “Should I get an auto brush for my child?” parents ask. The response from our practice is a little complicated. In short:
Sure! If you want to purchase an autobrush for your child as a way to encourage healthy brushing habits, go ahead, but DON’T let it replace the manual brushing that takes place with an electric or handheld toothbrush. Right now, there just isn’t enough conclusive research to determine how effective an autobrush is, and we don’t believe it should take the place of a good, old fashioned toothbrush.
And remember! Until your kiddo is about 8 years old, Mom or Dad should ALWAYS participate in the brushing and flossing routine. It’s fine if your child wants to brush their teeth themselves first, but just make sure an adult brushes and flosses after the child has their turn. Until about the age of 8, children do not have the dexterity to brush and floss independently.
For questions, or for help and guidance with your child’s daily brushing and flossing routine, please feel free to contact our practice.