What Is the Best Baby Toothbrush
Making sure your children’s teeth stay shining bright and healthy means getting good oral hygiene routines in place from a young age. Meaning you can start brushing with a baby toothbrush before any of their teeth either arrive.
Before babies have teeth you can wipe their gums with a cloth or use a silicone brush or finger brush to massage their gums. Once babies first teeth arrive you should transition to a toothbrush with super soft bristles that are designed for babies.
It’s really important to start brushing babies teeth as soon as they erupt, even if they aren’t eating solid foods yet as the sugars in milk can start to break down the enamel of the teeth. Starting when they are young also gets babies used to having their teeth brushed. So even if there is only one tooth you should still be brushing.
When it comes to choosing the best toothbrush for babies you want a brush that has soft bristles and a small head. Bristles could be made of either silicone or nylon. Softness if important for delicate gums and the small head is necessary for little mouths.
Silicone Baby Toothbrushes
Silicone toothbrushes are perfect for little ones. The finger toothbrushes are perfect from the first tooth to around 18 months. They are not quite the same as using a toothbrush, and they won’t teach kids how to brush their own teeth, but they are much easier to use with wriggly little ones that are not that keen on having their teeth brushed.
The Jack n Jill silicone brushes are made with 100% medical grade silicone and are double-sided with bristles on one side for brushing teeth, and dimples on the other side for massaging gums.
Silicone is easy to sterilise so it’s perfect for keeping clean and can be washed with warm soapy water between uses.
The other silicone option is a proper toothbrush made from a solid piece of medical-grade silicone with a special shield that prevents the brush from being shoved too far into their mouths.
Silicone is a great material if it's completely safe for children, and while toothbrushes should never be used unsupervised or used to replace teethers, if children do end up swallowing the odd bristle they will simply and safely pass through their system.
Nylon Bristled Toothbrushes
After the first toothbrush stage nylon bristle brushes are the most popular option for baby toothbrushes.
We have options available made with a variety of different materials. Jack n Jill’s next stage baby toothbrush is made from 100% corn starch with nylon bristles. The ergonomic handle is perfect for kids and easy for adults as well. And because it’s made of cornstarch it’s a great eco-friendly option.
The other eco-friendly option for kids toothbrushes, or adult brushes for that matter, is bamboo. We love the Truthbrush tiny toothbrush or for a more budget-friendly option the Curanatura junior brush. The Truthbrush option combines castor oil and nylon for super soft eco-friendly bristles. And the Curanatura has bamboo bristles.
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