It is quite trendy that kids toothbrushes wear out much faster than adults toothbrushes. And all this is caused by three main factors that we are going to discuss below.
Reasons Why Do My Kids' Toothbrushes Wear Out Much Faster Than Mine?
- Toothbrushing forces and techniques / brushing too hard
- Extra Soft Bristles
Toothbrushing Forces and Techniques
It is professional advice teeth should be brushed twice daily for 2 minutes with gently force using bass or modied bass technique (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00784-008-0230-8). The bass technique involves brushing with cycling or vertical sweeping movement.
Other brushing habits like brushing horizontally, and using too much force while brushing not only wears out the tooth enamel but also the toothbrush. Therefore if it happens that your kids toothbrush wears out quickly than yours then it might be that they have not they mastered or even know the proper brushing technique and principles. Teaching them can help with this especially to ease up when brushing.
Extra soft bristles
Kids toothbrushes are made up of extra soft bristles that are gentle to the teeth and gums. However, it is claimed that soft bristles wears out faster than medium or hard bristles found in adults brushes.
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Nothing much can be done on this but rather when the toothbrush wear out remember to change it as it is not effective anymore in removing dental plaque.
Kids loves chewing their toothbrushes especially the toddlers and this cause their toothbrush to wear out even more quicker than adults toothbrush. This is why it is advised that we help kids under 7 years old brush their teeth always until they are 7 years old. This is to help them learn proper oral hygiene while preventing things chewing or over brushing.
There might be others reasons as to why children toothbrushes wear out faster than adults but I have the 3 above to be the main reasons as to why this happens.
And now you know the reason one being poor brushing technique, here is how you can teach or help your child brush their teeth properly using modified bass technique.
How to Brush Kids Teeth Properly?
- Use toothbrush with soft or extra soft bristles as the hard one can harm kids gum tissue causing gums recession
- Use pea size kids fluoride toothpaste. This helps strengthening tooth enamel and preventing tooth cavities.
- Place the toothbrush at 45 degree slightly under the gum line, just the same way you hold a pen. This offers moderate stroke.
- With the brush at 45 degree and with gentle pressure, start cycling the brush 15 to 20 times before moving to another area. If you are using a manual toothbrush, it should cover 2 to 3 teeth at the time
- To brush the inside of the front teeth, hold the brush in vertical position start brushing making sure you reach the gum tissue
- Use the same technique to brush the tongue too
- And use the back and forth sweeping to brush the chewing area.
- Set the timer to make sure that you brush the kids teeth for at least two minutes time. This gives you ample time to brush each tooth effectively.
- Change the kids tooth brush regularly as soon as it starts wearing out
Remember not only to brush kids teeth but also to floss them once a day. And if they have large spaces between teeth trying using interdental brushes and rinse with the mouthwash to offer proper oral hygiene