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Age and electric toothbrushes



Is there a recommended age limit for use of electric toothbrushes? Is it okay to use one in a child under 4 years old? Do you know where I can find more information on electric toothbrushes?


The use of electric toothbrushes generates many questions from parents and we`ve discussed them here on NetWellness before. They are no more effective at cleaning teeth than a manual toothbrush, used appropriately. Some parents try an electric brush in hopes that the novelty will encourage their children to brush more frequently but there is no evidence that this works. In cases where an individual has a disability which prevents him or her from brushing well, an electric toothbrush can be a great assistance. Bottom line is that if you are already thoroughly cleaning your child`s teeth with a manual brush, an electric brush won`t do any better. There is no harm in trying one with a young child if you are willing to pay the cost.

You can find information on electric toothbrushes by searching the World Wide Web. There are a number of sites which compare cost and user opinion. There is no scientific evidence that one is superior to another and user preference is the determining factor in your selection.

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Go to the Dental and Oral Health (Children) health topic.