Finding the Best Electric Toothbrush for Kids

When Should a Child Start Using an Electric Toothbrush
If you’re considering brushing your child’s teeth with an electric toothbrush, wait until your child is at least three years old. Do not use an electric toothbrush with children younger than three years old. Before that, a manual toothbrush should be used.

How to Select the Right Electric Toothbrush for Your Kid
In addition to electric toothbrushes for adults, Oral-B makes a whole line of kids’ electric toothbrushes with special features designed for children of 3+ years old. While they have similar brush movements and timers to their adult counterparts, Oral-B Stages Power electric toothbrushes are available in bright colors featuring their favorite ©Disney characters to make brushing more fun. They also include some of the following great features to help kids love brushing and get excited about their oral health:

What is the Best Electric Toothbrush for Your Kid?
Each of the Oral-B Stages kids’ toothbrushes (as of 3+ years old) are geared toward children of specific age groups with a wide range of character companions, from ©Disney characters like Mickey or Frozen, Cars to Star Wars™ and LucasFilm Ltd.™ characters. Every stage in a child’s oral health development is important, and that’s why Oral-B’s range can inspire fun and healthy brushing habits. You can find choices ranging from manual toothbrushes for toddlers all the way up to older kids’ electric toothbrushes.

  • Oral-B for baby. Before you buy your child’s first electric toothbrush they can use on their own, you’ll need to brush your baby’s teeth for them. Start with a ©Disney Baby Manual Toothbrush, specially designed with extra-soft bristles for small, sensitive mouths aged four months to two years.
  • Oral-B Stages manual toothbrushes are made for toddlers aged two to four. At this age, you’ll want to closely supervise them while brushing and, in some cases, you may have to do it for them while they learn the proper techniques.
  • For children 3+, you can begin a superior oral care regimen for your child with an electric toothbrush. You can help your kids learn the ropes of brushing with a kids’ electric toothbrush. Although you will still want to monitor their endeavors, you should be confident that you have started your child on a lifetime of healthy oral care habits.
  • Kids aged 8-12 should be brushing regularly and completely on their own. As they continue to grow, remind them of the great oral hygiene habits they have developed with Oral-B Stages Electric Toothbrushes. With the Disney Magic Timer™ App, brushing will always be a magical time.

The above contents were extracted from Oral-B official site – https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/kids/finding-best-electric-toothbrush-kids#Start

Best Children’s electric toothbrush (3-6 years old) – Oral-B Stages Power Kids Electric Toothbrush

The Oral-B Stages Power Kids Electric Toothbrush (D12.513K) definitely has the fun factor. It currently comes in five different patterns and designs:

  • Disney Cars
  • Disney Star Wars
  • Marvel Avengers
  • Disney Princesses
  • Frozen

1) The fun factor
This means that your child will take a liking to at least one of the designs. The Oral-B Stages also comes with the Disney Magic Timer app which is exclusive to Oral-B Products. This is available on Apple iPhone and android apps on google play. When this app is connected to your electric toothbrush, the longer your child brushes their teeth, the more the image is revealed. All images are of Disney characters and are well designed. The app also tracks your child’s progress, earn badges and rewards them for brushing longer and twice a day. This is an excellent oral health promotion tool and 90% of children brush longer when using it.

Disney Magic Timer – iOS Trailer

2) Mechanism of Action
The Oral-B Stages Power Kids Electric toothbrush uses a 2D Oscillating-rotating mechanism of action similar to the Oral-B Vitality for adults. A 2D action is a rotary action which oscillates and rotates. This is inferior to the 3D mechanism of action featured on the Adult Oral-B Pro range. There are currently no children’s electric toothbrushes that feature 3D oscillating, rotating and pulsation. There is substantial evidence that the 2D oscillating rotating is better at cleaning plaque than sonic toothbrushes.

The Oral-B Stages power kids electric toothbrush comes as standard with 1 x  Oral-B kids brush head. These brush heads are designed for children aged 3+ because they have very small head sizes and soft bristles. Between the 3-6 age range children are beginning to clean their own teeth so having soft bristles is great because kids frequently press way too hard.

3) Portability

The Oral-B Stages Power Kids Electric Toothbrush is lightweight and compact in design. It would be easy to put into a backpack or hand luggage when travelling. It does not come as standard with a travel case.

4) Battery Life

The battery stores up to 20 minutes of charge. This is enough for 5 days of use twice a day for 2 minutes. This is a little on the low side for a rechargeable electric toothbrush, however, is acceptable.

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