Brushing your teeth can sometimes feel like a bit of a chore, so imagine how your little one must feel when they know they could be spending those two minutes of teeth brushing playing with their favourite toy instead. Maybe it's time to make brushing their teeth fun and easy with an electric toothbrush. The best electric toothbrushes for kids will excite them and make them want to brush their teeth.
With a range of fun brushes available, it helps to encourage good teeth cleaning habits in fun ways, with timed pulsations, LED lights and even quirky character brushes.
When should a child begin to use an toothbrush?
As soon as your little bundle of joy sprouts that first shiny peg it will need a toothbrush. Plaque will begin to build up on the surface of the tooth. Babies must have a specifically designed baby toothbrush. Manual toothbrushes are best for children under the age of three.
Are electric toothbrushes better than manual?
Electric toothbrushes are scientifically proven to help healthier gums and prevent tooth decay. It's very important to start those healthy habits from a young age, so your little one can have a glowing report at every dentist trip, where they'll walk out with a beaming smile.
Here are our top pick of electric toothbrushes for your children.
Best electric toothbrushes for kids
Oral-B Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
With an automatic timer, this toothbrush helps teach children to brush their teeth for the recomended two minutes and the round toothbrush head rotates and pulsates to help break up plaque. It also has a rechargeable battery which can last up to seven days. Plus, they'll love the characters.
U-Shaped Electric Toothbrush
With a unique U-shape design, this toothbrush has an easy-to-hold handle that helps children to brush their teeth and clean in all directions with ease. It looks a bit odd and for adults might seem a bit curious, but little ones won't know any different so will take to it easier than we might.
Designed for kids between 2-7 years old, you can switch between brush heads too if they're ready to move onto something a little more traditional.
Kids Sonic Toothbrush
This soft, LED toothbrush makes brushing fun. It even has a smart 30-second timer to remind little ones to change direction and where they are brushing, and a two-minute timer to help encourage healthy brushing habits. The colourful LED lights will make tooth-brushing a bit more fun and interactive.
Brusheez Unicorn Toothbrush
This little set comes with a rinsing cup, a two-minute sand timer (like a mini egg timer), and a stand for your little one's toothbrush. The unicorn designs makes brushing their teeth fun and exciting, and the whole set helps to encourage healthy habits. It's also available in elephant and giraffe designs, too.
Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush
This cute toothbrush has six brushing modes, from soft mode for first time use to gum care mode for sensitive teeth. It's waterproof, (perfect for bathtime teeth brushing), rechargeable and also has a detachable toothbrush head for changing. It comes in a range of designs - how about letting your toddler choose their design so they feel more ownership?
Colgate Trolls Toothbrush
This battery-operated toothbrush has extra soft bristles and a small oscillating head that helps to clean teeth and gently sweep away plaque. It's significantly cheaper than the others on our list - it's comparable to the cost of a good manual toothbrush - so it might be worth trying if you're not sure how your little one will react to an electric toothbrush.
Are electric toothbrushes safe for toddlers?
Electric toothbrushes are safe for a child three years old and older. However, you will need to ensure that you are supervising your child whilst they brush their teeth. It is important to give clear instructions on how and where the toothbrush should be used.