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The right electric toothbrush for our children – which one to choose?

szczoteczka elektryczna dla dzieciCreating the new generation of toothbrushes has received a great deal of concrete attention.  The manual toothbrush becomes a gradually rarer pick, replaced by its electric counterpart. The users grew to appreciate its precise functioning which has a positive effect on not only the looks, but also health of the enamel. This is why the parents started to think about letting their children use these devices as well, and even if they could, which one should they choose?

The right head tip or specialized toothbrush?

There are many options available on the market. However, the basic rule is that the electric toothbrush can only be used by the children at the age of 3 and older. At the younger age, the teeth aren’t fully adapted yet and it’s better to use the specialized toothbrushes with soft bristles instead. It isn’t safe for the very young children either, as they can’t hold and use the toothbrush properly yet. Once our child reaches the suitable age, we can slowly introduce them to the vast world of electric toothbrushes. We’ve got two choices here – we can start off by buying a children’s head tip and attaching it to our own toothbrush, helping our child getting used to the device, and then we can decide if we’ll allow them to keep using our toothbrush with their own head tip attached or if our child is ready to receive their own toothbrush.

Should we buy the electric or sonic toothbrush for our child?

The electric toothbrushes of various kinds dominate the oral hygiene market, pushing the manual toothbrushes more and more into obscurity. And while they are, undoubtedly, the right choice for adults, thanks to the increased amount of dental plaque they remove, it still begs a question – are they suitable for children? Even the fact that more and more products like this, marketed as suitable for children, appear at stores still doesn’t erase all of the parents’ doubts. In this article we will explain if the children can use electric and sonic toothbrushes.

At what age a child can use the electric toothbrush?

Using the electric (regular or sonic) toothbrush is recommended after our child gets past their third birthday. It’s important to know that teaching them how to use the manual toothbrush first is heavily recommended, as it will teach them the correct brushing technique, while also developing their motor functions.

Electric toothbrushes for children

Amongst the products aimed at the youngest users we can find both the classic Oral-B electric toothbrushes and the Philips Sonicare sonic toothbrushes, which dominate their part of the market.


The classic electric toothbrushes for children are characterized by their small anti-slip handle, short neck and a small head tip. They are also lighter than the models aimed at adults. The edges of the heads are usually covered in rubber in order to avoid damaging the child’s teeth. The bristles on the other hand are exceptionally soft. The device can be powered by AA batteries or electricity.


The electric toothbrushes for children have a built-in timer (with a two minute countdown, necessary for the correct brushing) and, occasionally, Quadpacer – the program informing us about moving on to another part of our oral cavity every 30 seconds.


The children’s sonic toothbrushes perform similarly to the models for adults. They make sweeping movements while also sending out soundwaves, which make the bristles vibrate. This causes the so-called cloud of active bubbles to happen, which can carry the combination of water, saliva and active ingredients of the toothpaste 4mm away from the bristles. This makes them perfect for cleaning the spots the toothbrush simply can’t reach, like the areas close to the dental braces or the interdental surfaces, which can be problematic to clean, as the children can’t floss their teeth by themselves yet.


The sonic toothbrushes for children are light and small, have anti-slip handles and small head tips with very soft bristles.


The manufacturers of both types of electric toothbrushes are doing everything they can in order to make their products interesting to the kids. The handles are often decorated by the colorful shapes or pictures of cartoon characters. Some of the oral hygiene products can make sounds, play different melodies or glow in the dark.

Which head tips should we choose for our child’s electric toothbrush?

On the market we can find two basic head tip types for the classic and sonic toothbrushes suitable for children:

3+ – made for the youngest users of the electric oral hygiene devices.
7+ – made for the older children. Can also be used by the adults with small dental arches.


Both head types are outfitted with very soft bristles. They should be replaced as often as the regular manual toothbrushes, which is 3 months at most. What’s interesting is that the head tips made by a certain brand will fit onto the every handle made by the said company. Thanks to that, when our child gets older, they can use our own toothbrush, with their smaller head tip attached.


The research confirms that the children don’t brush their teeth correctly, especially when it comes to the teeth in the rear. This makes the electric toothbrush a worthwhile investment, as it will do the work for them, while also looking and functioning interestingly enough for our child to make them want to use it daily in the first place.


szczoteczki do zębówThe manufacturers tend to recommend the purchase of a separate device. The electric toothbrush for children is smaller and better adjusted to the smaller hands. The specially designed anti-slip handle ensures easy and firm grip as well. Additionally, a musical timer has been implemented as well – it plays the chosen melody for 1 minute to let the child know that they’re supposed to brush the upper jaw before playing a different tune for another minute, reminding them about moving on the bottom jaw. Usually, the manufacturers upload somewhere around 15 melodies to their devices. This prevents brushing from getting boring. The design is a pleasant touch as well – the casing is modeled after the popular cartoon characters.

Good choice

The device adjusted to the child’s personality is essential. Many people have already learned that tooth brushing can get hard for a child. That’s why the options offered by the electric toothbrush make even the most capricious child eager to try it out. In the instances where our child isn’t picky and they don’t bother brushing their teeth, we can decide for a cheaper option and buy the replaceable tip for our own toothbrush instead.