New school year, new toothbrush

School is just around the corner! In the sea of clothes and school supplies you’ll be swimming through, a new toothbrush should not be forgotten on the back-to-school checklist.

To save you time in the aisle wondering, which is the best toothbrush for kids, we’ll help you sort out the options:

How often should you change your toothbrush?

The American Dental Association recommends you change toothbrushes every 3-4 months because frayed bristles don’t clean as well. Pairing a new toothbrush with important days may help you remember to change it. Try these for easy cues: back-to-school, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, school’s out.

Just as important as replacing an old toothbrush, you should make sure you buy your child the right toothbrush.

Does toothbrush size or shape matter?

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all toothbrush for children. The right size for your child varies by age, from infant to preteen. The shape and size of the toothbrush should allow it to fit comfortably in your child’s mouth. This allows them to reach all areas easily and safely. Most manufacturers provide age guidance on packaging to help your choice.

Should you clean your toothbrush?

Toothbrushes should be kept clean. Rinse the toothbrush after every use, store it in an upright position and let it dry before using it again. Don’t store toothbrushes in closed containers. Bacteria likes to grow in moist spaces.

New, clean toothbrushes mean clean teeth and clean teeth mean awesome smiles in those school photos and yearbook pictures.

While you’re at it, now’s a great time to book that back-to-school dentist appointment too!

Take care of your child’s toothbrush and their teeth this school year!